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What are the causes of boils and how can you get rid of them?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology

In brief: Boils

A boil is a localized infection in the skin that begins as a reddened, tender area.
Over time, the area becomes firm, hard, and more tender. Eventually, the center of the boil softens and becomes filled with infection-fighting white blood cells from the bloodstream to eradicate the infection. This collection of white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus.

In brief: Boils

A boil is a localized infection in the skin that begins as a reddened, tender area.
Over time, the area becomes firm, hard, and more tender. Eventually, the center of the boil softens and becomes filled with infection-fighting white blood cells from the bloodstream to eradicate the infection. This collection of white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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