Patient Comments: Boils - Complications

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Has a boil ever become infected? If so, what was the outcome? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: ayeinfidel, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 05

I was cutting a branch off a tree. The limb was starting to give, I heard it starting to crack, I knew the branch was ready to snap, so I tied a rope around the limb and got off the ladder. I tugged at the branch just a little bit and the branch threw me back hard, and it was very heavy. I landed on my elbow, and I was in pain at the shoulder. I immediately went to take a hot shower to see if that would help reduce the pain. I got it x-rayed and sure enough, I do have an out of socket rotator cuff injury. I have limited movement of my shoulder, but I can move it if I try. I ignore the pain. I take two NSAIDs in the morning, no other pain killers. I won't chance any surgery. I can no longer do bench presses though!

Comment from: nanad, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

My body is wet with sweating. I have to wipe with a towel, my back and face, in the day time as well as at night time. I stopped having hot flashes a year ago, but now get these night sweats.

Comment from: Virginia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 24

My surgeon removed a cancerous lipoma and it got infected by him not giving wound care. It then turned into a hematoma inside my leg which created a hole inside my leg 3 inches deep, and then it grew on the outside of me leg. It was the size of a 6 inch Subway. I couldn't walk, sit, nothing! I begged him to do something, he wouldn't, and I went into acute sepsis. I was found lying on the concrete and rushed to the hospital where I almost died because the infection had traveled to my heart. They were squeezing IV bags to get my blood pressure up, it was 60/20 and heart rate was 30. I had 4 different antibiotics going at all times. They got me stable and then did emergency surgery. But now I have a huge hole on the back of my leg and it won't heal. So on November 13, 2015 I had surgery to take out dead skin and that made the hole bigger. It goes from one edge of my leg to the other side 3 inch deep, 3 inch wide and 12 cm long. I have lost more than 50 lb. I am very sick and have cancer. The pain is beyond horrible. I have many dressings a day. They said I could die and or lose my leg because of what this surgeon did. The wound center wants me to wear the wound VAC but I can't tolerate the pain now if they put on the vacuum pressure. And suction is going to kill me. I can't walk, I am in wheel chair. During this last surgery the found a boil and lanced it and a tumor was inside too, that is packed with gauze. I just don't know what to do, I get home care now because of the risk of infection in a hospital. The surgeons told me to get my affairs in order. I am dying because a doctor was not doing his job and now I get infections all the time, and being septic for 3 months cut my life span. I hope that these new doctors can save my life and leg. I should have done a back ground check on the first surgeon because now I am paying for it with my life. I don't want to die from this.

Comment from: Liz, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

I'm 30 years old and have dealt with boils for as long as I can remember but in October 2012 I had a boil that was at least the size of a peach pit, in the groin area. I was 9 months pregnant with my son. They had to lance the boil because it was so severely infected and then they cleaned it with water and then packed it with some medical gaze called packing strips. They packed this boil like that 3 times a day for 10 days. Finally on the 4th day I could have my C-section to have my son. It was the worst pain ever.

Comment from: N/A, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 15

I had a boil one time on my buttocks. It had swelled so bad that the pain was more than I could stand. It finally festered up and popped. That was a great day for relief! I never had another boil again.

Comment from: Hon, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: August 22

I developed a boil fifteen years ago that has never healed up it appears and disappears.

Comment from: Amiller, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 21

I kept getting boils in my underarms; as soon as one drained another one came. I tried everything and every medicine on the internet, and nothing worked. Then I was prescribed triamcinolone acetonide ointment and my problem ceased, no more boils.

Comment from: steve, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 15

The surgical team was very good, before and after lumbar laminectomy. I should have done this in 6 or 7 vertebrae. It is 5 days and I have mostly burning type leg pain. I am walking lightly. Construction work can wait.

Comment from: Jessie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 08

I got a pilonidal cyst at 18 years old. I suffered with it for two years, then had it surgically removed. There is a horrific scar! In my late 20's I started getting staph boils every so often. Now I get them once or twice a year (I'm in my 50's) almost always in the groin area. They are huge and extremely painful. I've never had one lanced, as they seem to resolve with warm baths and antibiotics. The one I am currently battling appears to be getting worse however. It is in the groin area and is the size of a large marble probably larger. I went to the emergency room tonight and they gave me antibiotics. I will go see my regular physician tomorrow. Ohhh... the pain!

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Comment from: Robs, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 23

I had a large boil under my armpit, about the size of a golf ball. The doctor said that if it didn't drain in two days, I had to get it lanced. No way was I going to do that. My chemist gave me Magnoplasm and I put on a thick amount applied to gauze and stuck it on the boil. 6 hours later, the boil oozed out and went for two days. Very effective. I also took Panadeine for the pain and antibiotics. All good. Best treatment ever. Don't go through the pain of lancing when you doen't have to.

