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how to get rid of boils?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
If you are: experiencing recurrent boils - I would encourage medical assessment to determine the cause.
Dr. Satish Sundar
Pediatrics 34 years experience
If an infection it needs to be seen. Pustular(pus) like raised bumps need help.
Jul 9, 2015
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Abscess Treatment: An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red. Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. The middle of an abscess is full of pus and debris. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/abscess#1
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Warm compresses: If small, start w/ warm compresses, they can sometimes drain on their own, while waiting for an appt with the doc. Do not try to pop, squeeze or cut into them. I suggest seeing your doctor if you're not seeing a head to the boil, there's a lot of redness, pain, or you're having fevers.
Dr. Robert Jackson
Dermatology 43 years experience
Have to: You have to see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. An infectious disease doctor could help you also.
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Abscess Treatment: An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red. Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. The middle of an abscess is full of pus and debris. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/abscess#1
Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Boils: To treat a boil with a warm compress and tea tree oil, pour 4 teaspoons of very hot water in a bowl. Add 2 drops of tea tree oil. Take a cotton ball or piece of gauze and place it in the water. Swirl it around to moisten it and apply it directly to the boil. If this does not work see your doctor to lance the boil and be placed on antibiotics.
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Boils: You go see your doctor and have him treat them. They are caused by bacteria and are full of pus. Therefore you need antibiotics and they may need to be incised and drained. Let the doctor do it under sterile conditions, not you, your friend or your mom.

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How to get rid of boils and where do they come from?

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Dr. Pedro Hernandez
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Boils: Boils are abscesses caused by bacteria producing pus like staphylococcus. Some people are prone to them because their immune system does not protect them and they carry the bacteria in their noses and skin. It requires antibiotics orally, drainage of the abscess and topical antibiotics in the nose against staphylococcus . Usually recurs.
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What should I do to get rid of my boil?

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Dr. Martin Raff
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Soaks: Hot soaks either by direct immersion of the area or by applying hot wet packs to the area frequently (every several hours) will bring this to a head which will rupture and drain. If this does not work you may need to be treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. Do not squeeze these. If they have to be opened a sterile needle or a scalpel will be needed.
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How can I get rid of and prevent reoccurring boils?

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Dr. Dinh Bui
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Treat the cause.: If the cause of the infection is eliminated, the infection will not recur and the boil will not reoccurr. The boil is the end of the draining tract of the infection.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What do I do to get rid of a boil at home?

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Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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See Dr.: Lancing a boil to establish drainage is necessary for the fastest healing. This needs to be done under sterile conditions. In addition, moist heat and antibiotics are needed. See your dr.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a boil?

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Dr. Joseph Bark
Dermatology 49 years experience
Abscess: The primary treatment for removal of a boil is to incise and drain it. This is done under anesthesia by your general doctor or your dermatologist or your surgeon. Antibiotics are also an essential need in stopping the infection spreading through local tissues.

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