Boils Pictures, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

A boil, also referred to as a skin abscess, is a localized infection deep in the skin.
Symptoms of boils start out as a hard, red, painful lump which eventually becomes softer, larger, and soon formsming a pocket of pus.
Boils can form on various locations on the body.
Boils are usually caused by bacteria called Staphylococcus (staph). Some boils can be caused by an ingrown hair, splinter or other foreign material, or acne.
A boil may develop from a cut or scrape if it becomes infected with bacteria.
Folliculitis, an inflammation or infection of the hair follicles, is seen here on a child's leg.
Boils themselves are not contagious, but the bacteria that cause boils are.
Several types of boils can develop on different parts of the body.
A boil (furuncle) or carbuncle is an abscess in the skin caused by the bacterium <i>Staphylococcus aureus.</i>
Cystic acne affects deeper skin tissue than common acne.
Hidradenitis suppurativa consists of multiple abscesses that form under the armpits (shown below) and in the groin area.
A pilonidal cyst is a unique kind of abscess that occurs in or above the crease of the buttocks.
A sty (stye) is a tender, painful red bump located at the base of an eyelash or under or inside the eyelid.
Anyone can develop a boil.
The primary treatment for most boils is heat application, usually with hot soaks or hot packs.
Once a boil becomes soft or
Antibiotics are often used to eliminate the accompanying bacterial infection.
If you develop a boil, certain symptoms can signify when it is time to seek medical attention.
Boils can be prevented with good hygiene and the regular use of antibacterial soaps to prevent bacteria from building up on the skin.
Serious boils may need to be treated with antibiotics or surgery.

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Reviewed by Norman Levine, MD on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Boils: Causes, Symptoms, and Home Remedies

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