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A boil is an inflamed swelling normally caused by infection to the hair follicle. They are filled with pus and are often sore and painful. They generally occur in places where there is friction between the skin and clothing, and particularly where there sweat catches, such as under the arms and between the buttocks. If a network of boils joins together, it can form a super boil, known as a carbuncle. The causes of boils are many, some occur naturally as a result of high occurrence of staphylocooci bacteria, but others may be caused by a weakened immune system (as a result of diabetes or stress) or by irritation to the skin caused by conditions such as eczema. Most boils will disappear on their own, but in serious cases they can be treated by a medical professional, who will normally drain the pus from the boil using a needle and syringe. Bursting boils is not recommended, as this can spread the infection on to neighbouring skin.

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Hi I Have Been Suffering With Boils And Blackheads On My Inner Thighs And Under My Armpits For A Good 10 Years Now And Always Felt To Embarrassed To Tell ANYONE I'm Getting Quite Upset About It Now And Am Ready To Tell Someone. Is It Worth Going To My GP Or Do You Think I Should Continue To Deal With It Myself??? Please Help!!!





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I have been getting a boil on my inner thigh every other day. Sometimes it's red, other times it can be purple colour and other times it can be white. When it comes it is very painful to sit down as it is in a crease on my buttox near the genital area. It comes and goes, one day it can be inflamed then other days it can be tiny but still there & sometimes it can feel itchy with dry skin peeling off around it??? Help please





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Hi! Please help me, I have these lumps on my vulva and it is painful at the same time itchy. I haven't got these since and it is the first time to have this. At first, it was just a single boils running randomly on my vulva, and then disappeared. Until I noticed 3 months after, it reappears and was shocked to noticed that it's more than 1. I have 3. I noticed this occurs when my period is coming and then disappear a few days later. And then later this week, which made me so worried is it reoccurs and feels like it's getting higher in number. I can feel through my finger when cleaning like having more than 10, it differs in size and mostly the bigger one like pea size is painful. Is it the carbuncles or a serious one? Also it doesn't have a head, and doesn't drain. Haven't checked by a doctor yet 'coz I am too embarrassed. Hope you can help me..





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I have suffered for years with boils under my arm tummy and between my thighs and they hurt and will never go I have tried loads of different antibiotics and creams and my dr won't send me to a dermatologist I find it very embarrassing and painful that I have to watch what I wear like bras and underwear I don't know what to do any suggestions?





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You might want to look into Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

Many doctors mis diagnose H.S i got mine about 18 and it took almost 10 years before a doctor realised it wasn't just ingrown hairs if you don't want to see the doc go to a walk in clinic please get this sorted sooner rather than later I know the health system is tough but keep persisting I wish I had hope this helps

i have red spots (but they look like blisters / boils all over my back). The size ranges between a pin head and a 10p coin. They are very sore and they have white liquid inside, some just have clear liquid. It seems to be spreading all the time and nothing reduces the redness or swelling. I have been going to the doctor now for 8 years about it and they tell me its achne, which i don't think it is. they have given me all the lotions and potions, nothing works! can someone please help me.





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m having boil inside the vagina, on the clitoris n also on the narrow side from where the white fluid comes out. i 've this problem from the last 1&1/2 year. i 've consulted many doctors. they recommended me antiboitic tablets, injections n oinment namely T- bact. sometimes these boils burst n sometimes they stop growing due to medicine. m having thyroid n high blood pressure n also take medicine for that. i 've no sugar. but due to these 3 boils now, m unable to sit, stand even sleep. i 've already consulted many gynocologist n dermotologist but ll go in vain. these boils r filled with pus. m a married woman for last 10&1/2 year. i 've one baby boy. my medical history is not sound. i 've also face 3 abortions because due to ill health i 'not need more kids. its very paining to wash that portion.i feel very restless n uncomfortable to do any work even to take bath r going for loo.for the last 2-3 years my periods r not proper. sometimes it takes a gap of 4-5 months n doc told me that it is due to early menopass then she adviced me medicine it was a corse of 21 days. but these boil takes place every month whenever my periods r cuming. me n my husband r vry gud friend. due to these problems, he not even told me for sex. we r usually do intercorse but sumtimes due to these boils there is a gap of 2 months . plz suggest me what should i do to cure from these paining boils. m unable to pay u because my financial condition is worse due to this m unable to go for docs recommended test





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Hi I've been suffering with boils since I had my daughter so nearly 18 years I've had 2 cut out and they said if I lose weight I will not get them I have lost weight and still get them under my arms in the between my legs and under my boobs and I have had enough of them they are never small always big what should I do





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The only thing that worked for me was doing this every night. Hot bath, dettol, no soaps no bubble bath just lie in hot bath adding more hot as I got used to the temperature. Swishing the new hot water to my boil. Then go to bed with hot water bottle against boil. After 3 days it brought it to the surface. Never be tempted to squeeze ! Just manipulate it til I saw a white dot which is the core. Then add hot compress when I could, still have hotter bath soaks, hot water bottle. When white dot visible all the time then got an old jar, heated rim in hot water, put over boil and held, this will change the air by suction and it will either raise more and burst. If jar never worked used plaster over it (not the plaster that has a pad the sticky plaster part so need to buy on a roll or cut off ends of plaster). If none of the above worked coz ended up being a cluster of boils merging into a whopper, then used 'pridd salve' which you can usually get on line or ebay. Best thing to avoid, is forget scented soaps, shower gels, bubble bath, by organic or use dettol or sanitex products. Plus swap washing powder to non bio and use less of it, if necessary leave washing in machine and put on again for a second wash minus powder as too much can stay in fabric and irritate skin which could lead to a boil. Hope this helps, and FYI - if you are diabetic, check sugar levels, too much sugar is often the cause, so cut back on sugary food as well as goodies.





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Hi I have o boil under my breast which has come back for a second time I don't know what to do about it?





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Hi I keep getting hard painful red lumps on my face there is no pus inside just a clear liquid comes out if I squeeze it. I thought it was a blind boil but everything I have read about blind boils says they have pus inside. What are these things please and should I be seeing my gp.





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