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What causes heat boils under both armpits?

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jul 2014
Question: Hi doctor
I am suffering from heat boils under both armpits From 2 years
once the boil ccomes it will be for 2 to 3 weeks, pus will be coming from that and after that it will be vanished
After some days again a boil start in different place
the chance of occurance is high when I consume the food which causes heat like chicken etc
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Answered by Dr. Praveen G (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
? Hidradenitis suppurativa

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic,

The history and the symptoms of armpit boils are favoring the diagnosis of Hidradenitis suppurativa which should be confirmed by physical examination.

If you are having boils in your armpit on many occasions, it is very likely to be Hidradenitis suppurativa. Usually these boils will develop as a painful boils which takes about a week to go away and in severe conditions it may be present all the time.

Hidradenitis is due to blockage of the hair follicles. Once blocked the hair follicle becomes inflamed it will swells up into painful and large boil.

There is no known cause for this and it runs in some families, so it may be partly genetic.

During the episodes of armpit boils, I would suggest you to follow

1. Apply a hot fermentation over the boils.
2. Long term antibiotic course with erythromycin is beneficial in treating the boils.
3. Short course of oral corticosteroid tablets for 3 or 4 days is useful in reducing the edema and pain.
4.Oral Ibuprofen will help to reduce the pain.

I would recommend you to consult skin specialist for advice about long term treatment. The aforementioned measures will help to control the symptoms during the episodes of armpit boils.

Thank you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Prasad
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen G (6 days later)
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Answered by Dr. Praveen G (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
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Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Welcome to Healthcare Magic,

You have not attached the images of the boil. If you are able to attach them it will help to know what exactly you are having.
Thank you.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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Follow up: Dr. Praveen G (15 minutes later)
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Answered by Dr. Praveen G (5 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Upload the photos of the armpit boils

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Sorry i have not received any images from you. Go through our website to know how to upload the images to the web page.

Images will help me to know regarding the boils you are having.
Thank you.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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What causes heat boils under both armpits?

Brief Answer: ? Hidradenitis suppurativa Detailed Answer: Hello, Welcome to Healthcare Magic, The history and the symptoms of armpit boils are favoring the diagnosis of Hidradenitis suppurativa which should be confirmed by physical examination. If you are having boils in your armpit on many occasions, it is very likely to be Hidradenitis suppurativa. Usually these boils will develop as a painful boils which takes about a week to go away and in severe conditions it may be present all the time. Hidradenitis is due to blockage of the hair follicles. Once blocked the hair follicle becomes inflamed it will swells up into painful and large boil. There is no known cause for this and it runs in some families, so it may be partly genetic. During the episodes of armpit boils, I would suggest you to follow 1. Apply a hot fermentation over the boils. 2. Long term antibiotic course with erythromycin is beneficial in treating the boils. 3. Short course of oral corticosteroid tablets for 3 or 4 days is useful in reducing the edema and pain. 4.Oral Ibuprofen will help to reduce the pain. I would recommend you to consult skin specialist for advice about long term treatment. The aforementioned measures will help to control the symptoms during the episodes of armpit boils. Thank you.