I have a boil on my back, how do i treat it before it gets too bad? i had one once before and i let it go for too long, it spread and i had to get it lanced, i dont want to go through that again. i want to get rid of this one before it gets any worse.
You need to treat it with wet hot packs. Use water as warm as you can, changing it as often as need to keep it hot, and do this for 20min., several times a day. (I hope you have someone to do this for you.)
Go to the doctors, it is an infection.
I am sorry to say that I believe that you may have a condition called Hidradenitis Supprativa. I went thru the SAME thing, reading your question like it could have came from me word for word. It is re-occurring boils/ cysts/abscesses that are often misdiagnosed as ingrown hairs, herpes, being unclean or over weight and folliculitis and STAPH. They can be big or small and under the skin or on top of the skin.this is a newly diagnosed skin condition , but there is a lot of info out there if you are looking. If the doc tries to give u muporcin or bactroban to put in your nose… dont its for staph and did nothing for the boils. I have been using clyndamicin , but I want to warn you that with HS your immune system will learn an antibiotic and eventually it will not work anymore.. just like… deoderant. Ask for something called HYPERCARE. It is a clear Dab on thing, it reminds me of a small bingo dobber. It has helped me with the sweating issue.. so I dont have to put on deoderant. Actually the aresol is WORSE becuase it has way more chemical that BURN the sores. THe biggest thing that helps me deal with it is SHOWERING..alot. ANY sweat will AGRAVATE IT SEVERLY!!! email me if you want , I know i felt really lost an finding out at least what I had an that it is not a STD just turned on a big light in a dark *** tunnel that i was wandering in.
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Here is a link :
en .wikipedia.org/ wiki /Hidradenitis_suppurativa
or the HS_USA page is ..
If this sounds like it might be you, READ it, PRINT it out, and TAKE it to your DOC.
It’s better to try to start treatment soon, it can spread over the body if left untreated. these boils can become quite large and painful. Sometimes even lasting for weeks or months , do not attempt to POP them they can then tunnel under your skin and spread all over the body. Most common areas are armpits, groin, bikini line, inner legs, and intimate places and basically anywhere that sweats and rubs against clothing. Stress is a big inducer.
There is a support group at MSN :
Here is a few links that I thought it were interesting :
I am open for questions!
I have had this for 8 years, I was misdiagnosed for a LONG time, and it was very embarrassing, painful and scary. I am just trying to help out so you don’t have to wait as long as I did.
Currently I have 5, 2 next to each other on my right inner groin. 2 in my upper HAIR area, and 1 med sized on my **** on the panty line, and they do come every week or so. I find that certain foods, not having a regular showering regimen, wearing clothing that irritates the area.. and STRESS usually is a precursor to getting one.
For women , YES thongs and TIGHT jeans will definately irratate the area… when I have some I can only wear slacks or strechy pants…. and men when u have lots of layers and sweat or continue wearking work clothes after work……ughhhhhhhhhhh!!
I also prefer to use NEXCARE bandages to cover the ones not in hair. there are 2 kinds I like for comfort and stay put reasons.. the first is like a clear band aid…. soft on the edges with a small area of bandage… helps with those buggers when they are on bikini line.. usually stay for me.. Or occasionally on my inner thigh for those I like the foamy sponge like ones that are beige in color.. I think they are 3M.