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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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 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 have ...  Read Full »

Having boils at the back of neck and got worse after using Hydrocortisone. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has small boils at the back of her neck for the past eight days, and it seems to be getting worst. Her major allergies are milk, peanut, and egg. Semi allergies are wheat, soy, and beef. When we first noticed, we started to apply Hydrocortisone, but it seems to be getting ...  Read Full »

Dr. Shanza Ikram

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your case in detail (attachment removed to protect patient identity). In my opinion, your daughter got some insect bite reaction as in pictures all pinpoint boils are in curved fashion as most commonly seen when any bug or insect crawl bite on ski...  Read Full »

Why am I getting boils on stomach and back?

Query: Hello doctor, Why am I getting bumps or boils on my stomach and now on my back leaving five black marks on my stomach and there are three new boils or bumps on my back that hurt really bad. How can I make them go away? Please help. It hurts when touched.  Read Full »

Dr. Chaitra. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Repeated boils on the body suggest that you may be closer to a source of infection or the treatment has been inadequate. Squeezing of boils may also lead to the spread of infection. If you have not found relief with antibiotics, you may require testing of pus from the b...  Read Full »

How can boils on my chin be treated?

Query: Hello doctor, I started to have a boil on my chin and since I have had one before I decided to use the same treatment as the last time that is apple cider vinegar. When I put the treatment on the boil it did burn which I knew was a sign of it working. But, the day after, the boil did decrease in siz...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaunak Patel

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is because your skin is irritated with cider vinegar. Make sure that the pus inside the boil has been removed completely if any. The redness is the inflammation that persists because of the boil and aggravated by home treatment. You need to apply Fusidic acid and ...  Read Full »

I have a small painful bulge near my anal opening. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I was taking a shower, and I noticed something near my anus. It is kind of painful only when pressing it. Do you know what this might be? Could it be cancer? Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query, and sorry for the discomfort you are facing. I saw the pictures you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). In the picture, there is one single small bump that is erythematous, which means reddish in appearance....  Read Full »

I have severe boils and blackheads on my thigh and other areas of the body. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor, I have horrible boils and blackheads on my thighs. My intimate area has so many ingrown hairs. My doctor prescribed the tablet Minocycline and Fucidin cream. There is also a fungal infection on my stomach. I think I am suffering from acne inversa. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. It seems you are suffering from keratosis pilaris. Keratosis pilaris (KP) is a genetic disorder of the keratinization of hair follicles of the skin. It is an extremely common benign condition that manifests as s...  Read Full »

I brushed my teeth, and a round white piece fell off my gums. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I was just brushing my teeth, and a piece of gum fell off along my bottom front teeth. Not from the edge of the gum, though. It was further down and a small round piece. It looked white before it fell away. Now I have this random little hole in my gum. Why did this happen, and what do...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the gum looked white first and then a portion fell off then it is most probably a boil over the gum, and the membrane over it has fallen off. Do not worry, as there is nothing to worry. You can apply Chlorohexidine gel over it, and the gum will heal gradually. If it d...  Read Full »

Are my fever and boils due to HIV?

Query: Hi doctor, Last month, I had sex with a third gender. I was little drunk at that time. I used a condom but she did not let me penetrate. Instead, she simply inserted my penis between her thighs and tried to take money from me. During the intercourse, I did not ejaculate and my condom was at the righ...  Read Full »

Dr. Jyotisterna Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your current problem of fever and boils is not due to the recent contact or HIV, but due to other causes. I have seen your blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is nothing to worry about. As you are worried about HIV, you can go for ...  Read Full »

What could be the small raise on my vaginal opening?

Query: Hello doctor, A couple of weeks ago, I found a very small raise on my vaginal opening, much like a skin tag. I noticed the rise because of the burning sensation that was coming from that area. Since then, I have noticed that the bump has not grown bigger or smaller but has started burning the day I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Talpe Ashwini Nanasaheb

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It could be a boil that is an infection of hair follicles over the pubis, or it could be due to local irritation. It would be better if you shared the images of the lesion so that I can suggest medicine.   Read Full »

Why is there a sore pimple in my vagina lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a very sore pimple on the inner side of my outer vagina lips. I have had the occasional one in the past on the same side and usually around the same area. It is like an ingrown hair or clogged follicle. I do shave down there. They usually go away on its own but this one seems very...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Shaving or waxing the intimate areas often lead to ingrown hairs, infected follicles out there. Either you can cut it out with scissors leaving a bit or go for laser hair removal. These problems settle down forever. Do use douches, just cleanse the area with water durin...  Read Full »

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