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How are heat boils treated ?

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Posted on Thu, 12 Apr 2012
Question: 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?
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Answered by Dr. Jasvinder Singh (20 minutes later)
Hello,

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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How are heat boils treated ?

Hello,

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.