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

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Dr. Milton Mintz
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Milton Mintz
Dr. Milton Mintz
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Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine

In brief: Warm soaks

Boils come to a head in a few days.
Applying warm compresses helps bring them to a head and promotes drainage.

In brief: Warm soaks

Boils come to a head in a few days.
Applying warm compresses helps bring them to a head and promotes drainage.
Dr. Donald Colantino
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: Varies a lot...

Boils come in many sizes, such as 1/4 of an inch up to more than an inch.
They can be anywhere in the body. Also, different people's bodies react to boils differently (even more so if they are suffering some disease or taking certain medications). In general, it should take 2-3 days, but a doctor should check it out if there is any reason to worry, of if the boil isn't merely a tiny one.

In brief: Varies a lot...

Boils come in many sizes, such as 1/4 of an inch up to more than an inch.
They can be anywhere in the body. Also, different people's bodies react to boils differently (even more so if they are suffering some disease or taking certain medications). In general, it should take 2-3 days, but a doctor should check it out if there is any reason to worry, of if the boil isn't merely a tiny one.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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