How are heat boils treated ?
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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.
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