Boil! Boil! Boil! Who has had a boil?

A friend was walking recently in a funny way and I was forced to ask what the problem was. I almost burst into laughter though it was not funny. He had a boil in between his buttocks and has done nothing to treat it. A boil is a red, painful lump on the skin that develops at the site of an infected hair follicle(a small hole in the skin from which hair grows). Boils can develop anywhere on the body but occur mostly on parts of the skin where there is hair, sweat and friction like in between the buttocks, thighs and genitals.

A boil is caused by the entrance of a type of bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus. It lives on the skin without causing any harm. It causes infection when it gets the opportunity to get inside the skin via a bruise or cut. After successful entry, it multiplies and pus is formed, causing the boil to increase in size. This results in more pain and discomfort.  A boil can also occur as a collection of several boils and is called a carbuncle. It is more painful than a singular boil and may sometimes cause you to develop a fever. Some people pop boils in order to drain it. This is totally wrong as it could lead to further infection. To treat a boil, one could apply sheabuuter or pat with a warm cloth as soon as the boil is noticed. Normally this should heal it within a couple of days. In a case where it doesn’t heal, a doctor should be consulted who could drain it or administer appropriate antibiotics.

Have you had a boil? What part of your body did you have it and how embarrassing was it? Please share your thoughts.



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