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Getting boils on the knee. Normal blood test report. Why are they recurring despite antibiotics?

Hi I keep getting boils on my knee . And now 1 on my calf . They start out as a white head then if they get disturbed they turn into a boil. I m 28 and have never had this problem before until 6 weeks ago and since then I ve had 5! My doctor tested my blood sugar and it was normal. Antibiotics get rid of the problem but they re occur??
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Hello Fugino72, from the history that you have given it appears like you are having recurrent furuncles. You have not mentioned how many times you were treated with antibiotics and whether you completed full course. Diabetics tend to get this problem more often, that is why your doctor checked your sugars. It can occur in non diabetics too. You need to complete a full course of antibiotics which cover for staphylococcus aureus as this is the most common bacteria implicated. Even after that if it recurs i will suggest you do a pus culture and sensitivity test which will accurately identify the bacteria and also the antibiotic which works the best. Some of these bacteria can have a chronic carrier state at certain sites and a dermatologist will be able to help you in treating carrier state. Hope this helped. Take care.
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