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What causes large reddish boil on armpit?

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Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016
Question: I have a large red like boil under my armpit. I thought it might be an infected hair. Ive been treating it like a pimple and putting hot compresses on it but its not gotten better and it is very sensitive.
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Answered by Dr. V. N. S. Parinam (43 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Staphylococcal furuncle

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

You seem to have furuncle which is a hair follicle infection. YOu need an oral course of antibiotics like Amoxycillin to completely treat it. Staphylococcal skin infections spread easily to other areas hence require oral course. I suggest you to visit a RN or any clinic for a prescription of the same. Hot compresses are ok but not the complete treatment choice.

Let me know if you have other queries.
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What causes large reddish boil on armpit?

Brief Answer: Staphylococcal furuncle Detailed Answer: Hello, You seem to have furuncle which is a hair follicle infection. YOu need an oral course of antibiotics like Amoxycillin to completely treat it. Staphylococcal skin infections spread easily to other areas hence require oral course. I suggest you to visit a RN or any clinic for a prescription of the same. Hot compresses are ok but not the complete treatment choice. Let me know if you have other queries.