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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more


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I feel pinching and itching at site of healing at minor puncture wound of boils with my home sewing needle. Redness is decreasing. Normal?

I feel pinching and itching at site of healing at minor puncture wound of boils with my home sewing needle. Redness is decreasing. Normal?

Maybe: If the redness is decreasing, it's probably getting better. I wouldn't be surprised if the boil recurs, though. ...Read more

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I have a large red boil/spot on the end of my nose. What are the best tips to make the redness disappear?

I have a large red boil/spot on the end of my nose. What are the best tips to make the redness disappear?

Warm compresses: It may take some time for this to disappear because it is the result of an inflammatory process which includes increasing the blood supply to the affected area. Using heat may help the rate of clearance. ...Read more

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I waxed my bikini area@home. It got sore so I stopped. A day later, when I went2finish the job, noticed redness, now I have multiple boils w/pus! HELP PLS!

Need to see a doc: Not an uncommon problem. This is obviously an infection and requires antibiotics. This could be folliculitis or infection of the hair follicles. Usually caused by staph and sometimes MRSA which is harder to treat. Also caused by shaving. Time to get into a doctor. ...Read more

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Boil in inner thigh, treat w warm compress & amox, less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed, but ders hard part below the skin, is it ok?

Boil in inner thigh, treat w warm compress & amox, less pain & redness, no draining of pus bcos wound healed, but ders hard part below the skin, is it ok?

Residual infection: The hard, leathery, often darkened skin @ the site of a boil is residual inflammation from the skin infection. The skin should soften over time, but cd leave a scar. I wd say at this point, it's normal. But watch for fevers, more drainage, or worsening symptoms that may mean the infection (boil) is coming back. Also get checked for MRSA & diabetes (which predispose to boils) if this is not 1st one ...Read more

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Hi, I have a boil on the little finger of my left hand which has led to the swelling and redness of my whole hand. Its been 4 days. What do I do?

Now! Go Now!: It's about time to be examined by a physician. Call your primary care physician or get into an urgent care. I advise you to do this as soon as possible as you are doing a good job of describing a spreading cellulitis. Untreated, things can and will get much worse. ...Read more

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How to stop big boils from occurring? Big red boils, that hurt really bad.

Good hygiene: Need to obtain a nasal swab for mrsa. May need to be on an antibiotic for weeks or months to supress the bacteria. May need to shower with hibiclens daily for several weeks. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean if a large boil has red streaks coming out of it?

What exactly does it mean if a large boil has red streaks coming out of it?

Boils: Are caused by an infection that occurs in the hair follicles. The best way to get rid of boils is an antibacterial soap which will get rid of all the bacteria. If the condition still persist after 7 days visit your physician for the evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Does black stuff come out of boils its a bump and all red

This: This is difficult to answer without a clinical examination. Read more about boils at the link below. I hope that helps! ...Read more

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Large boil on panty line. Not red, but soft in middle and hard around and very painful. I've had it for a month or longer. What should I do?

Large boil on panty line. Not red, but soft in middle and hard around and very painful. I've had it for a month or longer. What should I do?

Boil?: A boil is a localized skin infection which should be red, hot, swollen and tender. Also, it should feel hard unless it is a localized abscess and has pus. If so, it is unlikely it would be present for a month without change. Other considerations are a benign fatty mass called lipoma or a bruise in the area from trauma from your panty elastic. Regardless, a doc visit is a good idea to find out. ...Read more

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What to do I break out with boils I gusse they are if I squeez them the will turn purple and red then I pop it and grren stuff comes out I got 9scars from this what is this

What to do I break out with boils I gusse they are if I squeez them the will turn purple and red then I pop it and grren stuff comes out I got 9scars from this what is this

