HomeAnswersDermatologyfurunculosisI am experiencing a large, soft, squishy pimple-like protrusion on my buttocks. What should I do?

What are the methods to treat furunculosis?


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Answered by

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At November 4, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 4, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I have a large, soft squishy boil or huge pimple-like protrusion on my buttocks.Though it comes and goes, it gets extremely big. The center is light, while the edges are red. The center is soft and spongy, while the sides are stiff. What might it be, and how should I respond?

Please help.

Answered by Dr. Suvash Sahu


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I read your query and examined your picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). You appear to have furunculosis or folliculitis. Boils (furuncles) are a profound bacterial infection of the hair follicles. The reason for the recurrence is Staphylococcus aureus, which is most usually found in the nose, armpits, between the legs, and the buttock cleft. It can spread from the nose to other areas via the fingernails. Measures in general, if you are overweight, attempt to lose weight by exercising regularly. Maintain a healthy, balanced diet that includes meat, fruits, and vegetables. Smoking should be avoided. Once a day, wash your entire body with soap or cleanser and water. Use antiseptic hand rubs or wash your hands multiple times every day. Do not share your towel with other family members. Use a clean handkerchief and avoid picking your nose. Change your underwear and nightgown regularly. Avoid activities that generate perspiration and clothing friction, such as squash and running. If you are iron deficient, taking iron supplements may help you avoid infection. Get your blood sugar checked. For medical management take oral antibiotics such as a tablet of Augmentin 625 mg (Amoxicillin) once daily for five days (if you are not sensitive to the penicillin group) and use topical Mupirocin ointment (antibacterial) twice daily for five days. Check to see whether your issue is still present.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Suvash Sahu
Dr. Suvash Sahu


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