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What Does It Mean When A Boil Turns Purplish Should I Break It
Likely Inflamed: It likely sounds like the boil you describe is inflamed. Often these boils become inflames and change from normal skin colors to variations of red or purple. I would recommend being evaluated by a physician to determine if treatment is needed.
On my boob I have a boil that has popped. Its purplish around it like a quarter size. Is that normal?
Of course not: So you had a small boil or zit which drained and is now healing. Give it a couple of weeks to complete its resolution.
I've had a boil for over 2 months inner inner thigh. Grows, recedes a bit, grows more etc; never comes to a head. Exercising daily. Purplish in colour?
See a phyisician: Could be folliculitis, which could be constantly irritated with your daily exercise--i would start with topical antibiotic and a bandaid. Also, change your exercise habits for a bit to reduce the friction between the legs (for instance, biking might be better than running). If it does not get any better, see a physician--may need oral antibiotics, or it could be more than just a boil.
I have what I think is a boil in my mid thigh it's red and purple but has been sitting in the same place with no growth or came to ahead for a wile?
Depends on how long: It really depends on how long it has been there. It could be a boil (abscess) but that's usually painful and becomes red and hard then soft and may burst on its own. It could be a number of things. One would really need to look at it to say what it is. Go to an urgent care or your primary doc to get it checked out
I have recently found a boil on the inside of my butt cheek but it is a dark purple colour. I'm too embarressed to go doctors. What do I do?
It's ok!: This is NOT unusual. I know it feels embarrassing but we doctors see the frequently. Go to doctor and he or she will evaluate if it needs lancing or antibiotics.
How old?: Is it a few months old? After a year or 2 it will fade.See 1 more doctor answer
42 y/o male with lump that looks like a boil with a purplish tip located on right side of testicles but not on testicles, hurts when touched...?
Scrotal cyst: This may be a scrotal cyst or could be an ingrown hair that has become infected. Getting this examined by a dermatologist will help you come up with a good answer.
Red bump on my inner thigh I thought it was probably a boil, but it never came to a head, sank under the skin and now is flat and purple, 4 monthsnow?
Boil: It may be gone, but since it is persisting I would have it seen by your doctor, make sure nothing further needs to be done or treated.See 1 more doctor answer
I have a boil and first it was and infected hair I pulled it now it's the size of a buckle and getting bigger by the day it's purple red and yellow bu?
Boil: You need to use hot compresses to help to express the contents of the inflammed cyst-- you probably may need to have it incised and drained by a physician if it worsens
Have a boil on my inner thigh. Purple/red I've had it b4.It's a hard lump I squeeze don't pop got bigger. When goes away leaves purple scar. MERSA? Help!
I have a purple bump on the inside of my upper leg. It's very sore and tender. Do not see any "head" or any puss. What is this? A boil, a cyst....
Abscess: Likely. Need to examine in order to determine that, but that is most likely. See a doctor in the next couple of days (preferably within 24 hours). This is not a complaint that requires going to an E.R. Urgent care would be preferred if you couldn't get into your regular primary care physician.See 1 more doctor answer
Tissue destruction: When you have a small, localized infection like that -a real 'war' is going on-between the germs and your immune system. That's why there's such an inflammatory reaction. If a small 'hole' exists after you expressed pus-which is made up of dead immune cells and germs- don't worry. This will 'fill in' naturally via the body's healing process (granulation). If it's really painful/sore, show a doctor
Do all boils need to be treated medically? If I suspect that I have what is considered a boil does this mean that I need to see a medical professional? .
Yes.: Yes. For proper diagnosis and treatment you need to see your physician.
Yes: When a boil erupts, what is left is generally a defect of the skin that can extend deep into the dermis.
Boil: If the boil does not resolve, you need to see your doctor for oral antibiotics.
What should I do about a boil that will not drain, but is not painful at all? Started out hard and painful, but is now soft and unnoticeable minus the unsightliness of a large (by large I mean maybe 3/4" across) on my arm. It's now been about 8 days
Plan: Good to look at this "boil". May be you need antibiotic for treatment. Please, make appointment with doctor.
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