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What does it mean when a boil turns purplish? Should I break it?

What does it mean when a boil turns purplish? Should I break it?

Blood: This represent blood mixed with pus. Hot compresses will work. If however it is painful and resistant to heat see physician for incision and drainage. Thus will result in immediate relief but drainage will persist for a few days until inflammation and infection resolve. ...Read more

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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What can it mean when a boil turns purple?

What can it mean when a boil turns purple?

Boil: When a boil turns purple, it may signal extreme inflammation in the lesion. You probably should seek medical attention at this stage. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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?

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 ...Read more

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I have recently found a boil on the inside of my butt cheek but it is a dark purple colour. im 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. ...Read more

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Have a boil on my inner thigh.purple/red I've had it b4.It's a hard lump I squeeze dont pop got bigger.When goes away leaves purple scar.MERSA? Help!

Needs biopsy: A staph boil or abscess usually soft, hot, tender so does not sound like a typical bacterial infection. Since it's hard with no fluctuance, I suggest Derm evaluation for biopsy ...Read more

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