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

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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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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: 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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