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Dr. Jeffrey Hick answered:

I keep getting skin abscess/boils. I've had several surgeries to have them removed. Any suggestions on how to prevent them?

Mupirocin

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Talk to your doctor about treating the inside of your nose with mupirocin ointment. Staph aureus, which is responsible for most boils, is carried in the front part of the nose. You can also wash several times a week with Hibiclens in the shower.
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Dr. Gary M. Pess answered:

Do they numb you before your boil is lance?

Yes

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Local anesthetic is used to make it comfortable.
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Dr. Ted King answered:

How do u lance a boil and does it hrt or do they numb it?

Depends on the size

Very small boil can be lanced with the point of a needle and that hurts less than numbing does. Larger boils need to be numbed.
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Should I lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

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This is way to difficult to do looking in a mirror, I would be concerned that you could do quite a bit of damage in your attempt. This is a dental problem, you need to see your dentist ASAP to determine the exact cause of your abscess and perform the correct treatment and only prescribe the correct dose of the right medication. See photo, this is a problem.
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Dr. David Gisborne answered:

Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

No

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The "gum boil" is the result of infection trying to move to the area of least resistance. If you pop it at home without supervision then you risk spreading the infection. Amoxicillin typically takes 2 - 3 days to work. If it is not painful then be patient for a couple of days, it may go away. If not call your healthcare provider.
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Dr. Peter M. Ihle answered:

I have a large boil under my arm and it hurts quite badly. medicine for me or lance it?

Needs surgical drain

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at this stage U should C a general surgeon and have it looked at, and B prepared 2 have it opened & drained @ that appointment. Sounds 2 late in the process 4 medication. cultures will B taken, & U will B started on an antibiotic which may later B changed depending on the result of the cultures & sensitivity testing.
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Boil lance/pack (1in deep) 48hr ago drainage is yllw-brwn, No given antibiotics, is that ok?

Yes

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Cutaneous abscesses, if adequately drained, do not require antimicrobials.
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Dr. David N. Dang answered:

I have a bump,Cyst,or boil right above my penis.it is very hard and painful,should I try to lance it myself or go to the er?

ER or urologist

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Lancing it yourself would put you at risk for new infection, further spread of the infection in the cyst or boil and inadvertent trauma to the penis. ER or a Urology doctor can help you.
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Dr. Tommy Chen answered:

Boil lance/pack (1in deep) 48hr ago drainage is yllw-brwn, doc told me pull out packing 1/2in a day until unpacked. No given antibiotics, is that ok?

Yes

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most boils, including MRSA, can be treated with incision and drainage alone
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I have a boil about 1 inch from my anus. It is at the site of a former fistula surgery. Should I wait for it to come to a head or seek immediate attention. IF so, family doc or colorectal doc to lance?

Colorectal doc

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A "boil" at the site of a previous fistula surgery suggests that the fistula has returned. It will probably drain itself easily with hot soaks or baths but the track will persist. Recurrent fistulas can be difficult so a colorectal specialist would be your best option.
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