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Best Way To Heal A Boil
See your doctor: A boil is serious skin infection that should not be treated by home remedies. Especially with the increased incidence of MRSA infections, you should see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. Squeezinig or attempting to "pop" these infections frequently leads to spreading of the infection under the skin. ...Read more
Probiotics: All of us carry bacteria on every surface of the body, on the skin and in the intestine. The kind of bacteria that cause boils are an overgrowth of bad or "pathogenic" bacteria like a type of staph or strep. You can try to repopulate with good bacteria, or probiotics, either in the form or yogurt, or in tablets from a health food store. These compete with and suppress the growth of bad bacteria. ...Read more
See a Dentist: If you really have a "boil" on your tongue, that could be caused by an infection. Infections within soft tissues of the mouth can often spread to neighboring areas. This is especially dangerous if it spreads into your throat and affects your ability to breathe. You can imagine how serious that would be, right? So, see a dentist, oral surgeon, or ENT right away. The larger the "boil, " the worse. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Recurrent underarm "boils" may be related to the carriage of staph bacteria in the skin and should be treated with topical antistaph antibiotics. There are other confounding factors including diabetes, the diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurtiva etc. You should have this conditions evaluated by you dermatologist. ...Read more
What's the best way to eat an egg? Trying to gain muscle/weight. Raw egg? Hard boil? Scrambled with cheese? Help please.
Best way to get rid of boils/cysts from labia lips and boils from breasts? They don't hurt an I don't know u got them till I wash myself or check.
Exam: I would definitely get an exam from a doctor for both of these areas. Boils or cysts on breasts always need to be examined to rule out breast cancer. A boil is typically an infection, a cyst may or may not be, thus treatment is different for each. But definitely get an exam as wouldn't want to miss anything important. Good luck! ...Read more
Warm compress &: Tylenol (acetaminophen). You may get by with letting it pop, aided by warm compress, and relieve the pain with tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin and the like. If that does not relieve the boil in a couple of days, you should see your doctor to see if needs to be drained. ...Read more
Heat and antibiotics:
A boil is a collection of bacteria and white blood cells, that increases in size so it may rupture and spread. Draining it, placing a drain in some patients, heat, and an antibiotic if it is a large abscess are often prescribed.
It is essential NOT to squeeze boils, which makes them dramatically worse!
Squeezing pushes the pus deeper into tissues, makes a minor pimple into ad serious abscess ...Read more
These are, more often that not, due to staph aureus infection, and you should be seen by a doctor, have one of these opened and cultured.
The important factor is to determine whether or not this is mrsa, and if so this will influence the choice of antibiotic. You might also need to attempt nasopharyngeal and skin colonization. Good luck. ...Read more
See below: Unfortunately, this depends on a huge number of factors including but not exclusive of patient, age, health, past history, underlying factors, how the illness was treated, etc. No good answer can be given here without more information. ...Read more
Collection of pus: A boil occurs when there is an infection of one of the many skin glands. If there is simply infection, then antibiotics will do the trick. However, most boils are collections of pus (abscess) which means that even if the infection gets better, the pus has to be absorbed which takes time. Opening abscess releases pus which promotes faster healing. Simple dressings to the wound change 3 x/week. ...Read more
Possibly...: It is important to keep it covered using a band-aid. Keep an eye on it and make sure ti doesn't get infected. ...Read more
After a boil heals, there left a hole in the middle. It's quite small but I can't tell if it's a good thing or bad thing. Help?
BE PATIENT: In many such situations healing will follow a different pattern than a simple cut. The edges don't just come together (simple cut) the healing is often from the inside. Think of a pit/hole that becomes shallower every day. This is labeled secondary intent, a form of healing that often takes a bit longer. In the end, there may be a small visible scar, but healing still occurs. ...Read more
A year I had a boil and got it removed the cut would heal and like a month or 2later it would reopen how I can I get it to heal completely?
Recheck: It is possible there is still some of the boil present within the area so that may make it difficult to heal. It should probably be re-examined. ...Read more
What can I do to stop a boil from re growing or cure it its been 6 months with the same process it heals and comes back again every month?
DR visit: See your DR, you prob will need antibiotics to make the boil "completely" disappear. ...Read more
I had a boil that recently popped on its own a few weeks ago and the hole started to heal, but just a couple days ago it seems to have opened up again and is giving off an odor. What should I do?
See answer: Boils on penis or in genital area not all that uncommon. Often related to an infected hair follicle or sebaceous gland. Topical application of moist heat (avoid too hot and burning the skin) to the boil best therapy to help resolve or "draw out" the pus. Squeezing the boil or opening it up on your own if not done properly may be potentially more harmful than beneficial. See md best course. ...Read more