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Where Do Boils Come From
Predisposing factors: Boils are bacterial infections of hair follicles, usually staph. Drainage from one boil can infect nearby hair follicles, especially in the presence of predisposing factors like diabetes, ingrown hair, excessive moisture and immune deficiency. Get checked out to rule out predisposing factors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
MRSA: Your recurrent boils may represent an infection with MRSA. These often occur in families so it is important that everyone be treated. The bacteria is often carried in the nasal passages. In addition to treating the boil, using an antibacterial soap and applying intranasal Bactroban may help. ...Read more
Boils: Crops of recurrent boils means that the staphylococcus bacteria are colonizing your skin and causing invasive skin infections which result in recurrent boils. A course of strong antistaph antibiotics for 2 or more weeks will eradicate the colonies from your skin. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more
What part of: What part of your body gets the boils? ...Read more
Lock up the razor: The way to stop shaving the boils is to lock up the razor. Since the boils stick up higher than the normal skin, a razor will cut their tops off. After all is healed, one can stop creating new boils or pimples by not cutting so closely that the skin is cut. If the skin is cut, it can heal together and seal over a hair follicle or skin gland opening. Bacteria or oils trapped inside form new boils. ...Read more
Get treatment: Boils are usually skin infections and should be treated with antibiotics. There are other disorders that may look like boils but may represent auto-immune disease. It would be prudent to see your doctor asap for an evaluation and treatment. Do not just wait for these things to go away. See this site for info. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0002445/. ...Read more
Get cultured: Go to your dr and get one of these boils drained and cultured. Community acquired MRSA is a growing problem. I like body washes with benzoyl peroxide at least 3 times weekly (more can be drying) for you and close contacts. If MRSA is cultured, other treatments may be recommended for you and family members. When boil occurs, warm compresses to help it drain. ...Read more
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