Philippine Dermatological Society

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Patricia Pontejos-Canivel, MD, DPDS

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Boils are caused by a bacterial infection of the hair follicle. It presents as a painful red nodule on the skin that can start draining pus. This condition usually develops in areas that are prone to perspiration, friction and occlusion:

– Underarms
– Buttocks
– Neck
– Thighs

There are some factors that can predispose a person to developing boils such as:

– Immunosuppression
– Taking oral steroids
– Diabetes
– Obesity

Some boils may resolve on its own but if you are experiencing the following, consult a board- Dermatologist immediately:

– Progressing pain and swelling around the boil
– Fever
– Recurrent or multiple boils
– A history of chronic skin conditions like Atopic dermatitis
– Immunosuppression

Here are some tips to manage a boil at home:
Good Hygiene is important: Regular and proper bathing habits, wearing loose and light clothing, keeping areas that are prone to perspiration clean and dry
Apply a warm compress over the boil: Use a clean cloth and apply for 10 mins, 3 times a day
Never squeeze or try to pop a boil: this can cause complications
Do not share personal items and cover the boil to prevent spreading the infection

 

References

AAD website: https://www.aad.org/public/everyday-care/injured-skin/treat-boils-styes
Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology 9th edition

 

 

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