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What does it mean if I have boil?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology

In brief: Infection

A boil is a deeper seat abcess under the skin surface.
It is like a pimple gone wild. They protrude above the skin line, go deep into the subdermal layers, and can be painful and easily traumatized. You can try overlaying it with a very warm soak and then lancing it with a sterile needle if available. If you have the least concern, see your family doc or an er doc.

In brief: Infection

A boil is a deeper seat abcess under the skin surface.
It is like a pimple gone wild. They protrude above the skin line, go deep into the subdermal layers, and can be painful and easily traumatized. You can try overlaying it with a very warm soak and then lancing it with a sterile needle if available. If you have the least concern, see your family doc or an er doc.
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