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How are heat boils treated ?

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My Mom is a diabetic patient and she has got one heat boils on her thigh which is very paining,she is having it from last 2 days ,,,,,what needs to be done?
Posted Thu, 12 Apr 2012 in Diabetes
Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh 20 minutes later

Thanks for posting your query.

What your mother is having is a boil which is very common in diabetic patients. Boils are caused by infection of the hair follicle by staph aureus. A boil generally starts as a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard. Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled with pus.

For such a boil, apply warm compresses on the boil and keep the area clean with topical antiseptics. Drainage of the boil is done only when it becomes soft and forms a head. Till then she can apply a topical antibiotic cream like Neosporin or Bactroban after consulting her doctor. She can also take some over the counter pain reliever like Ibuprofen and oral antibiotics after a doctor’s prescription.

Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.
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