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Coping With Boils

by Claire Ward

When it comes to your skin, you want what is absolutely best for it. It is easy to say that you will take care of your skin and seek preventative treatment from acne, but what about other phenomena that can greatly affect the aesthetic state of your body? There are plenty of other dermatological woes besides acne to worry about. One of those things is boils.

Boils can be just as garish and unsightly as acne, but many people do not know hot to distinguish between the two and many do not know how to cope with boils once they receive them. Throughout the course of this article, you'll learn what exactly boils are, where and why they occur and treatments and prevention.

What Are Boils?

Essentially, boils are red, pus-filled lumps that form on the top layer of the skin right above hair follicles. They are often times called furuncles. Boils have a tendency to form together in clumps, creating a cluster of boils that are many times referred to as carbuncles. Boils tend to start off small, but grow larger and larger when they are left untreated and tend to burst on their own without any provocation on your behalf. Boils, at least in their initial state, tend to be confused with acne. Acne is an entirely different dermatological phenomenon that is dealt with differently.

Where & Why Do They Occur?

Boils have the potential to grow anywhere hair grows on the body, although there are several "hot spots" which boils tend to favor over other portions of the body. The face, armpit, buttocks, neck and shoulders are all considered prime real estate by boils and tend to form there rather than other portions of the body.

A boil on the buttocks is generally considered quite painful since there is almost no way to avoid pressure on that area of the body. Boils also can grow on the eyelid and they are quite difficult to get rid of it on this area of the body; they are referred to as stye when they appear on this portion of the body.

Boils are generally caused by bacteria, such as staphylococcus aureus, that enter the skin through openings such as scars or even the hair follicles themselves. They then crystallize or form in the area just above where hair follicles appear on the body. There are also several health conditions which make boils and styes that much more prevalent and commonplace, such as diabetes, immune issues, poor hygiene, poor nutrition and exposure to toxic or harsh chemicals over an extended period of time.

How Are They Remedied and Prevented?

There are numerous ways that you can treat boils even at an at home setting. If you take a washcloth dipped into warm water, form a compress and place it against the boil, this will cause the boil to bring itself to a head and pop of its own accord. Once the boil has drained, take an anti-bacterial soap and scrub the area deeply to make sure that it is adequately clean. Make sure that you wash it upwards of 2 to 3 times a day.

If you have attempted at-home treatment and your boil has not popped and drained on its own, you will need to see a skin care specialist. The dermatologist will lance the boil, empty it, and then pack it in order to prevent further infection.

Preventing boils can be quite simple. It is highly recommended that you simply practice good hygiene habits and make sure both your clothes and linen are frequently clean, as unclean clothes and linen can carry the germs that can infect you and cause boils. Make sure that you don't pick at your skin and that you wash well before shaving, as bacteria can enter through any knick in your skin that you might get when shaving.

Boils can be a difficult dermatological issue to deal with, but these helpful hints should keep you from receiving scars and, in general, having a difficult time with boils.


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A few years ago, my father visited a dermatologist for the first time in his life. During this visit, he was diagnosed with several skin cancers. Thankfully, my dad’s dermatologist expertly removed these cancerous spots. If you’ve haven’t visited a dermatologist before, consider doing so sooner rather than later. Many forms of skin cancer are completely treatable if they’re detected early. Besides seeing a dermatologist, you should inspect your skin for any changes regularly. This is especially important if you have numerous moles on your body. On this blog, I hope you will discover ingenious tips to help you protect your health. Enjoy!

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