This question was answered on Tue 12, Oct 2010 10:41pm by Dr.Kokil Mathur

i keep getting a boil in the same place under my armpit . any ideas ?

    
Asked by ian 1005 040; healthy; Relevant drugs:none ) on Mon 11, Oct 2010 02:27pm

i keep getting a boil in the same place under my armpit . it comes and goes maybe up to five or six times a year . its dark red in colour

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Answer by Dr.Kokil Mathur  on Tue 12, Oct 2010 10:41pm:

Hi! Recurrent boils are seen in a skin disease called Hidradenitis suppurativa, which presents as recurrent boil-like pus-like discharge abscesses resulting in difficult-to-heal open wounds and scarring. It can also be due to staphylococcal skin infections. A culture sensitivity of the pus can tell which antibiotic will best help eradicate the infection. If your blood sugar is high as in diabetes, then too you can get recurrent boils. You can treat this by applying a warm cloth to the area. This encourages the pus to come to the surface, make a mouth and drain. Once the boil has drained, the area should be washed with antibacterial soap and an antibacterial cream applied and kept dry, bandaged and sterile. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Do consult your doctor preferably a skin specialist. Take care!
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