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Q. What can be the reason for recurrent boil?

Answered by
Dr. Suvash Sahu
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 07, 2017 and last reviewed on: May 27, 2019

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.

Dr. Suvash Sahu

Cosmetology Dermatology Venereology


Welcome to

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 the legs and in the cleft between the buttocks. It may be transferred to other sites from the nostrils through the finger nails.

General measures to avoid the recurrence are as follows.

  • Follow a balanced healthy diet with meat, plenty of fruit and vegetables. Avoid smoking.
  • Wash your whole body once a day with soap or cleanser and water. Wash your hands several times daily or use antiseptic hand rubs.
  • Do not share your towel with other family members. Maintain a clean handkerchief and do not pick your nose.
  • Change your underclothes and night attire regularly.
  • Try to avoid activities that cause sweating and friction from clothing, such as squash and jogging.
  • If you are iron deficient, a course of Iron tablets may help reduce infection.

Regarding treatment, I suggest oral antibiotics like tablet Augmentin 625 mg (combination of Amoxicillin and Clavulanate potassium) if you are not allergic to penicillin group. Take one tablet thrice daily for five days.

Also, my suggestion is to apply Mupirocin twice daily for five days. Consult your doctor, discuss with him or her and take the medicine with consent.

For further information consult a dermatologist online -->

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