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Describe The Features Of A Boil
Had what looks to be a boil (from what was described above) but just wanted to check and make sure it wasn't something worse...... any info is helpful!
Can't provide: Any reassurance about what your lesion is without properly examining it and obtaining a medical history.
Infection under skin: Usually a boil refers to a "puss pocket" type of infection under and in fhte skin. It often comes from the bacteria that are on the skin, getting inside it. They generally need to drain, and most of them will do so if you soak them with warm water several times daily. If they don't drain, you may need to have your health care provider open it up, as was suggested. Antibiotics sometimes help too.See 2 more doctor answers
Pressure & erosion: Likely a combination of processes. An infection or inflammed area exudes chemical messengers that draw white blood cells in to do battle, so fluid builds up. Also, one way the body trys to heal itself is by drainage of what it can, so the tissues thin and rupture to let the pus/fluid/infection out.See 1 more doctor answer
Infection: Usually the term "boil" refers to a skin infection, such as an abscess, where pus and fluid forms in the skin causing a red, raised, sore, often with a whitehead within it and which sometimes drains. Boils may also refer to deeper acne cysts or inflamed epidermal cysts, which often are not truly infected (no bacteria present).See 1 more doctor answer
No: Soak the boil with cotton balls in hot salt water for 15 minutes every few hours. Use 1 table spoon salt in 1 liter of water. This will draw the rest of the pus out. Squeezing it risks squeezing the pus deeper into the tissues.
Boil: A boil that has ruptured spontaneously depending on location should resolve spontaneously with local care. Soap water, and topicals such as bacitracin. If there are comorbidities such as diabetes will require additionalmedical attention antibiotics. If swollen red infection likely. Certain areas of the body higher risk for complications face, groin in diabetes.
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.
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