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Cause for recurring boil in underarms - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help u
User :   hi i have this recurring boil in underarms , want to know how can i get rid of it and cure it, what is it
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   since when ur having this problem
Doctor :   r u diabetic
User :   almost 6 years now
User :   no am not
Doctor :   do u have history of allgery
User :   am 29 yrs n fit
User :   no
User :   no medical problem
Doctor :   so how often ur getting boils
User :   say once of a month
Doctor :   k
Doctor :   recurrent attacks of boils or 'styes' are due to colonies of bacteria
Doctor :   In the first case, care should be taken on local hygiene.
Doctor :   Sometimes these bacteria can reach the eyes from distant sites like the genital
Doctor :   sorry ur arms
Doctor :   underarms i mean
User :   i also feel a nerve or vein extention to it, it slowly builts up and become a boil(painful), then it break oozzy puss n then bleeds, then goes off
Doctor :   So careful cleaning of hands after using the toilet is essential
Doctor :   ok
User :   thnks
Doctor :   ur welcome
Doctor :   Please fill this form I send, and say done when done.
Doctor :   anything else u want to ask
User :   yes but i needed to inform you more
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   regarding
Doctor :   skin disorder which predisposes you to repeated infections. In such a situation the primary disorder has to be treated simultaneously
Doctor :   dont shave the hair
User :   since six month earlier a boil came in my behind, i also feel the same nerve extension there too but the nerve is feel is very big, the boil is placed at the bootom where i sit, it oozz the puss but then , since it has come my underarms have reduced in frequency
Doctor :   in arm pits
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   r u there
User :   yes arm pits, but this one i am refferring to is at the base of my bottom
Doctor :   in ur case
Doctor :   for that
Doctor :   so did u take any antibiotics
Doctor :   did u see doctor for that problem of urs
User :   i keep my body very clean, i bath twice a day n yes i shave my underarms ,not shave actually but trim it shot
User :   no i dont take any medicines
Doctor :   these infections need to be treated with anti biotics
Doctor :   if u dont treatment with antibiotics
Doctor :   it will cause systemic infection
User :   may i know what this situation is called ? is it serious
Doctor :   plz dont ignore it as simple infection
User :   ok
Doctor :   simple boil infection
Doctor :   will spread if not treated
Doctor :   thats what i meant to say
User :   is it common
Doctor :   no
Doctor :   it does happen
Doctor :   in summer usually
User :   y is it not going , although i wash my armpits regularlu
User :   for me it happens all the time
Doctor :   u need to take antibiotic to fight the infection
Doctor :   if ur body cant fight the germs
Doctor :   hope u understand
User :   yes i understand, any antibiotic will stop it or just reduce it
Doctor :   body can fight infections upto some extent
User :   i mean stop the infection completely or will it come back
Doctor :   yes u need to take complete course of antibiotics
Doctor :   to for complete cure
User :   alright, how do i do it
Doctor :   u got to see a doctor
User :   any doctor or
Doctor :   they will examine and advise with right kind of treatment
Doctor :   ya general physician or dermatologist is fine
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   r u there]
Doctor :   there can a be other skin disorder which predisposes you to repeated infections. In such a situation the primary disorder has to be treated simultaneously
Doctor :   r u there
User :   yes
User :   just filling up the form you sent me
Doctor :   ok
User :   what do you think is this primary disorder in my case
Doctor :   it needs to be investigated
User :   are you referring to the underarms as the primary
Doctor :   after physical examination
Doctor :   it can be as results of other problem or some local infection
User :   i heard of some medical situation as elephentosis or something is this case some thing like that
Doctor :   occuring independently
Doctor :   unlikely
User :   is it contagious like if i sleep with my brother in the same bed or sometime with my parents
Doctor :   yep contagious if they have open wounds
Doctor :   pus in boils is contagious
Doctor :   r u there
User :   just remembered, this arm pit boil sometime appear right after i were this baniyan to work, but i work in a/c all the time, no sweat issue but stil it appears
Doctor :   I have to close this window since there is no response from your side, please get back to us if you need further medical advice. We are available from 9AM to 9PM IST everyday.
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