Say Bye-bye to Boils!

Close up of skin with inflamed boil.Typically found in a hair follicle or a gland that has become infected with bacteria, Boils are often unsightly inconveniences that just plain get in the way. Aside from their nasty appearance, boils indicate a skin infection.

In most cases, boils will be noticed as inflamed or agitated skin that will later develop into a lump under the skin filled with pus. It is common to find boils in the following areas:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Arms & Armpits
  • Buttocks
  • Vaginal Area

Under certain circumstances, you may hear a boil being referred to as a sty or carbuncle. A sty is when a boil is found on the eyelid, where as a carbuncle is when several boils emerge in a group – typically indicating a more serious infection.

Home Remedies or Call a Dermatologist?

If left alone, a boil oftentimes will resolve on its own. We advise against squeezing and/or lancing a boil or carbuncle yourself to release the pus and fluid. This can cause the infection to spread to other parts of your skin.

Home remedies for boils include:

  • Warm compresses several times a day to speed healing and relieve pain/pressure
  • Make sure to use a clean compress every time
  • See a dermatologist if the boil is persistent, is accompanied with a fever, or is located on the spine or face.

Cibolo Creek Dermatology Group of Boerne can assist with the treatment of boils. Board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Monica McCrary can explain all available treatment options and offer professional advice for dealing with boils, carbuncles, and sties, including prevention tips.

Call us today at (830) 971-5256 or request an appointment online.