Dermatologic Center for Excellence
9276 Main Street, Ste 1A / Clarence, NY 14031
Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 4:30 pm

What Is a Boil?

A boil is a red, tender, bump-like pimple on the skin's surface. It usually appears in areas with friction or sweat, such as the armpits and shoulders. The best way to treat boils in Buffalo, NY, or Clarence, NY, is to visit the Dermatologic Center for Excellence to allow Dr. Anthony Dee to identify and help you avoid serious problems.

Symptoms

A boil is a medical condition that is common among many people. They are caused by bacteria that are present in the body. When these bacteria grow, they produce an acidic liquid. This can cause a range of symptoms, which include pain and nausea. 

It is important not to pop or pierce the spot. Popping it can make it worse and spread the infection. They can be a sign of an infection and should be treated by your health care professional. If a boil is not treated, it can spread and enlarge to become a large abscess. However, your healthcare provider can use a sterile scalpel or needle to drain the pus. 

Causes

Pimples are a common skin infection, usually caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus. They can be painful, but they rarely cause serious health issues. Keeping them clean and avoiding contact with others can help them heal. Depending on the severity of the infection, the boil may be drainable or require a visit to the doctor. Abscesses can occur anywhere on the body. However, the most common areas are the face, armpits, and thighs. 

Treatments

You can use a warm moist compress to help ease the pain. Also, make sure you change your dressing frequently. Finally, do not reuse washcloths and other items, especially those that have come into contact with the affected area.

You can also consult Dr. Dee to diagnose the source of your boils and then determine if it needs to be drained. This can be done by using a sterile scalpel or needle.

Prevention

The best way to prevent abscesses is to keep your skin healthy and clean. There are many ways to do this. But first, it's essential to wash your hands regularly. Another way to keep your body healthy is to eat a nutritious diet. For instance, eating fruits and vegetables and foods with zinc can boost your immunity. 

For more severe cases, your doctor may recommend antibiotics or intravenous medication. Likewise, seek treatment if you experience fever, chills, or other symptoms of an infection. Severe infections may be fatal, so it's essential to get medical attention.

Contact the Dermatologic Center for Excellence at (716) 759-7759 to get the best treatment for boils in Buffalo, NY, or Clarence, NY, from board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dee.

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