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A 22-year-old female asked:

my boil popped by itself and it has decreased in size it is 1cm now. but it is still hard and is very painful. why is this? should i go see a gp?

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Dr. Martin Raff
Infectious Disease 56 years experience
Perhaps: You can apply warm moist heat to this every hour or two for 10-15 minutes until it comes to a head, ruptures and drains. The problem is that it may still recur, has not been cultured to isolate the causative organism, and it may need antibiotic therapy. Uk physicians are excellent and may be of great assistance. Go.

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Last updated Jun 12, 2013

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