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A 37-year-old member asked:

i keep getting boils on my bottom, why?

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Dr. Ryan Phasouk
Family Medicine 18 years experience
Buttock boils: Boils of the buttocks region develop from a number of things. Some of those include the the high moisture related to the region, as well as poor hygiene and proximity of the buttock to the rectum, which increases the amount of bacteria and debris within the buttocks area. This provides a great environment for boils to develop.

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A 68-year-old member asked about a 10-year-old member:

What causes boils?

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Dr. Joseph Roosth
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
Bacteria: Bacteria gain entrance to the skin and are fruitful and multiply. These are very common in the groin and in the under arm areas where shaving often results in ingrown hairs that get infected and turn in to infected cysts. Generally it is best to have them drained by a skilled physician.Antibiotics usually help. Never squeeze and try and pop them.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Why do I keep getting boils in the bikini area?

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Dermatology 46 years experience
Infection, hidraaden: This can represent a bacterial, yeast or fungal infection which needs to be treated. You also need to be evaluated for underlying problem such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. It could laso represent inflammation of the apocrine glands called hidraadenitis suppuritiva. This is best evalauated and treated by a primary care physician or dermatologist in person.
A 25-year-old member asked:

What is the cause and the remedy for boils in your armpits?

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Dr. William Dailey
Family Medicine 20 years experience
Cause?: This problem is usually referred to as hydradentitis supportiva. The cause is usually bacterial and some people are just susceptible to it. The treatment ranges from antibiotics to surgery.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How can I treat boils?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Carefully: A boil is a skin abscess. If it is small, you may use hot packs and if it has come to a head, you may carefully prick the "head" and gently express the pus with a clean cloth and clean hands. If it is larger, painful and in a precarious place, you need to be seen. Infections now with MRSA are very serious. Don't hesitate to get in and be seen and get appropriate treatment.
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A 30-year-old member asked:

How can I treat boils at home?

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Internal Medicine 24 years experience
"boils": Warm compresses +/- bath.

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