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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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I keep getting skin abscess/boils. I've had several surgeries to have them removed. Any suggestions on how to prevent them?

I keep getting skin abscess/boils. I've had several surgeries to have them removed. Any suggestions on how to prevent them?

Mupirocin: Talk to your doctor about treating the inside of your nose with Mupirocin ointment. Staph aureus, which is responsible for most boils, is carried in the front part of the nose. You can also wash several times a week with hibiclens in the shower. ...Read more

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I had a boil removed by an doctor how long is the healing process

I had a boil removed by an doctor how long is the healing process

Hard: Hard to tell without a clinical examination and it depends on whether it was lanced or packed with gauze or surgically removed and/or given an antibiotic, etc. Read more about boils and treatment options at the link below. I hope that helps a little. ...Read more

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Can I use Lidocaine Jelly to help numb an area before I excise a boil? It is in a more tender area than the ones I have done before.

Can I use Lidocaine Jelly to help numb an area before I excise a boil? It is in a more tender area than the ones I have done before.

Why are you doing th: Just why are you doing this? Yes lidocaine gel will numb the skin but you be careful what you do for you can cause worse infection and thus more issues. ...Read more

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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

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Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Can I still play sports if I have had my spleen removed?

Yes, get vaccination: If any thing it is safer after removal of spleen. Consult your doctor to make sure you get appropriate vaccinations as a person wihtout a spleen is more susceptible to some infections, such as pneumococcoi. ...Read more

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Hi. My daughter (13) had her appendix removed on April 4th. She had an open appendectomy. She was told not to play sports or dance for two weeks. She went to dance practice last night and felt what she described as a 'pulling' inside and stopped danci

Hi. My daughter (13) had her appendix removed on April 4th. She had an open appendectomy. She was told not to play sports or dance for two weeks. She went to dance practice last night and felt what she described as a 'pulling' inside and stopped danci

Call her surgeon: Everyone heals at their own rate. She may have needed a little more time to heal. Your daughter made the right decision to stop her activity. Take your daughter back to the surgeon to have her re-evaluated to make sure no damage was done. She may just need to rest a little longer from her surgery. Her surgeon can examine her abdomen and help determine when she can fully return to normal life. ...Read more

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How long after a benign brain tumor is removed could someone play sports again?

How long after a benign brain tumor is removed could someone play sports again?

Depends: There are multiple factors involved-
what sport?
What type of tumor?
How large was the tumor?
What part of the brain was the tumor?

There is much information needed to answer the question. Talk to your neurosurgeon who will have all your answers to help you. ...Read more

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Had a boil now turn into a hole help?

Ulcer: It sounds like your boil, or furuncle, ruptured and has no ulcerated. This requires frequent dressing changes as well as drainage if an abscess has developed. Depending on your situation you might also need an antibiotic medication to prevent infection. See a doctor or go to an er, particularly if you have a fever, chills, or sweats. ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure a boil fast?

Boil Treatment: If there are concerns about the seriousness of the infection, additional blood tests will be performed. The doctor may prescribe antibiotics to take if the infection is severe. If the boil is drained, a culture may be done to determine the type of bacteria causing the infection and to assess if an appropriate antibiotic was given. ...Read more

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Will the hole left by a boil ever close?

Will the hole left by a boil ever close?

Likely ok: What you are describing is likely a small boil or abscess that burst. If this is relatively small (like the size of a pencil eraser or smaller) then there is a good chance that the body will heal this. If there is any concern though, please follow up with a doctor. Best! ...Read more

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If I pop a boil, will anything bad occur?

Best to see a doc: It's better to get pus out than to leave it in. However, the disadvantage of doing it yourself is that you can't be sure you're completely emptying the abscess. In addition, unless a deep abscess is packed with sterile dressing, it may close from the outside first, allowing reaccumulation of the pus inside. We prefer that it heal from the inside out. ...Read more

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After a boil breaks what is the hole left behind?

