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Doctor insights on: How Long To Boil Potatoes

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How long does a boil take to heal?

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

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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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 long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

How long do I have to boil water to make it safe?

Depends: As an outdoorsman of 40+ years, i see a lot of bad advice about making water safe. The cdc's official advice is this: at low altitudes boil vigorously for 1 minute. At altitudes greater than 6, 562 feet (>2, 000 m), boil for 3 minutes, or use chemical disinfection after it has been boiled for 1 minute. Because boiled water is bland and tasteless, add a pinch of salt to make it more palatable. ...Read more

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How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

How long does water have to boil before it becomes safe?

It depends: It depends on what is wrong with the water. If you are worried about a minor contamination, bringing the water to a boil and holding it at a boil for 5 minutes should be sufficient. Certain parasites may take longer to be eradicated. ...Read more

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How long does a wound takes to heal! after cutting a boil open?

How long does a wound takes to heal! after cutting a boil open?

Depends on many: Factors: size of wound; depth of wound; location of wound; pt's overall state of health (diabetics often take longer to heal). If lanced boil, size of abscess, how long it takes to drain, whether antibiotics r used, quality of wound care. ...Read more

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How long does ichammol ointment takes to be effective on boils?

How long does ichammol ointment takes to be effective on boils?

24 hours: According to the literature I have found it takes about 24 hours to bring it to a head. however, I am much more comfortable using antibiotics and draining the boil surgically. ...Read more

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My boil is still draning after 2 days, is this supposed to take that long?

Yes it is possible: Sometimes the boils can drain for a while. Have you seen your doctor ? Are you on an antibiotic for the infection? If not see your doctor. You can also put warm compresses to the area or soak it in warm water. ...Read more

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How long does flucloxacillin take to clear boils? Been given 4 tablets of 500mg

Will not: Flucloxacillin will not clear boils. It will treat infection in the skin surrounding the boils but boils must be drained in order to clear. ...Read more

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When does a boil no longer requiring dressing to minimise risk of spreading more boils to self? When is there no longer a risk of self contamination?

Minimal risk: If the wound is leaking it is a good idea to keep it covered loosely to prevent spread to the environment and others. You are unlikely to infect yourself as your skin is a pretty good barrier to infection and i believe from your earlier question that you are taking antibiotics as well. ...Read more