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How can a painful boil on the forearm be treated?

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Posted on Fri, 15 Sep 2017
Question: Dear Dr,
My son is 6 years 5 months old. He is having skin boil on fore arm. Its painful and pus came out twice. Its since last three days. This one is third one last two months. Earlier two was on knee and elbow. Another one now on buttock. Its slowly increasing. Each time he suffering one week. Why its recurring? Also my kids doctor told we will do Blood glucose test. Is it necessary? Now we are applying T-Bact ointement. Please advise. Also attached image.
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XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (42 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Get the blood sugar tested

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. I have checked the attached image. It is apparent that your child has a bacterial infection, possibly due to Streptococcus or Staphylococcus. Usually topical antibiotics like T-Bact suffice but since it is recurring, it would be a good idea to get his blood sugar checked and rule out childhood diabetes as a possible cause. I would insist you to get it done. Further, it would be a good idea to talk to his doctor for a course of oral antibiotics.

Let me know if I could help further.

Regards
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (15 minutes later)
Dear Doctor,

Thank you for the advice. Hope you remember that he had gastritis few weeks back. I contacted you regarding this. Hence Doctor is telling not to use oral antibiotics. Is it serious condition. Please suggest.

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XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (55 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
I would insist on a course of oral antibiotics

Detailed Answer:
I understand the issue of gastritis but if systemic antibiotics are needed, they need to be given and that can either be oral or through intravenous route. In spite of the gastritis I would still suggest giving oral antibiotics. It is not a serious condition but needs to be treated.

Regards
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Diptanshu Das (14 hours later)
Dear Doctor,

Thank you for reply. I consulted Doctor and expressed your views. He prescribed Clamp kid forte Syrup 6.5ml twice daily for a week. Hope this will help my kid to recover.

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XXXX
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Answered by Dr. Diptanshu Das (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Give it a try

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the update. I hope that this measure would provide relief.

Feel free to ask me back in case of any further queries.

Regards
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How can a painful boil on the forearm be treated?

Brief Answer: Get the blood sugar tested Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone carefully through your query and understand your concerns. I have checked the attached image. It is apparent that your child has a bacterial infection, possibly due to Streptococcus or Staphylococcus. Usually topical antibiotics like T-Bact suffice but since it is recurring, it would be a good idea to get his blood sugar checked and rule out childhood diabetes as a possible cause. I would insist you to get it done. Further, it would be a good idea to talk to his doctor for a course of oral antibiotics. Let me know if I could help further. Regards