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Dr. Joel Gallant
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How do I get rid of a big boil under my arm?

Dr. Joel Gallant
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I&D: You probably need to have it incised and drained. ...Read more

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Skin Abscess (Definition)

Skin abscess is also known as Abscess. Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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How do you get rid of the smell from a boil under your arm?

Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
Board Certified, Dermatology
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How do you get rid of the smell from a boil under your arm?

See a dermatologist: Hidradenitis suppuritiva? Chronically inflamed epidermal cyst? Ingrown hair? You need attention, possibly surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Martin
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How can I get rid of a boil under my armpit, that doesn't have a head . It hurts really bad..

Dr. Kevin Martin
Board Certified, General Practice
23 years in practice
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How can I get rid of a boil under my armpit, that doesn't have a head . It hurts really bad..

Boil: The definitive treatment is to have it drained by a physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
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How to get rid of a boil with just OTC medicines?

Dr. Michael Fisher
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How to get rid of a boil with just OTC medicines?

Boils: Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface. Once the boil comes to a head, it will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within 10 days of its appearance. You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm water and squeezing out the excess moisture. See your doctor if not improved. ...Read more

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Dr. Monib Zirvi
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What do I do to get rid of a boil at home?

Dr. Monib Zirvi
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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

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Dr. Nestor Del rosario
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Whats the best thing to do to get rid of a boil safely and fast?

Dr. Nestor Del rosario
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
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I;D: The mainstay of treatment of boil is incision and drainage and antibiotics. The reason we drain is that it is hard for antibiotics to penetrate an area full of pus. ...Read more

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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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What is the fastest way to get rid of a boil and heal the skin up?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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What is the fastest way to get rid of a boil and heal the skin up?

Drainage: The fastest way is for physician to incise nd drin. This ill leave small permanent mark. Antibiotics and hot compresses are lso option but will take over one week to work. ...Read more

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Dr. Joseph Bark
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Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a boil?

Dr. Joseph Bark
Board Certified, Dermatology
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Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a boil?

Abscess: The primary treatment for removal of a boil is to incise and drain it. This is done under anesthesia by your general doctor or your dermatologist or your surgeon. Antibiotics are also an essential need in stopping the infection spreading through local tissues. ...Read more

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Dr. David Hardin
Board Certified, Wound care
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Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a boil!?

Dr. David Hardin
Board Certified, Wound care
31 years in practice
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Suggestions, please. How do you get rid of a boil!?

See a doctor: Get this looked at it might need opened up more or a cyst lining removed or it might need antibiotics the greatest healing effect will come from being sure it is completely drained/exposed. ...Read more

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Dr. Jerome Litt
Board Certified, Dermatology
66 years in practice
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Docs can you explain, is there a way to get rid of a boil quickly?

Dr. Jerome Litt
Board Certified, Dermatology
66 years in practice
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Docs can you explain, is there a way to get rid of a boil quickly?

BOIL TREATMENT: HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD IT? HOW LARGE IS IT? YOU MAY REQUIRE AN ANTIBIOTIC. SEE YOUR REGULAR DOCTOR. DO NOT DELAY! ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

Boil is also known as Abscess. Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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