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what does the head of a boil look like

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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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Henry Ng
Dr. Henry Ng answered
19 years experience Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Warm compresses: A warm compress will increase local blood flow and allow a collection of white blood cells to form. If it persists and does not drain, you may need ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
Varies a lot...: Boils come in many sizes, such as 1/4 of an inch up to more than an inch. They can be anywhere in the body. Also, different people's bodies react to b ... Read More
Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
Warm soaks: Boils come to a head in a few days. Applying warm compresses helps bring them to a head and promotes drainage.
Dr. Milton Mintz
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The time varies: A good way to accomplish this, is to apply hot moist packs to the lesion for about 15 minutes every 3-4 hours-- your pcp should then see it.
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randall Rogers
43 years experience General Surgery
Groin boil: If it is not too big you might cure it by putting a glob of 10per cent benzoyl peroxide on it under occlusion (band aid or better yet small piece of c ... Read More
A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Edgar Mendizabal
54 years experience Internal Medicine
Sebaceus: Cyst, perhaps infected. If it hurts, have it checked.
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Get checked: Any boil always makes me think of MRSA infection these days especially if there is a lot of pain. At your age you must factor in any underlying health ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
56 years experience Dermatology
Wrong question: This goo is worthless. See a DR. Meanwhile begin hot soaks.
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
Head Lesion: Without knowing exactly what this lesion is, and considering it has been there for two months, it's really time that you seek the help of a physician ... Read More
A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Roy Arnold
46 years experience Internal Medicine
Could be a boil: Infected hair follicles can develop into an abscess (boil.) Likewise sweat glands can become infected. Warm compresses tonight and call your doctor to ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Local heat: Use warm compresses and it will surface more, and may drain itself or need lancing with sterile prep and instruments. Can be from sebaceous cyst and ... Read More
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