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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 ?

Infection: Sounds like you have an infection. Toothpaste will not get rid of it. Find out where the infection is coming from and get it treated. See a dentist! ...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?

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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Can use prid ovrerthecounter to bring a boil on my nose to drain ?

Heat: In general application of heat frequently will help more than any ointment or creams. Heat dilates your blood vessels allowing more of your antibodies and white blood cells to deal with the problem. If open then a topical antibiotic or antiseptic should help more bacteria from entering the wound. ...Read more

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I had a root canal that resulted in swollen jaw and a fever of around 100. I started on 300mg of Clindamycin t.i.d. Will that bring the fever down? I also had a gum boil which got drained.

I had a root canal that resulted in swollen jaw and a fever of around 100. I started on 300mg of Clindamycin t.i.d. Will that bring the fever down? I also had a gum boil which got drained.

See a dentist: Most often, an infection should be evaluated by a health provider. Any abscess will heal more quickly once drained, because antibiotics won't get into an area without blood supply. For that reason there is a higher risk of complication or spread of infection to other areas if this is not performed. In particular, the bacteria in a serious dental infection can affect the heart valves. ...Read more

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What causes boils on head and underarms regularly?

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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Hi.M getting head boils from last 2 years...Its paining..Plz tell sme medicine tht helps...I hve oily skin?

Hi.M getting head boils from last 2 years...Its paining..Plz tell sme medicine tht helps...I hve oily skin?

Head boils: This condition would be treated with appropriate antibiotic therapy. See your doctor to have the boils cultured to see what bacteria is causing them. Then appropriate antibiotic therapy can be instituted. Locally warm compresses can help. ...Read more

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What causes boils on a new born baby's head?

What causes boils on a new born baby's head?

Probably pustule(s): True "boil" is very unusual in newborn. Superficial pustules (blisters containing cloudy fluid) can be caused by staph infection. ...Read more

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How can I treat a black headed boil on my penis?

How can I treat a black headed boil on my penis?

Penile lesion: Go see your doctor or a urologist as soon as possible. Do not attempt to treat this condition on your own as it can lead to severe complications! www.Peedoc.Com @drhtay. ...Read more

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Heavy hair fall with boils in head?

Heavy hair fall with boils in head?

Dissectingcellulitis: This condition is sometimes bacteria-related, and you probably need to get this cultured.If the culture shows staph or other infection, it may respond to oral antibiotics like the combo of Cephalexin and Rifampin for many weeks. Other treatments are available if there's no infection. ...Read more

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What the best way to get rid of a boil on the back of the head?

What the best way to get rid of a boil on the back of the head?

Local heat: Use warm compresses and it will surface more, and may drain itself or need lancing with sterile prep and instruments. Can be from sebaceous cyst and recur if not removed. Best to see your doc. ...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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