Effective Strategies for Managing Armpit Boils: Recommended Courses of Action and Remedies

Effective Strategies for Managing Armpit Boils: Recommended Courses of Action and Remedies
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,

What are recommended courses of action or remedies for addressing boils that develop in the armpit region?

Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to Dr.Galen. Please find the below response to your query.

As a dermatologist, I would recommend to first ensure good hygiene practices to prevent further infection. This includes washing the area with antibacterial soap and warm water, avoiding sharing your personal items such as towels or razors, and avoiding squeezing the boil as it can spread the infection. For pain relief and to aid the healing process, over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen, can be used. Topical treatments, like antiseptic creams or ointments, may also be helpful. However, if the boils are large, recurrent, or accompanied by other symptoms such as fever, it is important to seek medical attention. You may need a prescription for antibiotics or a minor procedure to drain the boil. Please remember that this advice is intended to be general in nature, and specific causes may need specific treatments.

 


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