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Are abscess and a boil treated the same way?
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Dr. Joseph Eastern
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes...
...For all practical purposes.
Both are localized infections, both need to be drained and, if necessary, treated with an antibiotic - although draining is often all that is needed.

In brief: Yes...
...For all practical purposes.
Both are localized infections, both need to be drained and, if necessary, treated with an antibiotic - although draining is often all that is needed.
Dr. Joseph Eastern
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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Skin abscess
A boil is a skin abscess, a collection of pus localized deep in the skin.
There are several different types of boils. Among them are the following: furuncle or carbuncle, cystic acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, and pilonidal cyst.If the abscess is small (less than 1 cm or less than ½ inch across), applying warm compresses to the area for about 30 minutes, four times daily may help.

In brief: Skin abscess
A boil is a skin abscess, a collection of pus localized deep in the skin.
There are several different types of boils. Among them are the following: furuncle or carbuncle, cystic acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, and pilonidal cyst.If the abscess is small (less than 1 cm or less than ½ inch across), applying warm compresses to the area for about 30 minutes, four times daily may help.
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