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Best Antibiotic 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?
What is the best medication for getting rid of and preventing boils under the armpit? What is the best antibiotic to take
Plz prescribe the best antibiotics for recurring boils on buttocks I had taken amox+clav but the infection is still recurring. Plz, the full treatment?
Hydranitis supprativ: You may be describing a serious skin condition hydranitis supprativa, which are reoccuring abcesses in the groin and underarms. This condition frequently requires surgery to get under control. Less frequent minor abcesses respond to frequent cleaning with soap and water, and attention to dryness, and episodic incision and drainage of individual abcesses. ...Read more
Depends: Choices of antibiotics are made based upon their effectiveness against the particular organism causing the infection, the patient in whom the infection is occurring and a variety of other factors. You need to discuss this with the doctor who has diagnosed your "skin infection". Best wishes and good luck. ...Read more
Which is the best anabiotic for boils? Biaxin, Gentamicin, Azithromycin, Gentamicin, or Levaquin (levofloxacin)?
None of these: See a DR, preferably a dermatologist. Begin with a diagnosis. Hidradenitis suppuritiva? Folliculitis? Distribution, location of "boils"? Specific features of them? How long? Best treatment can be determined by exam and evaluation of your entire physical state. With your stomach problem you should avoid any meds not clearly of benefit. Why no med for BP? ...Read more
What are the best antibiotics for a mosquito bite which developed into small area of red swollen tender skin??
The question: Is do you need an antibiotics or topical anti-inflammatory or antihistamine. Antibiotics may be indicated only in the presence of secondary infection. Skin infections may respond to many different antibiotics especially the Penicillins, 1st& 2nd generation cephalosporins, macrolides, teteracycline, Clindamycins............ ...Read more
I just began treating my h.pylori with a 14 day regimen of 2 antibiotics and prilosec. At what point would be best to change my toothbrush head?
I have lots of acne cyst in my poor head and face. I already took antibiotic and cream but is not gone what the best treatment of acne? Pls help
What is the best topical antibiotic for hormonal acne that isn't too harsh on the skin? I have very dry skin that tends to peel when I use topicals.
Using too much of it: If your skin is peeling and red and you are using it every day cut the usage to every second or every third day. Also, there are different vehicles that the active ingredients are in. The most potent are gels. Less so are creams. If you are on prescription drugs ask your doc to write for lower % and also for cream base. Remember, it will get better! ...Read more
Penicillin-resistant staph infection in eyes spread through head. Single antibiotics have failed. What would be the best antibiotic cocktail to take?
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
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?
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