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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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Will toothpaste help bring my boil to a head ?

Will toothpaste help bring my boil to a head ?

Use warm compresses: Not sure about the toothpaste, although to be honest i would avoid it to prevent irritant contact dermatitis in that sensitive area. Warm compresses will help express the contents. Avoid squeezing the area as well and jf you see streaks or surrounding areas of redness you should see a doctor because you might need antibiotics. ...Read more

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It started like a boil and I applied hot compresses to bring it to a head. It kept hurting really bad. Eventually it started going down but now it spr?

Get checked: Any boil always makes me think of MRSA infection these days especially if there is a lot of pain. At your age you must factor in any underlying health issues like diabetes or impaired immune system. I would have this checked very soon especially if you develop fever and body aches. http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-mrsa ...Read more

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Why do diabetics get boils and what can we do to prevent them or bring it to a head once it forms? Thanks

Sluggish: The immune system in a diabetic is sluggish especially when the sugars are high over a long period of time. This makes infections easier to contract. The best defense is to keep your diabetes WELL controlled with HbA1c under 7.0. You can use a warm compress, warm/hot sitz baths with epsom salts or even a tea bag compress to the boil to try and get it to drain. ...Read more

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What causes boils on head and underarms regularly?

Boils can be caused: By staph or strep bacteria that r on the skin. May have medical condition such as diabetes or an immune deficiency that allows those germs to infect. Recurrent infxns can b due to the germs in nose or other family members' noses. May require intranasal bactroban (mupirocin) in all family members to prevent recurrence. Correcting other medical conditions needed too. See pcp to b checked for predisposing condit. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a boil to form a head?

The time varies: A good way to accomplish this, is to apply hot moist packs to the lesion for about 15 minutes every 3-4 hours-- your pcp should then see it. ...Read more

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What can you put on a boil for it to come to a head?

What can you put on a boil for it to come to a head?

Warm compresses: A warm compress will increase local blood flow and allow a collection of white blood cells to form. If it persists and does not drain, you may need to see your health provider to have it incised and drained. ...Read more

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When i shave my head i always get big boils on the back of my head?

Post Shaving sores: This common problem from shaving may mean the instrument you are using to shave with is infected or dirty enough that you are getting infections. Then there is also the chance that the instrument you are using is not sharp enough and is damaging the skin..Thus leading to rash and infection. ...Read more

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I have over a dozen boils on my head and multiple more all over my body . What should do?

See you doctor: You may have a primary skin condition or a serious infectious disease. You need the right antibiotics if its infectious and may need special soaps to get rid if it from your skin. ...Read more

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What is wrong with my skin? Start out looking like black heads some turn into boil looking sores.

What is wrong with my skin? Start out looking like black heads some turn into boil looking sores.

Cystic acne: Although many people use the term "cystic" to describe any type of severely inflamed acne, only those who develop cysts truly have cystic acne. Cysts are the most serious kind of acne blemish. They feel like soft, fluid-filled lumps under the skin's surface. Cysts can be painful. ...Read more

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