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A 18-year-old male asked:

I have been taking a 3 month lymecycline course for 1 month and 1 week. a boil has burst and drained but is not healing. why?

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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Boil: I assume you're taking lymcycline for acne treatment. A concealing boil may need more drainage and another type of antibiotic to eradicate staphylococcus which is the bacterium usually involved in boil infections. A surgeon would be best to consult if the boil is large or incompletely drained. A culture and sensitivity of puss may be sent to the lab for confirmation of the causative bacteria

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