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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 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
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?
Yes: It softens them.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
Never: It is never time to squeeze or pinch or pop any pimple or boil. ...Read more
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
I heard. That u shouldn't pop a boil at home mine started oozing when I n took a shower now I have a small whole how should I care for it?
Pressure: You should not try and pop a boil as it could induce infection but if under heat it spontaneously ruptures then while in the shower apply pressure get the pus out and keep covery and apply topical antibiotic cream then cover if not improved by thie next morning seek medical evaluation risk of more sserious celulitis. ...Read more
See the doctor: The presence of puss means that there was an infection, and it still may be present. You want to have a proper i;d of that wound and after an examination, you may or may not be started on antibiotics depending on the presentation. Don't treat it yourself. ...Read more
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
I am getting boils every where iner thy croch. What can I do to stop this they are very pain full and after the boil pops im still left with the sack under my skin so they keep coming back. Do I need to have them cut out.?
MRSA / impetigo?: Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. There is often yellowish crusty material, but pustules and boils can form too. With resistant staph bacteria (mrsa), the infection can be hard to get rid of. Impetigo can spread from person to person, and should be evaluated by a primary care doctor, sometimes with help from an infectious diseases expert. "cysts" may have to be cut out if recurrent. ...Read more
I had what I think is a boil pop on Sunday morning and now I am having cold symptoms with a very low grade fever earlier. Could this be related to it?
Fever: Yes, they MAY be related. You MAY have an infection. Please see your doctor. Peace and good health. ...Read more
I have scalp spots on my head and I've had them for over 10 years I've been on antibiotics for over 4 years and their like little boils that pop?
Dermatologist eval: Hard to tell what they are without a picture so they should be examined by a dermatologist if they haven't been already ...Read more
Collection of pus: A boil occurs when there is an infection of one of the many skin glands. If there is simply infection, then antibiotics will do the trick. However, most boils are collections of pus (abscess) which means that even if the infection gets better, the pus has to be absorbed which takes time. Opening abscess releases pus which promotes faster healing. Simple dressings to the wound change 3 x/week. ...Read more
How do boils spread? Is it contagious before its popped? Do they have to pop or would it go away if I just leave it alone?
MAy have pus: A boil occurs when there is an infection of one of the many skin glands. If there is simply infection, then antibiotics will do the trick. However, most boils are collections of pus (abscess) which means that even if the infection gets better, the pus has to be absorbed which takes time. Opening abscess releases pus which promotes faster healing. Simple dressings to the wound change 3 x/week. ...Read more
Maybe, maybe not: Small boils may respond to local heat application and manual decompression after they begin to drain spontaneously. Significant ones will form a filmlike coating inside the expanding boil that must be disrupted or it will re-accumulate and continue to enlarge. Some are amenable to an office based procedure under a local, others could require an operating room for more extensive work. ...Read more