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I have been taking lymecycline for about 3 weeks now and within the first week of taking, a boil appeared and it come and goes without busting. help?

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Dr. Daniel Ziegler
Emergency Medicine 30 years experience
If treating acne: Its possible that the antibiotic is containing the boil and thus preventing it from coming to a head and "busting" open so it can drain. Very warm wet compresses held against the boil for 10 minutes 4 times a day will draw it to the surface so it can open up and drain. You might even consider stopping the antibiotic for a few days to allow this to happen but probably won't have to.

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