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Boils, I have been getting boils, 6 months usually around

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Customer: I have been getting boils , for about 6 months usually around the time I start my cycle
JA: Is there anything else the Doctor should be aware of?
Customer: Um not sure
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Customer: Just not sure how to prevent them
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.


What is your question about boils?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Well I just started getting them about 6 months ago , out of no where
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have followed everything I have learned about them to prevent them but they keep coming back
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

They are usually caused by staph bacteria.

Why some people are susceptible is not clear.

Usually hot compresses take care of them.

Occasionally drainage or antibiotics are needed.

Yes, hormone fluctuations might contribute to suscetability, but the connection is not clear.

If you are continually stressed out, maybe this has an effect.

Good hygiene is of course important.

A correct diet is important.

Making sure you don't have any immune problems is also important, but usually this is not the case.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I get stressed quite often
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I exercise on a regular basis , but diet isn't the best right now
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
What is it in food intake that increases the chances of getting them?
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 1 year ago.

Too much fat, too much sugar.

Processed food.

American diet/fast food, etc.

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Expert:  Dr. Rick, MD replied 1 year ago.

Since you are having so much problems with boils the best thing to do would be to have a complete evaluation by a dermatologist. This way any underlying issues can be discovered and treated as well as getting the boils drained if necessary.

Does this make sense to you?

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