A 19-year-old female asked:
Disclaimer

is it normal for a boil caused by an inflamed hair follicle to look like a bruise? this started after hot compress was applied and it softened.

1 doctor answer
Dr. Michael Ein
48 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 get adequate drainage of the pus in the boil without squeezing it.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month

Related questions:

A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Simon
32 years experience Integrative Medicine
Folliculitis : It sounds like folliculitis or infected hair follicles. This usually resolves with saline and warm soaks or without treatment within 2 weeks. Sometime ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
27 years experience Dermatology
Cysts: Cysts usually start from a clogged hair follicle. The dead skin and oil have nowhere to go, so the follicle swells and fills up with the matetial. Th ... Read More
4
4 thanks
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Faryal Ghaffar
30 years experience Pediatrics
Boil: A boil may heal / drain on its own. Wam compresses may help a boil drain spontaneously. If a boil does not drain/heal by it self then it requires an ... Read More
9
9 thanks
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Boling
39 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
An exam: with your doctor, is really the best course of action. If this becomes recurrent , treatment exists as well.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits
$15 per month