Patient Comments: Boils - Causes

Has a boil ever become infected? If so, what was the outcome?

Comment from: Virginia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

My surgeon removed a cancerous lipoma and it got infected by him not giving wound care. It then turned into a hematoma inside my leg which created a hole inside my leg 3 inches deep, and then it grew on the outside of me leg. It was the size of a 6 inch Subway. I couldn't walk, sit, nothing! I begged him to do something, he wouldn't, and I went into acute sepsis. I was found lying on the concrete and rushed to the hospital where I almost died because the infection had traveled to my heart. They were squeezing IV bags to get my blood pressure up, it was 60/20 and heart rate was 30. I had 4 different antibiotics going at all times. They got me stable and then did emergency surgery. But now I have a huge hole on the back of my leg and it won't heal. So on November 13, 2015 I had surgery to take out dead skin and that made the hole bigger. It goes from one edge of my leg to the other side 3 inch deep, 3 inch wide and 12 cm long. I have lost more than 50 lb. I am very sick and have cancer. The pain is beyond horrible. I have many dressings a day. They said I could die and or lose my leg because of what this surgeon did. The wound center wants me to wear the wound VAC but I can't tolerate the pain now if they put on the vacuum pressure. And suction is going to kill me. I can't walk, I am in wheel chair. During this last surgery the found a boil and lanced it and a tumor was inside too, that is packed with gauze. I just don't know what to do, I get home care now because of the risk of infection in a hospital. The surgeons told me to get my affairs in order. I am dying because a doctor was not doing his job and now I get infections all the time, and being septic for 3 months cut my life span. I hope that these new doctors can save my life and leg. I should have done a back ground check on the first surgeon because now I am paying for it with my life. I don't want to die from this.

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Comment from: Liz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I'm 30 years old and have dealt with boils for as long as I can remember but in October 2012 I had a boil that was at least the size of a peach pit, in the groin area. I was 9 months pregnant with my son. They had to lance the boil because it was so severely infected and then they cleaned it with water and then packed it with some medical gaze called packing strips. They packed this boil like that 3 times a day for 10 days. Finally on the 4th day I could have my C-section to have my son. It was the worst pain ever.

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Comment from: N/A, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a boil one time on my buttocks. It had swelled so bad that the pain was more than I could stand. It finally festered up and popped. That was a great day for relief! I never had another boil again.

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Comment from: Jessie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I got a pilonidal cyst at 18 years old. I suffered with it for two years, then had it surgically removed. There is a horrific scar! In my late 20's I started getting staph boils every so often. Now I get them once or twice a year (I'm in my 50's) almost always in the groin area. They are huge and extremely painful. I've never had one lanced, as they seem to resolve with warm baths and antibiotics. The one I am currently battling appears to be getting worse however. It is in the groin area and is the size of a large marble probably larger. I went to the emergency room tonight and they gave me antibiotics. I will go see my regular physician tomorrow. Ohhh... the pain!

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Comment from: Robs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I had a large boil under my armpit, about the size of a golf ball. The doctor said that if it didn't drain in two days, I had to get it lanced. No way was I going to do that. My chemist gave me Magnoplasm and I put on a thick amount applied to gauze and stuck it on the boil. 6 hours later, the boil oozed out and went for two days. Very effective. I also took Panadeine for the pain and antibiotics. All good. Best treatment ever. Don't go through the pain of lancing when you doen't have to.

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Comment from: connem, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I had a boil in my groin lanced and given antibiotics the next morning I could stand up straight. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis and spinal stenosis .I had bacterial endocarditis in 1991 and was told I had no vegetation. Had mitral valve repair in 1997. Several physicians said I did not have bacterial endocarditis.

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