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Suggest treatment for boil in underarm

Hello, I recently came back from vacation, and while I was abroad I first got a stye under my eye, a fee days after while the stye was still there, I got a huge boil in my underarms. It was very big to the extent that I couldn t keep my arms down during it s peak.i went to the doctor and she gave me antibiotics & pain killers. It lasted for 3-4 days then the boil popped and stuff came out of it, and I was fine. A few days ago (1 week after the big boil dissapeared), I got two new ones in the same area, next to the old one. I don t know what should I do, should I take antibiotics again? And why is this problem reoccurring? Thanks.
Tue, 31 May 2016
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The most probable diagnosis of the condition based on the description of the lesions is furunculosis which is an infection of the hair follicle.It can be treated with topical antibacterial creams like mupirocin along with oral antibiotics like doxycycline. The other possibility is hidradenitis suppuritiva which is an infection of the apocrine glands. Discuss the above mentioned therapy with your dermatologist.Regards.
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Suggest treatment for boil in underarm

The most probable diagnosis of the condition based on the description of the lesions is furunculosis which is an infection of the hair follicle.It can be treated with topical antibacterial creams like mupirocin along with oral antibiotics like doxycycline. The other possibility is hidradenitis suppuritiva which is an infection of the apocrine glands. Discuss the above mentioned therapy with your dermatologist.Regards.