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What causes boils?

Many people wonder what causes boils. Others even wonder what is a boil? These are good questions to ask when you want to begin your journey toward being boil free.

According to the MayoClinic:

Boils and carbuncles are painful, pus-filled bumps that form under your skin when bacteria infect and inflame one or more of your hair follicles.

Boils (furuncles) usually start as red, tender lumps. The lumps quickly fill with pus, growing larger and more painful until they rupture and drain. A carbuncle is a cluster of boils that form a connected area of infection under the skin.

You can usually care for a single boil at home, but don’t attempt to prick or squeeze it — that may spread the infection. Call your doctor if a boil or carbuncle is extremely painful, lasts longer than two weeks or occurs with a fever.

For further reading, see below:

Boils - Treatments, Causes, Symptoms of Boils

Boils are a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment.

How to Get Rid of a Boil

Apr 12, 2008 ... Want to know what causes boils and how to get rid of them? I'll teach you where boils come from and how to treat them, quickly.

Pictures of Boils: Causes, Symptoms, & Treatments

Jun 17, 2011 ... Pictures show different types of boils, as well as the symptoms, causes, and treatments for these painful skin infections.

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