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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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I have a boil under butt cheek and it's purple, what does that mean?

I have a boil under butt cheek and it's purple, what does that mean?

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. ...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?

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. 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. ...Read more

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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...?

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. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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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 ...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 don't 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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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....

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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a boil is full of blood?

What does it mean when a boil is full of blood?

Liquefaction: If you had a boil and now it appears to have blood inside, it's quite possible the germs have caused some localized liquefaction or damage to the tissues. I wonder also if you may have squeezed it and caused some localized trauma. These boils can become worse, so you may need to see a doctor for that to get some antibiotics and or surgical (lancing) treatment. Staph causes alot of these BTW. ...Read more

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After a boil breaks what is the hole left behind?

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 ...Read more

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What does a boil on ur penis mean...

Boil: It means you should see a doctor and have this taken care of appropriately. ...Read more

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When a boil breaks does it leave a hole in the skin?

Yes: When a boil erupts, what is left is generally a defect of the skin that can extend deep into the dermis. ...Read more

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I Have a boil that has turned black, what does this mean and should I worry about it?

Boil: Do not squeeze it---follow up with your private doctor or Urgent Care for evaluation and proper antibiotics and treatment ...Read more

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I have a boil on my right breast. It's popped by itself. What should I do. What does it mean?

Boil: If the boil does not resolve, you need to see your doctor for oral antibiotics. ...Read more

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I had a boil on foot that busted out blood n it won't stop bleeding what dose that mean?

See a doctor: Without seeing this it is impossible to accurately diagnose. You could either have some clotting disorder promoting bleeding, the "boil" could have eroded into a small underlying vessel, and so on. See a doctor and get this attended to. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a boil on your vagina n you had squeeze it n your starting to have a sharp pain n your stomach?

What does it mean if you have a boil on your vagina n you had squeeze it n your starting to have a sharp pain n your stomach?

Not related.: The two events are not likely to be related. Such infections should not be treated by squeezing but warm compresses, antibiotics and surgical drainage if necessary. ...Read more

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My 7 month old baby begin with fever this early morning. Tonight I noticed a boil when I was changing her diaper. So it means it's already infected cuz she had fever. Can I wait til Monday to take her to the doc or take her to the ER?

Fever in skin infect: If the boil you saw is a bacterial infection on the skin and that is causing her fever then she should be see right away. When skin infections cause fevers it can be a sign of spreading. I wouldn't wait. Maybe the fever is from something else but it would be good to have a physician evaluate her. ...Read more

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I have two boils next to each other that have turned dark purple and are extremely painful. Does the change in color mean it is getting better or wors?

Not good: If you have 2 large boils you should see your local provider and have these treated. The purple usually means that the infection is progressed and destroyed the blood vessels and have some bleeding as well. These need to be drained for this to improve much more quickly and cleaned. Then you should have some treatment. Apply warm compresses and see your provider. I hope this helps and good luck. ...Read more

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What to do I break out with boils I gusse they are if I squeez them the will turn purple and red then I pop it and grren stuff comes out I got 9scars from this what is this

Hello.: Hello. It sounds like you may be getting bacterial infections of your skin. Staphylococcus aureus is often the cause. You can place warm compresses on the boil, replacing as it cools down for 20 to 30 minutes at a time every few hours. However, since this is a recurrent problem for you, recommend that you see your regular doctor or a dermatologist to determine the cause. Don't cut it open. I know it is hard to resist squeezing them but that can cause the infection to spread. So don't squeeze the boils either. If you get redness and warmth in the surrounding skin - it could be a sign of cellulitis. If the boil is very large or doesn't resolve within a few days, recommend getting is seen more promptly. If you develop a fever in reaction to the boil - than you need to get immediate care. Don't know your age or health, but if you are diabetic or immune compromised for another reasons, you should not delay in getting seen. Take care. ...Read more

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What is a boil?

What is a boil?

Infection under skin: Usually a boil refers to a "puss pocket" type of infection under and in fhte skin. It often comes from the bacteria that are on the skin, getting inside it. They generally need to drain, and most of them will do so if you soak them with warm water several times daily. If they don't drain, you may need to have your health care provider open it up, as was suggested. Antibiotics sometimes help too. ...Read more

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