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My son has a boil. We have been doing epsom salt baths, warm compresses, and antibiotic ointment. He has had it 3-4 days. What else needs to be done.?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

It may need to be drained.
He may need to take antibiotics, or both. Did a doctor see the boil, or is that your diagnosis? Ointments are rather useless for abscesses since these are under the skin infections. Hot compresses are a good idea, but may not be sufficient. See your doctor please.

In brief: Depends

It may need to be drained.
He may need to take antibiotics, or both. Did a doctor see the boil, or is that your diagnosis? Ointments are rather useless for abscesses since these are under the skin infections. Hot compresses are a good idea, but may not be sufficient. See your doctor please.
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