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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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How do I tell the difference between a boil & an ingrown hair in an armpit and do physicians deaden before lancing?

Skin lesions: You may not be able to tell the difference, but the doctor draining this may. Whether they will use a local anesthetic will depend upon the size and position of the "boil". Lancing this is generally not very much more painful than the lesion itself and you will gain much relief from the drainage. Best wishes. Read more

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Boil or ingrown hair above pubic line- turning red now purple no pus center. Hurts so bad can't touch- no money for doctor is it ok?

Boil or ingrown hair above pubic line- turning red now purple no pus center. Hurts so bad can't touch- no money for doctor is it ok?

Not really: An infection like this can turn serious if not treated. You need antibiotics and may need an area drained. See if you can locate a free clinic somewhere in your area. In the meantime, try warm wet soaks with a washcloth over the area several times daily. Read more

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I have these painful sores on my stomach, and they hurt so bad. I think they may be boils or ingrown hairs. How do I treat these?

I have these painful sores on my stomach, and they hurt so bad. I think they may be boils or ingrown hairs. How do I treat these?

Painful sores: See your doctor. These may need to be drained and you will likely require an antibiotic. Drainage of any pus is the most important treatment. All the best. Read more

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What is the use of pubic hair? Although shaving gives me boils and ingrown hairs, it really makes the odour from my privates better. Any alternatives?

What is the use of pubic hair? Although shaving gives me boils and ingrown hairs, it really makes the odour from my privates better. Any alternatives?

Sexual attraction: I believe that anthropologically it was an attraction to the opposite sex - both visually, aromatically and for soft touch. Unless there was some illness, the smell was a desired one. If you and your lover prefer less scent, frequent shampooing should be enough to minimize the smell. Scented or baby oil can work too. Perhaps you can learn to like it - it's nature's perfume. Preferable to boils! Read more

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What's the difference between a boil and an ingrown hair?

What's the difference between a boil and an ingrown hair?

If Pilonidal, yes: If this is due to a pilonidal cyst, successful treatment may require surgery in order to excise the cyst contents. If not this could recur. Other standard cysts, abscesses or "boils" may drain spontaneously and may resolve on their own accord with warm soaks or may require incision, drainage and antibiotics. Read more

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I have what looks like a boil or bad ingrown hair on my testicals. It poped yesterday and a lot of pus came out. The sore looks deep should I be scard?

I have what looks like a boil or bad ingrown hair on my testicals. It poped yesterday and a lot of pus came out. The sore looks deep should I be scard?

Doesn't sound scary: As long as there is no redness etc extending widely in the area, this should clear up without problem. See a doctor if wider redness, fever, or if it closes up again, or if it doesn't seem to be improving over the next few days. Location on the scrotum is no more dangerous than skin anywhere on the body. Read more

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How to get rid of a boil on an ingrown hair follicle?

How to get rid of a boil on an ingrown hair follicle?

Boil: A boil may heal / drain on its own. Wam compresses may help a boil drain spontaneously. If a boil does not drain/heal by it self then it requires antibiotics/surgical drainage. Read more

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I have had this ingrown hair boil for the last 6 days and I have had 2 amoxillins but its not going please help?

I have had this ingrown hair boil for the last 6 days and I have had 2 amoxillins but its not going please help?

Removal: An ingrown hair may be causing a localized inflammatory reaction rather than an actual infection that would be treated by antibiotics. The hair should be extracted from the skin, and that should relieve the inflammation. Read more

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I have been getting boil like things on my inner theigh. Is ut an ingrown hair or staff or what?

Hidradenitis: This may due to a variety of underlying conditions with hidradenitis suppuritiva being high on my list. This may require medical or surgical treatment. See a dermatologist for an evaluation first. Read more

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I have a problem think I have a ingrown hair or a boil on my virginia?

Common problem: Ingrown hair in female genital area are mostly due to hair shaving or use of tight panties. There are ways you can remove ingrown hair with the right forceps and a mirror as ended. If there is redness or swelling it may indicate infection, fir which you may need an oral or topical antibiotic. Read more

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How do you treat an ingrown hair boil once it's opened and the puss is releasing?

How do you treat an ingrown hair boil once it's opened and the puss is releasing?

Antibiotic: Sometimes the infection resolves if drainage is complete. To be sure, physician needs to examine it. Antibiotics may be needed. Read more

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How can I get rid of an ingrown hair in vaginal region? Doesn't hurt or itch but its not appealing. Started as an ingrown hair now looks like a boil

Wait it out: Wait it out is best. It should erupt in time. Otherwise, you could have it surgically extracted by a physician. Monitor for infection - may need antibiotics. Consider permanent hair reduction w/ laser hair removal, especially if this is recurrent. Read more

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I got a boil on my scrotum and I think it's from a ingrown hair since I just shaved down there. Any thing I can get from the store to help?

Antibiotics?: You'll probably need antibiotics and depending on the size of the boil possibly an incision and drainage. Don't wait to get help, sometimes these can spread "down there" very fast and be life threatening....especially if you are a diabetic. Go see your doctor and you'll be OK. Read more

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An ingrown hair on my pubic area became a huge boil its been 2 weeks now and I have had several in that area, nose, and armpit what is going on?

Many boils: When there are many boils in different areas of the body, the concern is that this may be a bacterial infection, such as a staph infection. Please see your dermatologist as you may need treatment with antibiotics. Read more

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I have a boil like lump on my right groin. At first it was just a little lump that looked like an ingrown hair but now it has got bigger. What could it?

Boil: Certainly could be a boil. That is common in that area. There are also some STD's that can give you symptoms like this but they are rare and generally more widespread. If it is a boil it should be painful red and warm. Will eventually come to a head and drain. Read more

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Hey there so I recently noticed this red bump on my neck. I am not 100% sure if it is a ingrown hair or a boil? And has a lump under it forming.

Hey there so I recently noticed this red bump on my neck. I am not 100% sure if it is a ingrown hair or a boil? And has a lump under it forming.

Need a look & feel..: It is essential to have a direct look at and feel on it after reviewing the specifics, relevance, and sequence of events of this lump and its potentially related symptoms over time, although clinically it may be just a lump related with sebaceous gland of hair follicle. How to have the related things for its good care done correctly? Follow instructions in http://formefirst. Com/eNewsletter06.html. Read more

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I had ingrown hair between my labia and the inner fold of my leg that turned into a boil. It burst and drained. Now there is a hole there. How should I treat it? Should I put neoporin in it or will it heal on it's own. Have you ever heard of this?

I had ingrown hair between my labia and the inner fold of my leg that turned into a boil. It burst and drained. Now there is a hole there. How should I treat it? Should I put neoporin in it or will it heal on it's own. Have you ever heard of this?

Treatment: Simple cleansing with soap and water followed by a topical otc antibiotic ointment at least twice a day should help healing. If it worsens, oral antibiotics can help. Ingrown hairs may be the source so if this becomes a recurrent problem, consider laser hair removal. This is possible if the hair has some pigment to it. Read more

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Ingrown Hair (Definition)

Hairs that have curled around and grown back into your skin instead of ...Read more