Comment from: Pb77, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 21

I have now been suffering with boils for 5 months, blood tests and everything have been done, but with no results, I have gone to see an infectious disease expert and his findings were that there is sometimes no reason for what is happening. I have had 5 boils in five months and I am 34 years old. The doctor put me on doxicillin permanently at 100 mg a day and asked that I cleansed at least one a week with a high quality antibacterial soap. I was tested positive once for a staph infection during the last 5 months. Since the treatment I have had no large boils.

Comment from: connem, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 27

I had a boil in my groin lanced and given antibiotics the next morning I could stand up straight. I went to the ER and was diagnosed with bacterial endocarditis and spinal stenosis .I had bacterial endocarditis in 1991 and was told I had no vegetation. Had mitral valve repair in 1997. Several physicians said I did not have bacterial endocarditis.

Comment from: neil, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 25

I am a 50 year old healthy male. 'Boil' was a dreaded word for me for ages. I suffered a lot due to this, the appearance of the boil on my body was an almost continuous process. If one is drained out another will appear. I was even scared that I was infected with some incurable ailment. All tests were done but no relief from boils. I had actually started loosing all hope, then one medicine worked wonders for me. It called T Bact Muprocin Ointment USP, which I applied in the nostrils regularly for about a month. This medicine worked great. I am sharing this only to help those who are suffering from boils like I did for years. Now I have not had a single boil in the past year.

Comment from: Izzzy, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: September 25

I had a bad boil on my right arm close to my arm pit a couple of months ago, and it got infected. I started to get a rash on my hands and it was itchy and very sore.

Comment from: Sicilian, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 06

I have had a Boil on my tail bone twice. I have found that sitting on a hot pack works as it will assist in bursting the boil. My burst while at work, after sitting on a hot pack for about 30 minutes. I then went to the doctor who drained it out and put me on antibiotics.

Comment from: Toni, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: December 27

I have been getting boils in the crevice and on the surface of my buttocks since I was about 10 years old (I am 15 now). I didn't tell anybody about it at first (not even my parents, really) because I was embarrassed. I did eventually tell my mom, but she's not sure what to do about it either. I'm terrified at the idea of surgery but I'm afraid that I'll have no choice. My brother (who's 12) is also beginning to get boils in that region.

Comment from: jlscott, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 29

II used to get boils all the time. Then I started to take one capsule of vitamin A daily. It helps fight off the infection from the boil.

Comment from: jody, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

I had one on the top of my leg. It was very painful but I use Prid Salve as a drawing agent after it came to a head and drained for three days I keep applying Neosporin and took Cefelexin as antibotics. It was gone after one week; the redness subsided and it just keep getting smaller. That was a month ago, now it has a little head on it--but much much smaller so I drained it.

Comment from: V, Female (Patient) Published: November 30

I'm 34 years old and have been getting boils on my buttocks for the past 6 years. I have gone to the Doctor several times and was given an antibiotic and told to use antibacterial soap which did not help. I've noticed I been getting them at least twice a month now. I use alcohol, witch hazel, and take hot baths to relieve the pain. Zinc also will help to fight off the infection.

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Comment from: boil free, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 12

I was told using a hot moist cloth with SALT sprinkled on cloth will help bring a boil to a head quicker. This does seem to hurry this process.

Comment from: Marie, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 21

I am going through the most miserable time with boils right now. I get them occasionally and they always went right away. Not this time. There is a series of them from my anal area to the vaginal opening and they have been draining for six days with no end in sight. This time I guess I am going to the doc, since the home stuff doesn't seem to be working. I have diabetes and seem to have a tendency to get them more often than most people. I'm a little scared this time.

Comment from: laura.keene, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 31

I have had numerous boils usually on my buttocks and most all I have had lanced. Only once I was able to do sitz baths to get rid of. This time my boil is on my left should located underneath my bra.

Comment from: iknowatutalknbout, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 21

My boil became infected and the dermatologist prescribed doxycycline. It is used for boils and lime disease.

Comment from: arun, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 03

I had a boil on my left cheek, and it was treated with Cefixime and drained.

Comment from: fedup26, 25-34 (Patient) Published: May 03

I've been getting boils and cysts for around 12 years now. I'm 26 and am still experiencing these awful things. My body is just constantly fighting the infection which is why I feel drained all the time (my guess). Anyway, I've tried several (not all) home remedies and haven't found anything that works. Now I get what's called a pilonidal cyst on my tail bone, which is extremely painful. The only thing I've found that makes it feel any better is salt baths. I wish the rest of you the best of luck! They're evil little things.

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