my sister has a chronic, debilating condition. She has reoccrring boils. It does seems to run in her family. But it is very debilitating and painful. She had two in the groin area. She had to have surgery but the doctor never said what it was. Three weeks later more reoccur on her buttocks. She feels very depressed and run down and sometimes even feverish. Can you help?
A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin.Most boils are caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus.
If you frequently get boils, your doctor may want to do a blood test to see if you have diabetes.
Warm compresses on the boils can reduce the pain and hasten the expulsion of pus.
Hidradenitis suppurativa or HS is a skin disease that affects areas bearing apocrine sweat glands and hair follicles.
THe treatment for both would be Incision and drainage followed by a course of anti-biotics.
I have HS. There is no cure, but some seem for their blemishes to go away or stay dormant with what they eat. About 2-3 months ago I became vegetarian. My HS has been silent. I haven't had any flare ups and it is wonderful. I am currently using vitamin E oil to help with scars.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.