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what do boils look like

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Dr. Vance Harris
36 years experience Family Medicine
Boils: They usually hurt and are on a red base, tender and swollen like an infection.
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Photograph: This is a photograph of a typical looking boil: http://www.Bing.Com/images/search?Q=boils+on+skin&qs=im&form=qbir&pq=boils&sc=8-5&sp=2&sk=im1#view= ... Read More

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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Norman Levine
50 years experience Dermatology
Boil: As a boil heals, the area becomes softer, less tender, drains less and becomes less red.
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A female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Hi. : Hi. I cannot diagnose your bumps. You described them as being rather small. Pimples and pustules in the pubic area can sometimes be folliculitis. The ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Weissberg
54 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Red,swollen, hot,: Like a boil anywhere else
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Jacobs
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes,it is. You: need an antibiotic and warm compresses to the boil 4-5x/day to help it open and drain..
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mark Hoepfner
38 years experience General Surgery
Depends: Some skin infections will develop a painful skin swelling but without abscess fluid to drain out. Some skin infections form a pocket of abscess fluid ... Read More
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Dr. Laura McMullen
20 years experience Pediatrics
It : It sounds as though your son may have a skin infection with abscesses or "boils". These usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and t ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Seward
21 years experience Dermatology
It : It is possible that you might have hidradenitis suppurativa, which is a condition whereby you get boils/cysts/acne like lesions in the groin, armpits, ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Ein
47 years experience Infectious Disease
See below: The bruise would indicate there was some bleeding into the skin at the site of the boil. This can occasionally happen. What's most important is to g ... Read More

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