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Cystic boil in armpit. Red, swollen and tender. What can I do?

I have what appears to be a large cystic boil in my left armpit. It has been terribly painful. So, I used a hot compress, Epsom salt bath, and tried popping them (after initially piercing the heads with a pin. Also, there was a lot of swelling . I massage it, trying to push the swelling down. That was two days ago. Now yesterday, the armpit area was much less painful, but below the armpit is noticeably red , swollen and very tender. In addition, my entire left torso has become red. As if ,I pushed the infection down. Now today my torso is still red and very sore only on my left side and my stomach area seems bloated only on my left side and is now affected my penis area. There is severe swelling, pain and redness. It looks though i have a vd. What can I do to fix this problem?
Asked On : Mon, 25 Jun 2012
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Thanks for your query

Seems like you have developed folliculitis in the armpit.

Now firstly I would advise you to keep the area clean and dry as much as possible.
Do not apply any kind of moisturizing creams/lotions or oil over the affected area.
Wear cotton garments so as to decrease the amount of sweating.
Clean the area with lukewarm water twice a day and apply an antibiotic cream like mupirocin gel over the area twice daily.

If inspite of the above measures, the lesion persists or continues to increase in size, then you might need a course of oral antibiotics along with pain killers.

In that case, I would advise you to visit a dermatologist for proper assessment and treatment.

Hope it helps
Best wishes for a speedy recovery
Dr Geetika Paul
MD (Dermatology)
Answered: Fri, 22 Nov 2013
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