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What should I do to get rid of my boil?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
8 doctors agree

In brief: Boil

Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface.
Once the boil comes to a head, it will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within 10 days of its appearance. You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm water and squeezing out the excess moisture. If not improved see your doc.

In brief: Boil

Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface.
Once the boil comes to a head, it will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within 10 days of its appearance. You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm water and squeezing out the excess moisture. If not improved see your doc.
Dr. Michael Fisher
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Soaks

Hot soaks either by direct immersion of the area or by applying hot wet packs to the area frequently (every several hours) will bring this to a head which will rupture and drain.
If this does not work you may need to be treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. Do not squeeze these. If they have to be opened a sterile needle or a scalpel will be needed.

In brief: Soaks

Hot soaks either by direct immersion of the area or by applying hot wet packs to the area frequently (every several hours) will bring this to a head which will rupture and drain.
If this does not work you may need to be treated with antibiotics. See your doctor. Do not squeeze these. If they have to be opened a sterile needle or a scalpel will be needed.
Dr. Martin Raff
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