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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How to get rid of a painful boil in the inner thigh?

Query: Hello doctor, I got a boil kind of pimple on my inner thigh before two days and now it is paining a lot. In that particular part, it has blood and I tried to squeeze it using a toothpick but it was too painful that I am not able to do it. What actually is it? How can it be healed?  Read Full »

Dr. Sneha Mariam Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the photo (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and read your history. It looks like a bacterial folliculitis/abscess. It can be treated with topical and a short course of oral antibiotics. There is no reason to panic. You can apply Fusidic...  Read Full »

What can cause a slightly painful lump near the anus?

Query: There is one lump near my anus, but its not bleeding while passing stools but it pains a little bit. I have this lump since I was 8 years old. But I never had problem with it. It has no pain, no bleeding. And now I am 20 years old. But since few weeks it is painful but in a very low quantity. So is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Ajeet Kumar Lohana

Medical Gastroenterologist

Answer: Hello. I welcome you to icliniq. Well piles usually form within anus not around it. The description you mention suggested that is is possibly an skin tag or anal tag. You can search on google writing this term and you may find the similar pictures that you have been feeling. This does not need an...  Read Full »

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

Query: I have had boils appear from time to time. The come to a head , break and drain. This time I have one on my side above my beltline. It started outlining lime an ingrown hair with a white head. My wife tried to pull the hair with tweezers, the zit popped and we never got the hair. Put some peroxi...  Read Full »

Dr. Bincy Varghese

Venereologist, Dermatologist

Answer: Hi! Welcome to icliniq & thanks for the query. Recurrent boils can be a nuisance. It is a bacterial infection of the hair follicle and can cause painful pus filled eruptions on the body. If you are having frequent recurrences it could be because of persistent infection or reinfection. Are you d...  Read Full »

How long will it take for a painful boil in the inner thigh with discharge to heal?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a boil in my inner thigh for a week now. It started as a pimple then progressed to a painful bump. Two days ago, it started to drain. I have been applying warm compression and Betadine on it. The swelling and pain decreased however, the wound worries me as it now looks like I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from a boil in the inner thigh for a week. It was started as a pimple then progressed to a painful bump. According to your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), your...  Read Full »

How to prevent frequent painful boils on abdomen?

Query: Hi doctor, I keep getting boils on my abdomen once every two to three weeks. They are painful and leave behind scars. I have been having this condition for the past two years. Earlier it was severe with new boils occurring every few days and now it has become less frequent. My local dermatologist di...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, HIV AIDS Specialist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your history and checked the pictures attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The lesions look classical for furunculosis. This is a common bacterial infection of the body hair. It is usually seen in people who sweat a lot, who pre...  Read Full »

Why are there boils in the ear of a diabetic and hypertensive patient?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is 70 years old. She is diabetic and hypertensive, she has dry and itchy skin. For that she is taking head bath and applying oil on scalp. She is prone to sinus problems. Now for a couple of days there are boils inside and outside left ear. It is troubling her very much. Pleas...  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, ENT Otolaryngologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to With the picture it appears like a hair follicle infection of the small hair in the ear canal (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Considering her age and that she suffers from diabates and hypertension (diabetic people have slightly less immunity compar...  Read Full »

How to control extreme hairfall with boils and dandruff?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from extreme hair fall and boils on my scalp. Hair is falling from the root for the last couple of years. These boils come with pus and they settle down, become dry and turn into dandruff. It is quite painful when the boils are in full swing as if someone is pulling ...  Read Full »

Dr. B. T. Priya


Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through all your pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), investigation, and detailed history. Recurrent boils on the scalp can be a continuous problem for many people. It can also be pre-runner for seborrheic dermatitis. Minoxidil should not be...  Read Full »

What could be a small pink-colored oval patch on bikini line with pain?

Query: Hi doctor, There is a sort of pink-colored oval, slightly raised, flat patch on my bikini line, and it is very painful. I do not know what it is, and I am terrified. I get cysts on my bikini line quite often, but they always go away. It does not look like a cyst, and it just appeared like one or tw...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read through your problem thoroughly and seen the pictures too (attachment removed to protect patient identity). To me, it looks like an inflammatory boil with some induration (thickening of the underlying skin) due to some skin infections. It is mostly a foll...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for pus-filled boil under the lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I was having a small boil under my lower lip edge and I pressed it and opened the pus. My lower lip is fully swollen with yellowish and there is a small cut while pressing for pus. This is very painful now.  Read Full »

Dr. Zubayeralam

Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, General Practitioner, Pulmonologist, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to According to your statement, you have a boil under your lower lip edge and your lip is swollen after pressing it. It is painful too. Boil is a skin infection caused by Staph.aureus and its aggravating factors are DM (diabetes mellitus), immune-compromised, anxiety, et...  Read Full »

How to treat large painful cyst-like bump on clitoris?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a large, red, painful cyst-like bump on the left side of the clitoris. It hurts to walk, sit or stand. I have been doing a warm compress three a day and a hot shower once. It seems to be getting more painful. I cannot go to the doctor because of COVID-19. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Infertility Specialist, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From your history and pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I gather that it is vulvitis, which has got localized to a single point. Usually, infection starts in the vagina and later it gets localized. It forms a blister and over time it forms a pus...  Read Full »

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