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Question: Open sore from a boil

 Whitecoatsyndrome - Sat Dec 30, 2006 9:54 am

I get boils under my arms quite often, recently i had one drain now 3 months later its still draining on a daily basis. Very red around the area and tender to the touch. I clean it and put peroxide on it a couple of times a day. I've also put antibacterial ointment on and bandage it overnight. Is there anything else i can do to help this heal.
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Sat Dec 30, 2006 12:08 pm

User avatar Hello,

Usually small boils, especially those around hairs, drain with soaking and recovery is fast.
On the other hand, larger boils, require to be drained by a health care practitioner. Since Frequently, they may contain several smaller pockets of pus that need to be opened and drained.

Antibiotics (oral), may be needed and prescribed only by physicians after clinical examination according to the extent of infection and inflammation.

Direct clinical examination is essential for proper treatment
Keep us updated.
Best regards.

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