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I have a very big boil on my right check, it has fever in it

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i have a very big boil on my right check, it has fever in it and is very sore
JA: How long have you had a fever? Do you have any respiratory symptoms?
Customer: i don't have a fever the boil does.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: i have never had a boil like or any other ones.
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.

Welcome to just answer. I am here to answer questions for education and information. I will respond shortly with an answer, or a question for you

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.


So please attach a picture.

Also, we do not treat on the site, we answer questions, so tell me what your question is about this as well.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
i have a boil on my right side of my bottom. it has fever and is very sore. it is hard for me to sit or walk.
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.


Can you attach a picture?

What is your question about this boil?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Here is the photo
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.

Sorry that is completely blurred.


Let's assume it is a boil if you can't get a better photo.

What is your question for us?

Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.

In other words, you have a boil. We do not treat on line, we answer questions.

What is your specific question.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I need to know how to treat this boil
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.


Typically, boils are either open, and drain, or closed.

Which is this?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
This will be is closed
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.


You can try hot compresses, in this case hot sitz baths, but closed boils often have to be drained by your doctor.

Do you have someone who can do that?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I think I do, but if I don't. How would I drain it
Expert:  DrRussMD replied 2 months ago.

You can not drain it on your own, and it might need antibiotics.

Draining is complicated and has to be done understerile conditions or in the hospital.

In other words, boils that don't burst open on their own and drain are a more serious problem.

Given the location, sitting in hot water for at least 10 minutes 4 times a day, or applying a hot water compress, will get most boils to break open.

That is the extent of your home treatment.

Typically, if a boil breaks open, using a non stick gauze, keeping it clean, and maybe some polysporin is find, and they typically heal.

That is all assuming this is a boil, remember, the picture is blurred. Sometimes other lesions can mimic boils. For example, a sebaceous cyst which must be removed surgically.

Here is a good write up on boils

The other concerns are an infected boil which spreads, and causes cellulitis [skin infection] or blood infection. So if a boil does not open and drain and heal, hands on doctor attention is needed.

OK, let me know if you have more questions.

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