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Antibiotics For Skin Boils
I have scalp spots on my head and I've had them for over 10 years I've been on antibiotics for over 4 years and their like little boils that pop?
Dermatologist eval: Hard to tell what they are without a picture so they should be examined by a dermatologist if they haven't been already ...Read more
Popped a boil on my 4 year old's butt. It had come to a head and was draining on its own a little. I followed with antibiotic ointment. Was this bad?
I'm almost done with my antibiotic/prednisone run. Various sm cysts and abcesses began sprouting boils thru my skin, what happens when meds are gone?
What medical condition causes boils to appear on your body consistantly even on the paraneal area. Rash on testicles have taken antibiotics and use skin creams, noting has seem to work. Please help
It sounds as though you may have a skin infection with abscesses or "boils". These usually start out as tender, red areas which become hard and then eventually develop a "head" of white pus. Once this drains, the area usually heals on its own. Most of these are caused by staphylococcus aureas, a common bacteria found on the skin. Occasionally, however, the can be caused by mrsa, the antibiotic resistent kind of staph bacteria. No one knows why some people are susceptible to getting boils while others are not. There is a type of neutrophil-associated immune deficiency that can predispose you to boils, so it might be worth getting tested.
Next time you develop one of these infections, start out by applying warm compresses to the area to help draw the infection out. Then, you should go to your doctor so that they can drain it, test for what bacteria is causing it and be able to treat you appropriately - sometimes with antibiotics, sometimes just with drainage. If you ever develops fever, chills, or feels ill with this infection, call your doctor immediately.
You can try and prevent these infections by practicing good hygiene and using anti-bacterial soaps. Some doctors also advocate bathing once a week with a 1/4 cup of bleach in a half-full bathtub or washing with chlorhexadine to decrease the bacterial count on your skin. You may also want to consider using intranasal bactroban (mupirocin) twice a day for a month to eliminate the staph bacteria living in your nose. Your doctor may have other suggestions for prevention. Good luck! ...Read more
My husband got boils/spots 4month ago r big, painful, red in his head and chest, doctor give antibiotics but no results, could be sign of HIV or diabetes?
16-yo boy itchy all over, small white/pink bumps appearing on skin. Lives in tropical Mex w/ teen athletes. Took antibiotcs 2 wks ago for staph boils?
R/O CELLULITIS: Cellulitis is a superficial skin infection that can be caused after an abrasion or rupture of a boil. Keep the area clean and apply topical antibiotics. Seek prompt evaluation for potential need of oral antibiotics/X-ray /labs. F/U with your doctor if symptoms persist or worsen, oral antibiotics may be needed. GET THE AREA CULTURED TO EVALUATE FOR MRSA. ...Read more
I have a boil under my eye, have been given antibiotics 4 days ago and no change. What can I do to help bring it to a head/drain it?
Stye: If it is at the lid margin it is a Hordeolum (stye) it is an inflammatory lesions. It is Chalazia if it is on the eyelid and are subacute or chronic, noninfected, and generally less painful lesions. Treatment can consist of antibiotic drops or ointment and warm compresses and inti-inflammatory medications. ...Read more
Recent infected spot turned boil treated 2 courses of antibiotics. This burst draining the infection and has now healed but still a lump under skin?
How big is the lump?: It's always hard to predict the future course. This could get smaller, stay the same size, or eventually get larger again. Silly surgeon saying is "when in doubt, cut it out." Discuss with your doctor the pros/cons of removing now when small and easy to do, vs watchful waiting. ...Read more
Why does neosporin and triple antibiotic ointment cause skin irritation to the penis like pain, burning and boil like pimples near the head?
Staph and Strep: A boil may need to be drained. If there is a collection of pus, an antibiotic may not effectively penetrate and treat the infection. Usually an antibiotic that covers staph and strep is needed and MRSA may need to be treated. Doxycycline, Bactrim, or Augmentin (amoxicillin and clavulanate) are common choices. Be careful as boils can lead to disseminated infections in the skin or blood. ...Read more
Boil: Boils are referred to as abscesses, in the medical community. They can occur from breaks in the skin, which provide a route of infection for bacteria to form an abscess (collection of pus/infection). When this happens, you may need to see a medical provider who may need to prescribe you antibiotics or incise and drain the abscess. Incision and drainage is preferable over antibiotics however. ...Read more
Painful!: That sounds very painful for you. Your doctor may need to lance the boil to relieve the pressure and allow the pus to drain. Without this, antibiotics may have a difficult time getting into that space. Sitz baths may be helpful until you can see your doctor and receive the best help. ...Read more
I have been having boils for the past two months and I have gone to see doctors and I have been give antibiotics but it always comes back.
Hidradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs in areas of the body that contain sweat glands including the armpits, groin, buttocks, scalp, and under the female breast. When the condition is mild it may only present as a cluster of 2 or 3 blackheads that communicate under the skin. Once the disease begins, it gets progressively worse. The extensive, deep inflammation leads to painful abscesses. ...Read more
I'm having recurring boils from last two months. I've used some antibiotic but after some time duration it comes back. One after another. Please help?
Oral Antibiotic: Or injected antibiotics would be needed here, along with good skin care with cleansing agent such as Hibiclens. There is not much time to waste as these recurrent infections will become abscesses as the bacteria are likely highly resistant to common OTC and prescribed antibiotics. Thanks for trusting in healthTap. ...Read more
I have had 3 boils in past 3 weeks. And I also had antibiotics but no difference is there. It isn't about hygiene, that I know for sure. What's night?
May need drainage: Boils and abscesses often require drainage for cure. If the boil is small and redness is not spreading out from around it, you can use hot compresses (cloth soaked in hot water). If it gets bigger, see a health provider to determine if it needs to be opened up. Often an antibiotic for skin infections is given as well, like bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) keflex, or doxycycline. ...Read more
Glutathione: This product which claims to improve skin and promote resistance to infection is not likely to interfere with antibiotics being taken for boils, but no guarantees. ...Read more
I have had boils really bad for about two months. I have had four lots of antibiotics but I am still getting them. I feel very ill?
See ID doctor: You should see an infectious disease specialist. You need to have the pus from the boils cultured so you can know what antibiotics will work to treat them. You need to find out if you have any underlying immune problems making you prone to them. And you need to discuss ways to decrease amount of bacteria you are carrying on your skin to prevent further outbreaks. Infectious disease doc can help! ...Read more
I've been having boils that won't go away. Antibiotics isn't helping. What else can I do? I've tried different ointments and nothing helps.
I always have an occasional boil every 2 months or so. But ever since I have been taken this antibiotic more have came. Could it be the antibiotic?
MRSA?: A boil is just a collection of pus and bacteria. I doubt that an antibiotic is causing a boil. Perhaps you have an infection from a bacteria that the antibiotic does not cover. For example, if you are taking Keflex to treat mrsa, you will probably not have any improvement. I suggest you see an infectious diseases specialist treat your current infection and to help prevent any future outbreaks. ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: External applications of abx ointments can help stop the spread of the boils germs once it empties, but is unligely to get inside the boil and kill the germs. Appling moist heat to the area often brings the boil to a point it will drain and then heal. Keep the area clean and it should heal well. If you have multiple boils or they recur frequently, oral meds may be needed to eliminate the source. ...Read more
...: Boils are typically caused by the bacteria called staphylococcus aureus (mrsa and mssa). It is usually spread through contact with someone’s skin or personal items (towels, razors, etc). To prevent MRSA wash your hands often, keep cuts covered, and don't share towels or razors. Treatment of boils can include drainage and antibiotics depending on the sensitivity of the bacteria isolated. ...Read more
When do boils stop being contagious? Mine has now popped. No more discharge etc. Still on antibiotics till monday next week. Can I stop dressing it?
Not contagious: Oral antibiotics are really not necessary in most cases of localized infection like boils. Incising and draining them, and packing them with antibiotic or iodoform gauze is usually the best treatment. However, if yours was small, has already come to head on its own and is no longer draining, it should be ok. Soap and water is fine. If they are open at all, keep them dressed. They aren't contagious. ...Read more
What do I do if I keep getting MRSA boils? And I'm already on antibiotics, and I think I might have folicultis. They won't go away : (& keepscarring
My first daughter has boils that have persisted and affected my second daughter after using several antibiotics and peniccilin. How can I treat this.?
Boils: Staphylococcal infection is a common cause of recurrent boils. Other family members may carry it on the skin without symptoms and pass it around. Need to find out the exact cause of it. Your physician can culture the pus. If staphylocoocal infection is confirmed discuss with your pcp about treatment options to try to eradicate staphylococcus from skin. ...Read more
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