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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. ...Read more

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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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). ...Read more

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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) ...Read more

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What does a boil feel like?

Painful: A boil is red swollen snd painful. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What do I do after I pop a boil?

What do I do after I pop a boil?

Just keep clean/dry: Popping or lancing is basically the best treatment. If severe, antibiotic may be needed. Simple boils/abscesses are often cured by simply draining it--in your case you popped it. Keep area clean and dry, and look for improving redness and swelling. If worsens, consult doc. Good work! And good luck. ...Read more

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What could make a boil not heal?

Healing: If you actually have an abscess than it may need to be incised and drained for healing. If you have some form of immune compromise that could delay healing. ...Read more

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What is the white stuff in a boil?

Pus: Pus: a mixture of bacteria and blood cells that respond to infection. ...Read more

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How long does a boil take to heal?

See below: Unfortunately, this depends on a huge number of factors including but not exclusive of patient, age, health, past history, underlying factors, how the illness was treated, etc. No good answer can be given here without more information. ...Read more

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What do you do when a boil bursts?

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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After a boil has popped wut do I do?

After a boil has popped wut do I do?

Depends on variables: Many will see the area heal over 7-10 days after the boil has drained. If it re-accumulates and or is more than a half inch in size it may need to be opened and "cored".The physician will sometimes to place a cotton tipped applicator in the abscess and scrape it along the outside walls to remove the outside envelope. This prevents an abscess from just filling back up and draining repeatedly. ...Read more

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What's the best way to remove a boil?

What's the best way to remove a boil?

See your doctor: A boil is serious skin infection that should not be treated by home remedies. Especially with the increased incidence of MRSA infections, you should see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis and treatment. Squeezinig or attempting to "pop" these infections frequently leads to spreading of the infection under the skin. ...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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How long does it take a boil to heal?

10 days: If not healed with topical antibiotics (clindamycin 1%) and benzoyl peroxide washes, may need to culture and make sure it's not MRSA or other infection that requires oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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How do I know for sure if it's a boil?

How do I know for sure if it's a boil?

You will know!: Red / hot / swollen / painful with pus? That is a boil. Should be pretty obvious.
(rubor / calor / tumor / dolor / no more!) ...Read more

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