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Recurring boils, occasionally painful, takes time to drain. What to do?

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hi ....
i am sufffering from recurring boils ..... some of the boils are not painful and drain in 2-3 days ...... but sumetimes they are painful and takes time to drain......last few months i had no boil but as the temprature increased they started coming back........ what to do?
Posted Mon, 21 May 2012 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Shainaz Arif Kaware 41 minutes later
Thanks for your query.
Boils or medically called furuncle is a skin infection caused by bacteria Staphylococcus aureus.
The bacteria cause inflammation and resulting in a painful swollen area on the skin and accumulation of pus.
Recurring of boils occurs when the antibiotic used happens to be inadequate in coverage or is not sensitive towards the infection causing bacteria
Antibiotics like Amoxicillin and sometimes Cephalosporins are commonly used antibiotics to treat such sort of infection.
Since it is a recurring infection it will be advisable to get routine blood investigations like CBC,Blood sugar done.
It will be better to consult a Dermatologist(skin specialist) and get this infection treated.
If the doctor advises you can get the blood culture and sensitivity done for isolation of the organism and a better selection of antibiotics.
Hope this answer is helpful to you.
In case of any further queries you can write back and I shall help you.
Please accept this answer if you have no further queries.
Take care.

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