Know the Right Boil Treatment

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Know the Right Boil Treatment
Know the Right Boil Treatment

A boil, also known as a furuncle, is a lump on the skin that is filled with pus and is painful. Treatment for boils can generally be done independently at home, but there are also some boils that need to be treated by a doctor

In most cases, boils form due to a bacterial infection at the site of hair growth (hair follicles). Boils can form almost anywhere on the body, including the face, back of the neck, armpits, thighs and buttocks.

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Boils can also appear in large numbers and then form a connected infection area under the skin. This condition is called a coir ulcer or carbuncle. If left untreated, boils or carbuncles can lead to serious complications, such as brain abscess and sepsis.

Treatment of boils according to the severity. The treatment can be in the form of self-care at home, the use of oral antibiotics, or surgery

Boils treated with Self Treatment

Boils that are small, only one in number, and are not accompanied by other diseases can generally be treated only with self-care at home. The following are some self-care that can be done to treat boils:

warm compress

Give a warm compress on the boil or soak the boil in warm water with a temperature of about 38–40 degrees Celsius for 15-20 minutes. This will reduce the pain and speed up the outbreak of the boil.

Clean the boil with antibacterial soap

After the boil bursts and begins to dry, clean the boil with antibacterial soap until all the pus is gone, then clean it again with a cloth or cotton swab dipped in alcohol. Next, apply an antibiotic ointment (topical antibiotic) and cover the wound with a bandage.

Topical antibiotics that can be given include fusidic acid, clindamycin, and mupirocin. Apply the antibiotic to the ulcer wound 2-3 times a day, and make sure the wound is cleaned before each time you want to give medicine.

Avoid breaking boils

Do not break boils intentionally with needles or any object. This is because this action can actually worsen the infection, and can even cause the infection to spread to other parts of the body.

Ulcers that are treated with oral antibiotics

Doctors can prescribe oral antibiotics to treat boils accompanied by fever, swollen lymph nodes, and skin infections (cellulitis).

The usual oral antibiotic given is penicillin. This drug is generally taken 2 times a day for several weeks.

If oral antibiotics are not effective, the doctor will carry out further examinations to detect the type of bacteria causing the infection and determine the appropriate treatment method to deal with it.

Boils that need surgery

Immediately see a doctor if the boils you have cause severe pain, are more than one in number, or are large and do not burst. In this case, the treatment of boils may need to be treated with antibiotics and surgery.

In treating boils with surgery, the doctor will make an incision in the boil and create a channel to drain the pus (drainage). For infections that are deep and cannot be completely cleared during surgery, the doctor will place sterile gauze on the boil to absorb and drain the remaining pus.

If the ulcer is painful after surgery, bleeds, or shows signs of infection, please consult a doctor immediately so that treatment can be given as soon as possible.

Written by:

dr. Sonny Seputra, M.Ked.Klin, Sp.B, FINACS(Surgeon Specialist)

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