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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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