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Is it normal for a boil caused by an inflamed hair follicle to look like a bruise? This started after hot compress was applied and it softened.

Is it normal for a boil caused by an inflamed hair follicle to look like a bruise? This started after hot compress was applied and it softened.

See below: The bruise would indicate there was some bleeding into the skin at the site of the boil. This can occasionally happen. What's most important is to get adequate drainage of the pus in the boil without squeezing it. ...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 you put on a boil for it to come to a head?

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What can you put on a boil for it to come to a head?

Warm compresses: A warm compress will increase local blood flow and allow a collection of white blood cells to form. If it persists and does not drain, you may need to see your health provider to have it incised and drained. ...Read more

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How long does it take for a boil to form a head?

The time varies: A good way to accomplish this, is to apply hot moist packs to the lesion for about 15 minutes every 3-4 hours-- your pcp should then see it. ...Read more

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I have a boil that doesn't have a head in my groin area. What should I do?

Groin boil: If it is not too big you might cure it by putting a glob of 10per cent benzoyl peroxide on it under occlusion (band aid or better yet small piece of cellophane

Apply warm moist heat 5x a day if it is larger and it may drain on its own
Some need to be lanced in the doctors office if too large or painful ...Read more

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It started like a boil and I applied hot compresses to bring it to a head. It kept hurting really bad. Eventually it started going down but now it spr?

It started like a boil and I applied hot compresses to bring it to a head. It kept hurting really bad. Eventually it started going down but now it spr?

Get checked: Any boil always makes me think of MRSA infection these days especially if there is a lot of pain. At your age you must factor in any underlying health issues like diabetes or impaired immune system. I would have this checked very soon especially if you develop fever and body aches.
http://www. Webmd. Com/skin-problems-and-treatments/understanding-mrsa ...Read more

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Hi. I have a pimple underneath my left underarm. The head of it is red. I'm scared. Is it just a pimple or a boil?

Use warm compress: And see doctor. A little topical hydrocortisone won't hurt but need to make sure it is not infected, and may need oral antibiotics if not clearing ...Read more

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What the best way to get rid of a boil on the back of the head?

What the best way to get rid of a boil on the back of the head?

Local heat: Use warm compresses and it will surface more, and may drain itself or need lancing with sterile prep and instruments.
Can be from sebaceous cyst and recur if not removed.
Best to see your doc. ...Read more

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He has a bump on the side of his shaft. It does not have a head or any puss. Would this be a boil?

He has a bump on the side of his shaft. It does not have a head or any puss. Would this be a boil?

Need a picture: Something like this could be almost anything from a wart to a skin tag. It really needs to be seen - whether in person or by a virtual consult. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a boil-looking bump on my bottom that doesn't hurt and has no head to it. It has been there for two months and is not going away. It's soft too?

This is probably: A lipoma (noncancerous fatty tumor) but any swelling or lump that has been present for a while should be checked out. There are lots of other potential diagnoses both benign and not. Ask your health care provider to evaluate it. ...Read more

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I.Had a boil whit no pus head it was a normal boil. It went down but left a hard lil bump under skin can boils do that it feel like a hard lil pea?

I.Had a boil whit no pus head it was a normal boil. It went down but left a hard lil bump under skin can boils do that it feel like a hard lil pea?

Yes, it can happen: After a boil heals up, there can be some scar tissue at the site. The firm bump is the scar, and it should soften and get smaller over the coming months. Sometimes there is some dead cells and other "foreign" material there that will dry up and come out (as in a comedone) by itself. In a few cases, the material forms a "cyst" and needs to be cut out by a surgeon. ...Read more

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I noticed when I wipe after I pee, there is a boil like spot down there. Looks like it has a white head. On it. Could it be a boil.

I noticed when I wipe after I pee, there is a boil like spot down there. Looks like it has a white head. On it. Could it be a boil.

Boil: It could be a "boil" or an inflamed cyst. Apply warm compresses multiple times daily and avoid exercise while you have it. Friction and heat can cause these to flare up. If very painful see md for antibiotics to bring down the swelling.
Boils are infections but in this area they are not usually from an infection but rather just from inflammation. ...Read more

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I have a lump on my head above the left eyebrow, had it about a week. Looks like a boil but there's no head on it to pop and gives me headaches?

Boiling mad!: It is so irritating when, not only is something wrong, but it is visible! A boil may have no head at first. At the early stages, it may respond to antibiotics and not need to be lanced. Get seen today. ...Read more

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Lump in breast. Hard n painful. Lump sits beneath the areole. There's a boil-like white-ish head on areole. Is this just a boil?

Possible: At 36 you may hve infection (boil) of periareolar montgomery gland infection, must see your doctor to make sure have nothing serious, and if it is to drain (and antibiotics) which will give relief to your pain. ...Read more

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I accidently scratched myself now I have a boil its bigger then a quarter n very red very painful no head on it how can I help it open it to drain?

