Patient Comments: Boils - Experience


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Comment from: Dan , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 24

We as Meniere's folks are asked questions like, ‘Why are you not working? Why have you put on the weight? Why are you so depressed?’ Do any of these sound familiar! When someone airs doubts about my invisible disability, the subject of Meniere’s disease is bound to surface. I have had it for 34 years. Try asking your ENT for Ativan; it helps with the stress. Good luck to all!

Comment from: Ray, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I was getting boils every month for quite a few years and tried everything to get rid of them. While on holiday I visited a new doctor who prescribed minocycline. I started using this daily at first then reduced to one tablet a week, then once a month. Eventually I stopped taking it and my boils stopped. Now if I start to get a boil, which is very infrequently, I only need to take minocycline for a short course and the boil disappears.

Comment from: Frankie, 35-44 (Patient) Published: September 26

I get boils all the time, they never go away. I get them under my arms, I get them under my breast line, sometimes I get them on my thighs, and sometimes I get them on my stomach. I went to doctor after doctor, they prescribed me antibiotics and ointment and sent me home, and it never works. I've even been on vancomycin through the IV. I'm tired of dealing with these and they make me very tired all the time and it is because my white blood count is really low.

Comment from: Trooper, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 06

Every year I get a boil under my right breast. I go to the doctor, I feel they give me a funny look, and they prescribe an oral antibiotic. They tell me to buy gauze and buy an antibiotic ointment. I am hoping I can treat it with ointment and gauze and it will drain on its own. The only way it heals is by draining. Last year it got very big and the doctor drained it.

Comment from: RedCheckGingam, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I got my first boil at age 18. I am now 40 and up till 3 years ago I got them all the time. One of the best things is garlic taken internally every day; the real thing and not the soft gels, works the best. Second, a bath /soak in Epsom salt, as much as you can, or make a paste; but the soak works best. Third, after the soak Prid salve, or even baking soda, need something that draws, and a Band-Aid if in a location that you can, otherwise skip this step. If it is in the groin area it can be hard to do this. I can’t stress enough that garlic works, try it!

Comment from: Zinhle Portia, 35-44 Female (Caregiver) Published: October 16

I have a big problem, my husband has been suffering with boils for quite a longtime now, each and every month he has to suffer from boils. We went to the clinic and doctors for help but no change at all. He is felling too much pain and he is even failing to work. Once his job is finished my kids will suffer because he is the breadwinner, I really need help.

Comment from: Scared, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

My boil has got kind of big and really sore. I usually just pop it and it heals but this one I can’t seem to pop.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I'll share with you my experience. I suffered with boils all over my body in 2013 for over six months, treated with strong antibiotics each month. I went to a dentist and asked for an x-ray. It showed infection in my tooth (with crown on it). After the extraction of the tooth all the boils have gone and my very painful and long experience with boils have finished.

Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 26

I have gotten two boils in the last month. I can tell you what has worked for me. At the first sign of a boil I mix water and baking soda to form a paste and apply it to the boil. It helps draw the infection out and reduces the pain. I have avoided the doctor on both occasions.

Comment from: CLO, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I have had boils everywhere, including my breasts, armpits, and all over the groin area including my buttocks. I hate it so much, so much pain. I have been on many antibiotics, vitamin C, and probiotics. This has been happening to me since I was 16 and I am now 42. No doctor can tell me why it happens to me. I am not a diabetic and not a smoker. I am just a bit overweight. No answers for me yet.


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Comment from: Mary, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 21

I had one huge boil on my right buttock at 18, after being on a very strict low calorie diet. It was very painful, and eventually burst while on the toilet. The blood and pus was unbelievable, it left a gaping hole, and I still have a scar. Now, at 47, I’ve been on strict diet for 7 weeks. I am developing a sizeable boil again on right buttock, and three smaller ones on the left. I wonder if there is a specific nutritional deficiency that I can rectify.

Comment from: Angel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 13

Every spring I get a boil in my left inner thigh where the elastic on my underwear rubs. Maybe I am sitting more than usual, have been to two doctors and they give me a crème antibiotic. It was about gone a month ago until a short stay in hospital when I let the boil go without crème. I put paper towels on my recliner but I need to find something I can sit on that does not aggravate the boil. I do not wear underpants anymore except for granny pants. I am a caretaker and this is something that needs to get resolved. I am on blood thinner.

Comment from: Lolita, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 31

I started getting boils when I turned 13. I was told it was a virus and they eventually went away until I got older. Now that I'm in my late 30s they appear now every time my cycle is about to start. It may be something to do with the hormones being produced more, causing the problem. But I've learned that using acne medicine will help reduce them and eventually bring them to a head and they burst and I use Neosporin after they have drained.

Comment from: Mumajuma, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 07

I have had boils my whole life. I get them under my arm, in the groin and on my butt. I have been diagnosed with a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa. Hope this helps some of you. Unfortunately there has been no cure for me.

