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Suggest treatment for a boil

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Posted on Wed, 5 Jul 2017
Question: How should I get a boil or furuncle treated?
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Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. (38 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Oral and Topical Antibiotics

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am dr.kakkar (dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern.

For a furuncle I would suggest a course of an Oral antibiotic for a week e.g either Cephalexin 500mg, thrice daily or Trimethoprim sulphamethoxazole (800mg+160mg), twice daily for a week.
Topically you may use an antibiotic ointment e.g 2% mupirocin or 2% fusidic acid ointment.
In addition an Oral antiinflammatory/ painkiller e.g ibuprofen 400mg, twice daily for a week would help relieve pain and swelling.
These would be prescription medications and I would suggest that you talk to your General Practitioner regarding the same

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Brief Answer: Oral and Topical Antibiotics Detailed Answer: Hello. Thank you for writing to us I am dr.kakkar (dermatologist). I have gone through your query and I have noted your concern. For a furuncle I would suggest a course of an Oral antibiotic for a week e.g either Cephalexin 500mg, thrice daily or Trimethoprim sulphamethoxazole (800mg+160mg), twice daily for a week. Topically you may use an antibiotic ointment e.g 2% mupirocin or 2% fusidic acid ointment. In addition an Oral antiinflammatory/ painkiller e.g ibuprofen 400mg, twice daily for a week would help relieve pain and swelling. These would be prescription medications and I would suggest that you talk to your General Practitioner regarding the same Regards