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What Does A Boil Look Like
Boil: As a boil heals, the area becomes softer, less tender, drains less and becomes less red. ...Read more
I've had something that appears to be a boil for quite awhile I'm tired of it! Sometimes it look like it going away then it comes back now its hard and hurts, what should I do?!
Have it lanced: It is probably an infected sebaceus cyst ...Read more
Sometimes I get these boil looking things on the inner part of my upper thighs very close to my vagina what are they? Like an inch from my vagina sometimes they are more up on my inner thigh on my leg, I get these often, they look like a boil, sometimes t
It: It is possible that you might have hidradenitis suppurativa, which is a condition whereby you get boils/cysts/acne like lesions in the groin, armpits, or under the breasts. Treatment varies but can include topical antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide gels or washes, oral antibiotics, drainage of lesions. Evaluation and treatment by a dermatologist might be helpful. I hope this helps! ...Read more
Do I need antibiotics for a boil that is on my spine it does look like it has pus inside and red round the edges?
More: Importantly it sounds like it needs to be drained. Don't play around see a doctor. ...Read more
Empathy: If you've ever had a boil, you know it REALLY hurts. So by looking at a large, red, swollen area of skin, you can sympathize with that person and say 'yeah, that's gotta hurt, that's gotta be tender'. Most boils are caused by Staph, and MRSA now is causing more and more of these. If you have a boil that's very painful or expanding - see a doc for treatment. ...Read more
See a doctor: Do not allow this to progress unimpeded and undiagnosed. Get seen, diagnosed and managed. Hope this clears up soon. ...Read more
A year I had a boil and got it removed the cut would heal and like a month or 2later it would reopen how I can I get it to heal completely?
Recheck: It is possible there is still some of the boil present within the area so that may make it difficult to heal. It should probably be re-examined. ...Read more
Rupture: When a boil ruptures, generally drainage of pus-like discharge will ensue. It's best to keep the affected area covered while the boil heals on its on. There is nothing otherwise that needs to be done than to keep the affected area clean, dry and dressed. It can take 1-2 weeks to completely heal, dependent on the size of the boil. ...Read more
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