Getting Help for a Painful Boil

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Boils can be extremely painful. If over-the-counter treatments are healing the boil, then it can be useful to visit your primary care physician for some extra treatment. Here are some ways that doctors can help to treat your boil. Lancing the boil Boils are formed when a combination of dirt, oil, and/or bacteria create a plug at the surface of the skin stopping the normal drainage of oils. This leads to a build of oil, blood and infected material under the skin, which can be tender and uncomfortable.

14 October 2016