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Hello Donna

Thank you for writing.

Boils and carbuncles are mostly caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This germ enters the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin or can travel down the hair to the follicle.

Have you tried using warm compresses?

Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface. Once the boil comes to a head, it will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within 10 days of its appearance.

You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm water and squeezing out the excess moisture.

When the boil starts draining, wash it with an antibacterial soap until all the pus is gone and clean with rubbing alcohol.

Apply a topical antibiotic ointment and a bandage.

Bacitracin and Neosporin are two types of antibiotic ointments that can be used.

Continue to wash the infected area two to three times a day and to use warm compresses until the wound heals.

Good hygiene is one way to reduce the incidence of boils.

Do not pop the boil with a needle. This could make the infection worse.

Since these boils seem to be popping up more, consult your doctor.


August 14, 2018 - 5:28am


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