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How To Pop A Boil
Carefully: The best time for opening a boil is when it has come to a pussy head. Warm compresses can help the boil to come to the surface, making it easier to drain. A pin or needle, cleaned well with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, could be used to puncture the pustule from the side. It's not a good idea to squeeze or poke deep (vertically) into the boil. ...Read more
How to clean a popped boil (with or without pus) at home so that it doesn't spead when a doctor is not available?
Boil: It's important to apply hot (not too hot) applications and wash the surrounding uninfected skin with rubbing alcohol to prevent the spread of the staphylococcal bacteria. You shouldn't try to drain the abscess but if drainage is needed, a physician should perform the procedure and will most likely prescribe an antibiotic as well. ...Read more
Boils: wound care: This question raises a significant concern in my because of the epidemic os serious staph infections in america today. A boil would be a common situation where dangerous staph may be causing this. If the hole that is left behind after the boil is popped is painful, red or draining pus please get in to your trusted medical provider. ...Read more
I get boils in my inner thighs and they end up popping and leaving a whole with flesh. How do I stop this?
Hidradenitis suppuri: Hidradenitis suppuritiva. See a dermatologist.Get a more detailed answer ›
I'm a 28 yr old black female. I get boils on my inner thighs every now and then. How do I prevent boils. How do I treat boils without popping them?
Hidradenitis: Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin inflammation marked by the presence of blackheads and one or more red, tender bumps (lesions). The lesions often enlarge, break open and drain pus. Scarring may result after several recurrences. Antibiotics taken for a long time early in the disease help fight infection and may prevent future outbreaks or prevent the disease from worsening. ...Read more
There was a boil on my chin and I popped it then this scar appeard after popping it what do I do?
Boil popped on own & left hole. Still leaking 1.5 mos. Later. PA presc. Doxycyline for 10 days, didn't help. Wasn't sore after popping, but is now?
I had a armpit boil drained leaving a lump. After the wound healed I heard a popping noise. I think it bursted inside. No pain yet, should I be worried?
I had a small boil on the side of my breast. After popping it there's a small ulcer. It is healing, should I see my doctor about it.
Yes, if not healing: Yes your should see the MD if the area does not heal. ...Read more
I keep getting recurring boils on my butt. PCP prescribed Bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) but not working. More popping up while on it. Any suggestions? See Dermatologist?
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
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
Best to see a doc: It's better to get pus out than to leave it in. However, the disadvantage of doing it yourself is that you can't be sure you're completely emptying the abscess. In addition, unless a deep abscess is packed with sterile dressing, it may close from the outside first, allowing reaccumulation of the pus inside. We prefer that it heal from the inside out. ...Read more
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