What Are Skin Boils?

Q:
What are skin boils?

A:
When bacteria infect and inflame one or more of your hair follicles, skin boils will appear and usually start as red, tender lumps. They will become painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin after some time. The lumps quickly fill with pus, growing larger and more painful until they rupture and drain. Here are some symptoms of skin boils:

  • A painful, red bump that starts out about the size of a pea
  • Red, swollen skin around the bump
  • An increase in the size of the bump over a few days as it fills with pus (can sometimes reach the size of a baseball)
  • Development of a yellow-white tip that eventually ruptures and allows the pus to drain out

You can usually care for a single boil at home. But don’t attempt to prick or squeeze it — that may spread the infection. Go to doctors for profession advices when it’s necessary!

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