Boil

A skin infection that grows in a hair follicle or oil gland, and commonly affects parts of the body susceptible to friction or pressure, is called a boil. Staphylococcal bacteria mostly cause boils. It results in a hard, red, and painful lump on the surface of the skin.

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I have a pimple-like lump on my head. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old male. I have had pimple-like lumps in one spot on my head for about six months. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Bn Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. In the picture (attachment removed to protect patient's identity) by looking I think it is furuncle or commonly called as boil. It is painful pus filled bump under the skin which starts as reddish, tender swelling and gets filled up wit...  Read Full »

What causes recurrent boils in children?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is around 2.9 years old. She was fine until four months back. Three months back, she got a small boil near her buttocks, so we went to our pediatrician. The doctor gave some tablets, and the boil got healed well. Again last month, she got another small boil on her buttock, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Preeti Puranik

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Repeated skin infection (boil) in a span of four months is a matter of concern.The first possibility is that of an allergic rash due to an allergy to some substance or a mosquito bite getting infected due to repeated scratching. This needs to be treated by anti-allergic med...  Read Full »

What are the dietary restrictions to avoid acne vulgaris?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22-year-old female, and I have boils on my chest from the left to right shoulder. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen your query and understand your concern. Acne vulgaris is a common skin problem in adolescents. In adulthood, it involves pilosebaceous follicles or oil glands and therefore involves areas where oil glands are dense like face, chest, back, upper arms are com...  Read Full »

I am taking Jupicef tablet for a throat infection. Will it rectify my boil on the vulva?

Query: Hello doctor, I have got a boil on my vulva, and it is paining when I sit or walk. Currently, I am taking Jupicef 500 mg tablet for a throat infection. Kindly tell me if this will rectify the boil as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It will help but, it is not a very effective antibiotic. For boils, I suggest you try taking the following. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him or her and start taking the medicines after their consent. Capsule Augmentin (combination of Amoxicillin and Cla...  Read Full »

How to get rid of boils in the buttock region?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 41-year-old woman. I have got a boil or a small lump between my buttocks for a week. It is not painful, but when I touch it, there is a slight pain. Please can you suggest to me some treatment for it? Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.Do you have a fever? Is the boil pus-filled? Are you taking any medicines, or do you have any drug allergies? Do you have diabetes, hypertension, or thyroid issues? Have you had any fungal infections in the past? Please answer these questions for a better diagnosis.  Read Full »

Please suggest an effective treatment to cure a boil.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a pimple on the back of my neck. It has grown and raised to the surface. It remains large and red for few weeks without any pus coming from it. I consulted a doctor and he prescribed Flucloxacillin 500 mg for a week. Now it has been a week and I did not notice any difference in my ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shama Naaz

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Antibiotics have a specific course ranging from 7 to 14 days. Kindly be patient and complete taking your full course as suggested by your physician. For topical application, you can use an antibiotic cream over the infected areas. Do not touch or prick your skin wit...  Read Full »

What causes boils in the genital region?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31-year-old married female. There is no other man in my life. I have been noticing three boils near my vagina for the last two months. They have not grown in size. It is like small white pus without pain. Itching is there in almost the whole body for the last three to four days. I...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and will surely help you. I went through the details shared, and I wish to assure you that things are fine. Do not panic. Can you please tell me about your menstrual history? From when are you taking medicines for PCOS (polycystic ovarian ...  Read Full »

Please suggest a treatment for a boil that is oozing out from multiple pores.

Query: Hi doctor, I have boils that appear from time to time. Now, I have some boils above my beltline. It started outlining an ingrown hair with a white head. My wife tried to pull the hair with tweezers. But zit popped and we never got the hair. I have used some peroxide on it and drained more. On the n...  Read Full »


Dr. Bincy Varghese

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Recurrent boils can occur due to a bacterial infection of the hair follicle and it can cause painful pus-filled eruptions on the body. If you are having a frequent recurrence, then it can occur due to persistent infection or reinfection. Please mention whether you h...  Read Full »

What can cause a slightly painful lump near the anus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a lump near my anus. There is no bleeding but I have pain while passing stools. I have this lump from 8 years of age. I did not have any problem with it. There is no pain or bleeding due to it. Now I am 20 years old and I have pain in it for a few weeks with low quantity. Is it no...  Read Full »


Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Piles form within the anus and it does not form around it. Your description suggests a skin tag or anal tag. This does not require any specific treatment. You can simply ignore it. You can have other possibilities such as perianal abscess or boil. For this, I sugges...  Read Full »

What to do for the boil present on the inner thigh for the past six months?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a skin lesion or boil on my inner thigh for the past six months. It is purple in color and it is painful. It becomes swollen for the past few days. I took Amoxicillin and it has not helped me.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You can use Mupirocin ointment twice daily in the morning and evening for ten days. You can apply Fucidin cream (Fusidic acid 2 %) at night for seven days. You can take tablet Emanzen D (Diclofenac with Serratiopeptidase) twice daily after food for three days when you h...  Read Full »

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