A furuncle, otherwise called a boil, is caused by a bacterial infection affecting the hair follicles. It appears as red raised bumps on the inflamed skin. When it ruptures, it produces pus. It commonly affects the head, neck, and thigh regions. Warm compresses help to drain furuncle.

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Dr. Alexander Davis, Md

General Practitioner, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.You seem to have furuncles and it has to be removed by a physician. Please get an appointment soon and remove it. You have furuncles due to shaving of the intimate area. Please do not do it. You can shorten the hair by using a safe electric hair trimmer. Do not use a shaver...  Read Full »

How is furuncle on the penis treated?

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Dr. Atishay Bukharia

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Coming to the differential diagnosis and treatment: Chances of it being furuncle is less as it is a progressive condition and would have certainly popped out by pressing. Carbuncle is the collection of furuncle, so chances of it again is very less. Since you have a...  Read Full »

What could be a hard pimple-like bump on toe?

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. We appreciate your concern about your skin eruption. Before I am able to help you in this regard, I would like to have the following additional information: What was the location of the original and recent bumps? Specifically, were they on the upper side of the toe...  Read Full »

What causes pain under the armpit in a pregnant lady?

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Dr. Nadia Khan

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. It seems like she might have some furuncle (boil) under her armpit. It would be useful if you could share any picture of the lesion, so that accurate diagnosis and advice can be given. But as she is pregnant so I would recommend to consult your local doctor as well an...  Read Full »

I have an wound under my breast. Is that akind of skin cancer?

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Dr. Kakkar

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Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the image. (attachment removed to protect patients identity). It seems like a furuncle which is a skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) and which has now burst open. I suggest you take an oral antibiotic, Amoxicillin, or Cephalexin for a week. Also, ...  Read Full »

I have painful skin colored bump in penis. Is it syphilis?

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Dr. Sandeep Golla

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I saw your picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your concern is furuncle. Start using T-bact ointment twice daily on the lesion and have plenty of water. This will help you. It is not syphilis.  Read Full »

What Can Be The Reason For Recurrent Boil?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a boil on my inner thigh, which keeps recurring. I have had a boil in the same spot before. When I popped it went away, but now it has come back. It is also very painful. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetologist, Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query. It seems that you are having furunculosis. Boils (also called furuncles) are a deep bacterial infection of hair follicles. The cause of recurrence may be Staphylococcus aureus, which is most commonly carried in the nostrils, armpits, between ...  Read Full »

What can be the painful eruptions occurring on thighs, forearms and lower back?

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Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. These are furuncles, a bacterial infection of the hair follicles. Use the following medications for five days. Kindly visit your physician, discuss the suggestion and take treatment with consent. A. Tablet Cefadroxil 500 mg twice a day. B. Tablet Flexon 500 mg (Par...  Read Full »

Why do I get boils near rectal opening?

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Dr. Dilip Meena

Dermatologist, Venereologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 1. This is most likely a bacterial infection affecting either hair follicle or perianal glands. 2. It does not seem likely that it is related to your lower back injury. 3. The causative agent is mostly the bacterium known as Staphylococcus aureus. 4. The pus has to be ...  Read Full »

Is a furuncle an emergency condition?

Query: Hello doctor,I have had a boil under my left armpit since yesterday morning or so. It is reddish and painful, and occasionally I may have felt an itch. I have had these before. I just assumed that they were due to excessive sweating, and would just periodically wash with soap water and these would t...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your post and images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a furuncle (infected hair follicle). You will have to take antibiotics preferably Amoxicillin Clavulanate (Augmentin 625) and that will solve the issue. For more inf...  Read Full »

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