A boil is a pus filled infection of the skin. It usually starts as an infection in a hair follicle and spreads in the surrounding area.
• Usually caused by Staphylococcus bacteria through direct skin contact with infected persons or surfaces.
• Bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus are the usual cause.
• More common in kids with diabetes, malnutrition, or other reason to have their immune system not working at full strength.
• Begins with swelling or redness of the skin.
• The center of the infection liquefies as pus collects.
• Boils are 1-5 cm in size, and are painful. Prevention
• Wash hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.
• Take a bath at least once a day.
• Do not touch the boil with dirty or bare hands
• Never squeeze a boil, as this could well spread the infection.
• Apply warm compress to relieve pain.
• Cover the boil temporarily if it is in danger of getting dirty.
• Some boils may need to be opened and drained and may need antibiotics.
• Consult a physician if the boil does not drain itself.