Tissue destruction: When you have a small, localized infection like that -a real 'war' is going on-between the germs and your immune system. That's why there's such an inflammatory reaction. If a small 'hole' exists after you expressed pus-which is made up of dead immune cells and germs- don't worry. This will 'fill in' naturally via the body's healing process (granulation). If it's really painful/sore, show a doctor ...Read more

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Please give advice on how to cure a boil at home?

Heat: Often a "boil" will drain itself if warm moist soaks are used to soften the skin. Drainage is by far the best method of treatment, medications rarely are effective. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some best ways to treat a boil?

Could you tell me what are some best ways to treat a boil?

Antibiotics or drain: Abscesses (a 'boil' is an abscess) are best treated by draining them (usually surgically) or with the use of antibiotics, or both.
The selection of the method depends upon the location of the abscess and how easy it may be to drain it. ...Read more

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I have somthing like a boil in my armfit and its painful for 3 days now?

I have somthing like a boil in my armfit and its painful for 3 days now?

See a doctor: Do not allow this to progress unimpeded and undiagnosed. Get seen, diagnosed and managed. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more

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Recently had a boil and it popped and when applied peroxide, is that bad?

Recently had a boil and it popped and when applied peroxide, is that bad?

Rupture: When a boil ruptures, generally drainage of pus-like discharge will ensue. It's best to keep the affected area covered while the boil heals on its on. There is nothing otherwise that needs to be done than to keep the affected area clean, dry and dressed. It can take 1-2 weeks to completely heal, dependent on the size of the boil. ...Read more

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Does surgery for removing a boil hurt?

Does surgery for removing a boil hurt?

Yes: During draining the boil and if it's anesthetized before draining. It hurts either way. ...Read more

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What's the difference between a cyst and a boil?

Germs: A cyst is a collection of fluid that is not infected. Boil is a common term for an abscess in the skin, that means bacteria penetrated the skin and caused an infection. ...Read more

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What should a boil look like in the healing stage?

Boil: As a boil heals, the area becomes softer, less tender, drains less and becomes less red. ...Read more

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When a boil breaks does it leave a hole in the skin?

When a boil breaks does it leave a hole in the skin?

Yes: When a boil erupts, what is left is generally a defect of the skin that can extend deep into the dermis. ...Read more

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Is it okay for a boil to heal without popping the core?

A boil?: If you are referring to an abscess - they might not heal properly without incision and drainage. If you are referring to an infected hair follicle - sometimes applying moist heat allows it to come to a head. ...Read more

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How to remove a boil sac after the boil has drained and healed?

Boils and Cysts: Boils do not have sacs and thus they need to be drained. Epidermoid cysts have sacs and once the cyst has ruptured it is difficult to remove the sac and the cyst can return. ...Read more

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Will shampoo draw out a boil?

Will shampoo draw out a boil?

Boils: Some home remedies may include a warm compress and Ibuprofen for pain. There is no indication for shampoo in the treatment of a boil. ...Read more

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When is a boil no longer contagious?

Boil: There are bacteria in a boil that causes the infection. Normally a boil is not particularly contagious however if the pus from a boil got into a cut or break in the skin of another person it would cause an infection. ...Read more

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Can I use lidocaine ointment for a boil?

Can I use lidocaine ointment for a boil?

Yes but not helpful: Yes you can use this for some temporary pain relief but it would not treat the problem. Most likely the lesion needs to be drained and may also require antibiotics. ...Read more

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What do I do to get rid of a boil at home?

See doctor: Boils can be caused by a number of different bacterial infections including some resistant bacteria such as mrsa. See your doctor to have it incised and drained and cultured. Oral and topical antibiotics may be prescribed to treat it. Lukewarm compresses help it drain once it has been excised. Wash clothes and towels that may be contaminated right away to prevent spread. ...Read more

Excise (Definition)

To surgically remove an organ or body part or tissue. This is done with ...Read more


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