Comment from: gloryb, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I just developed a boil in the crease of my vagina, next to my thigh. At first I didn’t know what it was, till I went to doctor. She lanced it, nothing much came out. It was about the size of a 50 cent piece and very painful! I have had this for 6 days now and it’s not drained much. She put me on doxycycline antibiotic and I have used heating pad and sitz bath, not much help. I used toothpaste, fatback; nothing seems to work. It is still hard and painful. I also had aches and chills and stayed out of work 4 days. I have never had anything like this in my 62 years! I can’t miss any more work! I started taking vitamin C, read somewhere that would build up immune system.

Comment from: OG., 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 01

I started having boils about 2 years ago. Before then I used 2 have it sparsely. But since 2 years ago, I have had series of boils on my buttocks and thighs. I've gone to the hospital to see the doctor and I was put on antibiotic and pain reliever. I had some break this year and have been happy to see only 4 new boils show under my armpit and leg this time around. They are so painful and healing slowly. I've started using the antibiotic again. It's such an ugly experience.

Comment from: Pplskunk, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 22

I am 44 and I just got 3 abscesses in a row! I don't remember the first antibiotic but it worked and it mostly went away. The second time I had to have it opened up and they gave me Bactrim. Well, about 8 days into taking the antibiotic I had an allergic reaction to the Bactrim. My temperature had gotten back to normal and then I woke up with a temperature of 103.6 and hives all over my body. It took 4 days for that to go away. And now here I am 28 days later back on antibiotics (clindamycin) with another boil just as painful as the first 3 months ago.

Comment from: Tina Allen, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

Why are boils so painful! I got mine a couple of days ago and I have tried everything from peroxide, warm water, etc. It hurts every time I walk or when I lie down on bed.

Comment from: Genny , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

I keep having boils at the same spot in my vagina. I don’t know what to do and what could be the cause.

Comment from: hazel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 22

I’m so tired of having to deal with boils. I would normally get two very painful boils in my armpits. Every year I get two boils, on each armpit. I went for medical treatment, I got treated with antibiotics but after about 6/8 months I got another round of two boils under arm. I’m so tired. They are hard and extremely painful. Mine are never numb nor produce pus. They then disappear after two weeks. I don't really know what causes this. I have changed my deodorants am now using Mitchum. Last week I woke up with another boil. I haven't been to the doctor as yet. I’m really in trouble. What is worse is that I am in perfect health, I exercise and eat healthy. My hygiene standards are good. Wonder what might be the cause of this. It feels like am about to get another one at the back of my neck just between my ear and my hair line. I’m a female in trouble.


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Comment from: Lav, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

I get boils after eating cheeses, yogurt or drinking milk. I can tell when it is getting ready to appear, I get very warm in my private area and then in a few days a boil appears. If I don't eat these items I have no boils.

Comment from: Love2Shop, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

I just recently developed a boil on my bikini area, it is the size of a golf ball. It is very difficult to sit and walk. I've tried all of the home remedies, the hot packs, topical ointment, everything and this boil seems to be getting bigger. Off to the doctor I go.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I have a boil that formed under my breast after a trip out of state. The trip was hot and I sweated for the first time. I went to my physician and was given an ointment and now the boil has formed in another location.

Comment from: tdstover, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 07

I get a lot of them down by my swim suit area. I can hardly shave down there that much because they get worse. It’s embarrassing and they hurt so bad as they rub when I wear my pants. I even get them behind my ears and they stink and smell bad.

Comment from: just tired, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I just got 4 more boils, 2 on each side of my thighs and one on the back of my leg. I have one on my side, buttocks, and chest. That makes 7. They blow up so quickly. I can't walk correctly because of the two boils on each side of my thighs. It the second time I have gotten boils. The first time I didn't have as many. They are my worst nightmare.

Comment from: kutemwa, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: March 17

My boil is located under the armpit.

Comment from: granny14, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I have a hole left from bursting a boil, it feels like something is crawling around in the hole.

Comment from: catlover81, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 17

I had boils in my bikini area and they went away for a while. Now I have one on my inner thigh. It's been months since I've had one. I'm not sure how to get rid of it.

Comment from: Petunia, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 12

I get boils that occur a few days after having shaved, and I'm pretty sure it is caused by ingrown hairs and subsequent infection. I find it happens less if I am careful to use a fresh, sharp razor that hasn't been used before. It also helps to use antibacterial soap on the area for a few days after shaving.

Comment from: LOLLY, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 25

A few weeks ago I shaved my private parts. Afterwards, I had a pimple. Now it’s as hard as a golf ball. I’m not sure what it is. I’m too scared to even go to a doctor because my mother died of cervical cancer.

Comment from: nyzki, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 16

I have been getting painful boils for about three years now. They usually start out small, but the biggest one that I am dealing with now is about the size of a dime. The last one had to be lanced at my doctor’s office. I went to see him today to talk about the recurrence of them. My doctor told me that staph is what causes them. But he also said that they are actually MRSA. He told me the only way to treat them is with antibiotics. I was prescribed doxycycline twice a day to treat the infection. If this does not work, I may have to be treated by an IV antibiotic. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Comment from: rataurus, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 01

A few years back I developed boils under my arms. At the time I didn't know what it was and kept trying to press them, but it was extremely painful. It got to the point where I couldn't lift my arms and if I did it was just as painful to bring them down. It's been a while since I had any, but lately I've had smaller boils that were nothing like the first ones.


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