A boil is a skin abscess, a collection of pus localized deep in the skin. There are several different types of boils. Among them are the following: furuncle or carbuncle, cystic acne, hidradenitis suppurativa, and pilonidal cyst. Read more: Boils (Skin Abscesses) Article
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Picture of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
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Medications & Supplements
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- cephalexin (Keflex)
- mupirocin (Bactroban, Centany)
- isotretinoin - oral, Absorica, Accutane, Amnesteem,
- clindamycin, oral (Cleocin)
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- isotretinoin (Accutane, Claravis, Amnesteem, Absorica, Zenatane)
- tetracycline (Sumycin)
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