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Describe the features of a boil.?

Describe the features of a boil.?

Boil on skin: A boil is a deeper seated skin infection - an abcess cavity which can be quite large and painful. It is more common in younger people. Most boils can be treated with drainage and the use of protective antibiotics. See your general physician for treatment.

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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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.

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What is a boil?

What is a boil?

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.

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How to pop a boil?

How to pop a boil?

Boil: Warm wet cloth to soak it for 10-15 min twice a day then take a sterile needle.

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What makes a boil pop?

What makes a boil pop?

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.

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What exactly is a boil?

What exactly is a boil?

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).

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Hi should you pop a boil?

Hi should you pop a boil?

If its at a head you: Could pop it, but not if is still developing. Using hot compresses to it will bring it to a head (4-5x//day)

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What does a boil feel like?

Painful: A boil is red swollen snd painful.

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What should I do for a boil?

What should I do for a boil?

Get evaluated: You may need antibiotics or for the boil to be incised and drained. Good luck!

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If a boil pops should I squeeze it?

If a boil pops should I squeeze it?

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.

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What should I do to a boil that has be popped on its own?

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.

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How to treat a boil?

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How to treat a boil?

Compresses: Ideal first treatment of a boil would be warm compresses to encourage it to come to a head and self-drain. Barring this, a surgical incision and drainage may be needed if it is especially large.

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What is the quickest way to drain a boil?

See a doctor: Please do not perform this at home. See your doctor who will incise and drain the abscess under sterile conditions. You may end up causing worse infection if you attempt this at home

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Could you have a boil in your lip vigina?

Could you have a boil in your lip vigina?

Vaginal boil: Yes. There are hair follicles and glands in that area that can turn into boils.

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What could be the effects of using hydrocortisone on a boil?

Reduce inflammation: Over the counter hydrocortisone will perhaps reduce the redness and tenderness of a boil but it is no substitution for treatment. You cannot dismiss a staph infection. Most "boils" should be lanced under sterile technique.

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Can lancing a boil hurt?

Of course: Boils or abscesses can be exquisitely painful therefore lancing them can be very sore. Best if you leave it to professionals

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How does a boil wound heal?

How does a boil wound heal?

Drainage: These "abscesses" need to drain and be kept moist and clean to facilitate drainage to promote healing. Some times incision and packing is needed when large and/or deep.

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Should you ever squeeze a boil?

Skin Infections: Thank you for asking this question. The answer, is absolutely not. You can push the bacteria deeper into the tissue and cause significant complications.

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Once a boil has popped now what?

Once a boil has popped now what?

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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