Are Boils Dangerous?

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Yes, Boils Can Be Dangerous To Your Health…but…

Let me confuse you right off the bat. Yes they are dangerous, and no they are not a big deal.

Boils can be dangerous typically due to the staph bacteria that causes boils. And this bacteria can be spread to objects and other people through physical contact.

However, even if you come into contact with staph bacteria if you shower well and use anti-bacterial soap your chances of infection or outbreak are quite slim. If you have perhaps come into contact with staph bacteria and you are overly worried about it, you can take a anti-septic bath by pouring a little bit of (Dettol) into your bath water. You can buy this at CVS or any drug store as a liquid anti-septic.

If you have contracted a boil, do not be alarmed, all you have to do is keep the area clean, bandage the area if it is not too sensitive. You can put hot heat compresses over the boil area to speed healing and draw out the boil. Medication, also found on this website is a great way to treat and heal from a boil outbreak. Take a look at the videos page for more information, and read our other posts.

Complications can arise when one suffers a boil outbreak, if a boil forms under the armpit it is very difficult to keep this area bacteria free and boils can form under the skin. Which typically have to be surgically relieve by a doctor. If you have a boil outbreak near the vagina area please go to the emergency room immediately. Reason being, is the vaginal opening can spread this bacteria to internal parts of the body which can make the condition far more serious. Other complications include abnormal size of a boil can grow to the size of an small golf ball, which have to be relieved by a doctor surgically before they can recede an heal.

If that’s scaring you please take that with a grain of salt. Those are special cases. Most boils can be treated at home, as they mature, rupture, & heal on there own. With proper treatment most boils can be healed in as little as two weeks time.

If your family has suffered multiple boil outbreaks someone in the family, or a friend or neighbor, may have contracted a staph bacteria. These carriers of staph bacteria may not even know they have it and can show no symptoms but can still pass on the staph bacteria to others. You can go to a doctor who can provide a staph bacteria test to see if anyone is a carrier. Most often, staph bacteria grows in the nasal cavity. And special drops and medication can be used to eliminate this problem.

So are boils dangerous?

Sometimes, but as with anything….with a careful and concerned approach they can be very manageable, curable, and easy to deal. With a simple heat pack, applying some soap and water, take some special medications, and bandaging these outbreaks makes this a very safe healing process. If you have any major concerns, please consult your doctor.

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