by Raquel Hunter
is a Boil?
boil is a localized infection deep in the skin. They begin as red, tender swellings,
which may later ooze pus. Some people have recurrent boils.
boil is also called a skin abscess.
causes a Boil?
are many causes of boils. Some common causes are:
or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin
plugged sweat glands that become infected
of a Boil
are many different symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of having a boil are:
are several different types of boils. The most common types are:
A furuncle is is an abscess in the skin caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus
furuncle can have one or more openings onto the skin.
person with a furuncle may experience fever and/or chills.
furuncle is also referred to as a carbuncle.
acne occurs when oil ducts become clogged and infected.
acne affects deeper skin tissue that the more superficial inflammation from common
acne is most common on the face and typically occurs in the teenage years.
suppurativa is a condition where multiple abscesses form under the arm pits and/or
the groin area. Hidradenitis
suppurativa is caused by a local inflammation of the sweat glands.
for hidradenitis suppurativa include antibiotics and a surgical procedure to remove
the sweat glands in order to stop the skin inflammation from reoccurring.
cyst is a kind of abscess that occurs in the crease of the buttocks.
cysts often begin as tiny areas of infection in the base of the area of skin from
which hair grows (the hair follicle).
cysts often form after long trips that involve prolonged sitting.
are Boils Treated?
can be treated with antibiotics, hot packs and draining the abscess.