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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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

Dermatologist, Venereologist

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

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

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

Venereologist, Dermatologist

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

Medical Gastroenterologist

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

Dermatologist, Venereologist

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 »

How to get rid of recurrent painful boils on the tip of the nose?

Query: Hello doctor,On the tip of my nose, there is a red spot with what seems to be a small hole. It irritates the nose area. And it has been about one year when I first experienced it. It is not so itchy but has some pain.  Read Full »


Dr. Snehal Laul

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Use Nadibact (Nadifloxacin) cream at night for 15 days. Take tablet Ciplox (Ciprofloxacin) 500 mg once a day after food for five days, tablet Emanzen D (Serratiopeptidase and Diclofenac Sodium) twice daily for three days (if painful), and tablet Levocetirizine 5 ...  Read Full »

What could be the small irritable pimples on the inner labia?

Query: Hi doctor, I have small pimple-like swelling on my inner labia, which developed a head and broke to release fluid. But I am not sure if it indeed was a pimple or something else, as I can still feel a little hardness and swelling in that spot. And the skin on that side of my vulva has become red and ...  Read Full »


Dr. Nadia Khan

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am very sorry to hear that you have this problem, but I do not think it is something to worry about. Please do not use any chemicals or detergents or antiseptic over the area, as the area is very sensitive, and such products will cause harm rather than doing any ...  Read Full »

How to help painful boil in pubis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 21 years old. I recently shaved my pubic region for the first time, but because of half-knowledge and no experience. I shaved in both downward and upward direction. Now I have got a boil over an ingrown hair which has turned the region red and swelled up. It pains a lot and I cou...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Shukla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From history, it seems you have developed pseudofolliculitis. But to suggest proper treatment, I need to see these lesions. So please share a photo so I can provide you treatment. You can use Clindac A (Clindamycin phosphate) gel two times daily for seven days. I ne...  Read Full »

What should I use to stop getting boils on stomach, thighs, and back permanently?

Query: Hi doctor, I have had boils/eruptions on my stomach, thighs and back for the past one or two years. My local dermatologist had diagnosed this as furunculosis and I completed several courses of antibiotics and two weeks of Rcin course as well. However, once the treatment was discontinued, these boil...  Read Full »


Dr. Subhash Kashyap

Dermatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Unfortunately, your photos are not zoomed clear (attachment removed to protect patient identity), but whatever I made out I go with furunculosis and your clinical history and response also favor that. Furuncles are caused by a bacteria staphylococcus aureus. It is a har...  Read Full »

I have a small boil in my vaginal vestibule with pain during urination. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small painful ball near the vaginal vestibule. It is not paining when untouched but the skin around is paining. I have undergone hysterectomy where both my uterus and ovaries are removed four months back and they performed a biopsy. For a week, I have this pain while going to...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), they are fine and no malignancy has been indicated. Do not worry. As I understand, there is no relationship between the surg...  Read Full »

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