You have a heart
, any problem with your immune system, or are taking
medications that suppress the
(for example, corticosteroids or chemotherapy for cancer
and you develop a boil.
Boils usually do not need immediate emergency attention. If you are in poor
health and you develop high fever and chills along with the infection, a trip to
a hospital's emergency department is needed.
Apply warm compresses, and soak the boil in warm water. This will decrease the
pain and help draw the pus to the surface. Once the boil comes to a head, it
will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within five to seven days
of its appearance. You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm
water and squeezing out the excess moisture.
When the boil starts draining, wash it with an antibacterial soap until all the
pus is gone. Apply a medicated ointment and a bandage. Continue to wash the
infected area two to three times a day and to use warm compresses until the
Do not pop the boil with a needle. This usually results in making the infection
Whether the boil is drained at home or is lanced by a doctor, you will need to
clean the infected area two to three times a day until the wound is healed.
Apply an antibiotic ointment after washing and cover with a bandage. If the area
turns red or looks as if it is getting infected again, contact your doctor.
Help prevent boils by following these guidelines:
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