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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