Hello.: Hello. It sounds like you may be getting bacterial infections of your skin. Staphylococcus aureus is often the cause. You can place warm compresses on the boil, replacing as it cools down for 20 to 30 minutes at a time every few hours. However, since this is a recurrent problem for you, recommend that you see your regular doctor or a dermatologist to determine the cause. Don't cut it open. I know it is hard to resist squeezing them but that can cause the infection to spread. So don't squeeze the boils either. If you get redness and warmth in the surrounding skin - it could be a sign of cellulitis. If the boil is very large or doesn't resolve within a few days, recommend getting is seen more promptly. If you develop a fever in reaction to the boil - than you need to get immediate care. Don't know your age or health, but if you are diabetic or immune compromised for another reasons, you should not delay in getting seen. Take care. ...Read more

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Should all boils on back get evaluated? It's very dark red/purplish

Staph: In a world where staph infections are actually life threatening yes you should get these abscesses evaluated. ...Read more

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Boil is draining and very red and painful on antibioticd. When will I heal?

Boil is draining and very red and painful on antibioticd. When will I heal?

Soon: Assuming that the antibiotic chosen is appropriate this should begin to clear within a day or two of starting treatment, but may persist and gradually heal over the next 7 to 10 days or occasionally longer. ...Read more

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I popped a boil on my back that left a pinkish red hole - should I be concerned?

Should heal ok: It is an inflammatory process that follows where the body "fix" the affected region that might take few days
If it gets bigger or more painful I would suggest to get it checked by your doctor ...Read more

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Could I have a boil? My fiancée found something on my butt, it's really red, and big but he didn't see it until today and it doesn't hurt

Show it to a doctor: Boils often hurt, especially when you touch them, so this a bit unusual. Is the lesion raised up? Does it have a pus-filled center like a volcano? Those would be other characteristics of a boil. Boils can definitely occur in the butt area, since that is a normal habitat for Staph -and many boils are caused by Staph. A doctor should be able to definitively diagnose that AND help with the treatment. ...Read more

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I had what I think was a boilon my butt rupture when I wiped today. It bled a lot. There is a big hole and it is deep red in color. Is this a boil?

Get this looked at!: Several possible causes, but a staph infection needs to be seriously considered in this situation. Please contact your doctor, and get this looked at as soon as possible. Best of luck. ...Read more

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My TB result looks over 15 mm vertically and exactly 15 horizontally. It is not red but only slightly pink, no boils, still is soft and even positive?

TB Skin Test: The size of the induration is the most important to examine 48 to 72 hours after administration of a PPD (tb skin test). An induration of 15 mm is considered positive for TB but may also be indicative of a prior bcg vaccination, commonly encountered in many non-us born individuals. Various factors such as signs & symptoms of TB and prior exposure will help determine need for treatment. ...Read more

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What is a red bump that hurts like a spider or boil but has a black lookin head on it?

What is a red bump that hurts like a spider or boil but has a black lookin head on it?

Infected cyst: Antibiotics may be ableto quiet it down but it probably needs to be drained. The cyst wall will be removed at the time of drainage. The cyst wall may need to be removed later after the infection has resolved. ...Read more

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I have a medium sized red boil looking bump on my underarm and it's been there for a week and its not painful and its kind of squishy what is it?

I have a medium sized red boil looking bump on my underarm and it's been there for a week and its not painful and its kind of squishy what is it?

Boil: It sounds like you may have an ingrown hair or "folliculitis", which is basically irritation or infection from the ingrown hair. Warm compresses help, rarely antibiotics and drainage are required. ...Read more

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Hi. I have a pimple underneath my left underarm. The head of it is red. I'm scared. Is it just a pimple or a boil?

Use warm compress: And see doctor. A little topical hydrocortisone won't hurt but need to make sure it is not infected, and may need oral antibiotics if not clearing ...Read more

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I have an absess/boil on top of breast that leaked one is red and really painful?

Abscess: Needs to be evaluated by a doctor, it may need to be drained and antibiotics are usually needed, make an appointment with your physician. Good luck! ...Read more