for almost a year now, i had recurring pus filled boils in the underside of my thighs and on the bum as well. then i started having them on my face, especially the chin..it hurts a lot..when i saw a doctor he said it could be diabetes, but i didnt believe him since i am only 18, now another doctor says it could be a blood infection and advised me to take the CBC and ESR tests…what do u reckon it is?
Boils and carbuncles are firm reddish swellings about 5-10 mm across that are slightly raised above the skin surface. they are sore to the touch. a boil usually has a visible central core of pus; a carbuncle is larger and has several visible heads. Boils occur most commonly on the face, back of the neck, buttocks, upper legs and groin area, armpits, and upper torso.
Furunculosis is a word that is sometimes used to refer to recurrent boils. Repeated episodes of furunculosis that are difficult to treat because your nasal passages carry colonies of Staphylococcus aureus. these bacterial colonies make it easy for your skin to be reinfected.
If your boils bursts, apply an antibiotic ointment (like Bacitracin or Neosporin) or use Betadine to reduce the chance of infection. Keep the skin around it clean, and wash the hands carefully after touching the area.
Practicing good hygiene habits minimizes the frequency of recurring boils and prevents the spread of infection. this includes not picking at boils, using clean towels after each bath or shower, and cleaning the skin with an antiseptic soap like Betadine.
These skin infections sometimes indicate diabetes especially for persons on insulin injections. In your case it seems to be an infection but if you are having blood tests done on this infection you should check your blood glucose levels to be on the safe side at the same time.
Hope this helps.
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