Table of Contents
- Boils facts
- What is a boil? What are boil symptoms and signs?
- What is a boil? What are boil symptoms and signs? (Part 2)
- What is a boil? What are boil symptoms and signs? (Part 3)
- What causes boils to form?
- What are risk factors for boils?
- How are boils diagnosed?
- What are boil treatments and home remedies?
- When should someone seek medical attention for a boil?
- What is the prognosis (outcome) for a boil?
- What kinds of specialists treat boils?
- What can be done to prevent boils (abscesses)?
Quick GuideBoils: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies
What causes boils to form?
There are many causes of boils. Some boils can be caused by an ingrown hair. Others can form as the result of a splinter or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Others boil, such as those of acne, are caused by plugged sweat glands that become infected. Often the exact cause of a boil cannot be determined.
The skin is an essential part of our immune defense against materials and microbes that are foreign to our body. Any break in the skin, such as a cut or scrape, can develop into an abscess should it become infected with bacteria.
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