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Treatment for boils?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Drain
A furuncle is a boil, a purulent inflammation of a hair follicle.
These usually pop, aided by a warm compress. If it does not do that in a couple of days, see your doctor to ascertain if it needs to be drained.

In brief: Drain
A furuncle is a boil, a purulent inflammation of a hair follicle.
These usually pop, aided by a warm compress. If it does not do that in a couple of days, see your doctor to ascertain if it needs to be drained.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Andria Johnson
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Hot soaks
Soaking the boil in very warm water or applying hot compresses with a clean cloth for 15-20 minutes at least 2-3 times a day.
This should bring the boil to a head or cause it to rupture on its own. Sometimes boils need to be lanced since there is a lot of pain involved. Ibuprofen can help. But you may need a provider to look at it since you may require antibiotics, if severely infected.

In brief: Hot soaks
Soaking the boil in very warm water or applying hot compresses with a clean cloth for 15-20 minutes at least 2-3 times a day.
This should bring the boil to a head or cause it to rupture on its own. Sometimes boils need to be lanced since there is a lot of pain involved. Ibuprofen can help. But you may need a provider to look at it since you may require antibiotics, if severely infected.
Dr. Andria Johnson
Dr. Andria Johnson
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Dr. Stephen Pool
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Abscess Treatment
An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red.
Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. The middle of an abscess is full of pus and debris. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/abscess#1

In brief: Abscess Treatment
An abscess is a tender mass generally surrounded by a colored area from pink to deep red.
Abscesses are often easy to feel by touching. The middle of an abscess is full of pus and debris. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/abscess#1
Dr. Stephen Pool
Dr. Stephen Pool
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