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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: 8 months ago.Category: Medical
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 8 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 months ago
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Doctor: Dr. David, Board Certified Physician replied 8 months ago

you are welcome

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