I accidently scratched myself now I have a boil its bigger then a quarter n very red very painful no head on it how can I help it open it to drain?

Seek treatment: If it is already the size of a quarter and very red and very painful you may well have an abscess. The longer you wait to try to get it to drain the larger it will get. The infection can spread both locally and enter your blood in the meantime. Furthermore, the longer you wait, if it does not drain on its own you will need a larger incision, have more discomfort and require a longer healing time. ...Read more

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My 6 month old daughter has a boil on her bottom but it hasn't come to a head yet. It is causing her a lot of pain. What can I do to make it go away?

My 6 month old daughter has a boil on her bottom but it hasn't come to a head yet. It is causing her a lot of pain. What can I do to make it go away?

Hard to say: If you can get the kid to accept a warm compress in the area it will sometimes bring this to a head. However, it is almost impossible to do in that location and you will need to go in anyway. Sometimes abx can help but most will need to be opened and drained. Depending on the location this could originate from a hair follicle or a fistula from the intestine near the anus requiring surgery. ...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 a boil on the back of my head, the swelling has gone down but then I found two sollen glands at the back of my neck under the boil.

See below: If you have a boil it is very common for the lymph nodes in the local area to get inflammed. They will go away as the boil subsides. ...Read more

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I have discovered a boil on my left butt cheek near to the inside and im in agony. Just popped it because it had a head but its massive under skin?

It may well be a...: Perirectal abscess which began not in the skin but rather from the end of the sigmoid colon. If it is still quite painful despite draining, it needs to be drained better by a surgeon. ...Read more

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My father has a boil on his cheek. He is supposed to shave his beard and head urgently. What can he do avoid infecting it more and spread it on head?

Skin care: I would avoid shaving if at all possible in your dad's case... See instead if he can use scissors (very carefully of course!) to trim back any hair that needs trimming. With shaving, there is a small risk of microscopic damage to the skin which could be irritating or even provide for infection to spread. I wonder if he is scheduled for a surgery of some type? Call his doctor if you have questions. ...Read more

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I am 29 yrs old I am suffering from a boil n burning problem on that boil on the head of my penis I m married what should I do?

Go see ur Family Doc: Burning boil on penis is worrisome for sexually transmitted diseases/infections so go see your Family Doc for evaluation, testing & appropriate treatment. Then tell your wife so that she can get tested & treated, too. Then go w/her for marriage counseling. ...Read more

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I had a boil on my pubic area that burst and appeared to be healing but now the head area is black with red around it. Is this normal?

Maybe: You may have a small clot of blood at the opening mixed with a scab from where it burst. However, if the boil is swollen, red, tender, and warm, it may be infected and should be looked at by your doctor. ...Read more

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Squeezed small bump on neck. Awful smelling stuff comes out. Keeps coming back. It is not a boil. Its under skin no head. Is it infected pore.

Squeezed small bump on neck. Awful smelling stuff comes out. Keeps coming back. It is not a boil. Its under skin no head. Is it infected pore.

Sebaceous cyst: This is a typical sebaceous cyst. It's probably not infected now, and is harmless unless and until that happens. But it can be a pretty big deal if infection occurs. It can be treated with minor surgery to prevent recurrent accumulation, drainage, and infection -- probably by a dermatologist. Contact your doctor about a referral. ...Read more

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I have a boil that will not come to a head with warm compress or go away. It's been there over a month. Can't afford to see a doc, how can I treat it?

No home remedy: If you have had this for over a month and it has not drained, there is no home remedy to cure it.
From your description it most likely needs drained and antibiotics. Check in your community, there may be a free clinic you can go to. If not, you can go to the ER, they will treat you and bill you later and may be able to help with payment options or any aid that you qualify for. ...Read more

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A painless lump under my bumcheek thought it was a boil without white head when I squezed hard watery blood came out and went down slightly What is it?

Sounds like a boil: Squeezing lumps can be tempting but usually makes things worse! I suspect your lump will need drainage by a medical provider. ...Read more

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I had a boil in November on the lower back of my head, bad-smelling clear pus came out when I squeezed it, then it healed. Now I have a reddish raised bump in that spot. What could this be/what should be done, if anything?

I had a boil in November on the lower back of my head, bad-smelling clear pus came out when I squeezed it, then it healed. Now I have a reddish raised bump in that spot. What could this be/what should be done, if anything?

Skin care: 60 year old gentleman with history of a skin infection versus cyst. You should visit a dermatologist in the office to examine your skin. It is possible that this is a self-limited skin infection or infected follicle or it could be a sebaceous cyst which has lining that will elaborate keratinous grummus until that lining is scraped. Your dermatologist will be able to evaluate this for you. ...Read more

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