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What is a boil?

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Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Preventive Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Infection under skin

Usually a boil refers to a "puss pocket" type of infection under and in fhte skin.
It often comes from the bacteria that are on the skin, getting inside it. They generally need to drain, and most of them will do so if you soak them with warm water several times daily. If they don't drain, you may need to have your health care provider open it up, as was suggested. Antibiotics sometimes help too.

In brief: Infection under skin

Usually a boil refers to a "puss pocket" type of infection under and in fhte skin.
It often comes from the bacteria that are on the skin, getting inside it. They generally need to drain, and most of them will do so if you soak them with warm water several times daily. If they don't drain, you may need to have your health care provider open it up, as was suggested. Antibiotics sometimes help too.
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
Dr. Paul Hartlaub
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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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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine

In brief: Infected skin tissue

Infxn under skin.
Needs opened, drained and antibiotics for a few days.

In brief: Infected skin tissue

Infxn under skin.
Needs opened, drained and antibiotics for a few days.
Dr. Luis Villaplana
Dr. Luis Villaplana
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