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My 27 year old son seems to be developing a boil in his ear.

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My 27 year old son seems to be developing a boil in his ear. We are in Haiti - unable to see a physician. We have doxycyline on hand - do you think it would be wise to start taking it?

Doctor's Assistant: How long have you been dealing with the ear issue? Have you had any colds or flus recently?

Had a two day stomach flu three weeks ago. No colds. The 'boil' has been forming for about 3 weeks. It hurts off and on. It fluctuates from feeling 'squishy oops - to hard.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I don't think so. Has had the normal Haiti stuff. Zika, Chikagunya, malaria, but is overall healthy.

Submitted: 11 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 11 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 11 months ago

is there redness, pus, swelling, warmth, tenderness around the boil?

these are all signs of infection.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
At the moment it is not tender. That seems to change from day to day. It has not developed any pus. There is some swelling, it is red - it is real hard to tell if it is warm, based on the fact that it is in his ear canal. Our doctor in the states recommended that he take Augmentin 875 - but he is not currently available and we forgot to tell him of a penicillin allergy.
Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 11 months ago

I see

yes, he can take doxycycline if you have that until you get back to the states and see a doctor

take it after meals

let me know if you have other questions

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 11 months ago

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