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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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Is it okay for a boil to heal without popping the core?

A boil?: If you are referring to an abscess - they might not heal properly without incision and drainage. If you are referring to an infected hair follicle - sometimes applying moist heat allows it to come to a head. ...Read more

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After popping a boil I have a huge hole should I be worried?

I would have this: Medically assessed. If you have an abscess it could be loculated ...Read more

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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

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There was a boil on my chin and I popped it then this scar appeard after popping it what do I do?

There was a boil on my chin and I popped it then this scar appeard after popping it what do I do?

Mederma: You can try mederma. Time will take care of it. Make sure to stay out of the sun. If it is still not resolved to your satisfaction in 6 months, laser therapy can help. ...Read more

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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 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?

NO: These incisions heal from the inside out and the "lump" may be scar formation. Look for these following red flags: heat, pain, redness, swelling or fever. If these occur call your physician ASAP. ...Read more

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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?

You may: Your PCP can also take a culture for lab analysis and treat you with a definite antibiotic based on the sensitivity profile. This is not beyond what your PCP can handle. A change of antibiotic will likely take care of the problem ...Read more

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How to pop a boil?

Boil: Warm wet cloth to soak it for 10-15 min twice a day then take a sterile needle. ...Read more

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Hi should you pop a boil?

If its at a head you: Could pop it, but not if is still developing. Using hot compresses to it will bring it to a head (4-5x//day) ...Read more

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What do I do after I pop a boil?

What do I do after I pop a boil?

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

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If I pop a boil, will anything bad occur?

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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How can I tell when the time is right to pop a boil?

Never: It is never time to squeeze or pinch or pop any pimple or boil. ...Read more

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Do you have recommendations on how to pop a boil, to let it dry up? It's about dime-sized.

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

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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?

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

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How can I successfully pop this boil on my chin?

Don't: You should not pop it. Warm compresses are generally best and antibiotics are warranted if they are associated with spreading redness. ...Read more

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I pop my boil a lot of puss and blood came out it's still dripping what to do?

I pop my boil a lot of puss and blood came out it's still dripping what to do?

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

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What makes a boil pop?

What makes a boil pop?

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

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