What do you do if you wake up to find a painful, swollen, red bump on your cheek one morning? Such an abscess cannot be pierced to remove the puss inside. You cannot treat a furuncle, boil or deep hair follicle infection by pressing and poking it. In fact, the more you press, the more painful and swollen the area will feel.
Furuncles or boils are caused by an accumulation of pus and dead tissue around the root of the hair. Also known as Folliculitis, such bacterial infections are painful and difficult to heal. Unlike ordinary pimples, which can be pierced and drained, furuncles are deep hair follicle infections that will not drain due to severe inflammation.
Then how can you treat a furuncle, boil and deep hair follicle infection? It depends on the type of the infection.
Treat Folliculitis with Antibiotics
When a furuncle, boil or deep hair follicle infection is accompanied by a lot of inflammation, it typically signifies a growing skin infection. It’s important to stop the infection quickly before the furuncle creates offshoots of pus around the infected area, virtually cloning itself into more furuncles. See your doctor and he will determine if you should go on antibiotics to cure the infection and eliminate the swelling.
Treat the Furuncle or Boil with Furuncle Tape
Even after taking a course of antibiotics which will cure the skin infection, puss can remain at the core of the shrunk furuncle or boil. When the puss is very thick it might take weeks, even months for the body to absorb it away. In short, the furuncle will remain noticeable and palpable. If the furuncle is very small and you can ignore it, that is best. But if it bothers you, you can buy furuncle tape. When you adhere this thick, sticky tape over the furuncle it will generate pressure, so that within 24 hours some or all of the puss should rise to the surface of the furuncle or boil. In other words, the furuncle tape will create an outlet for draining the hair follicle infection.
Treat the Furuncle or Boil without Scaring Your Skin
The biggest esthetic problem associated with treating furuncles, boils or deep hair follicle infection is the scaring that remains after they are healed. Because patients find it hard to leave the furuncle alone, they attempt to pierce or drain it before the swelling has come down or a drainage channel has been created. As a result the area becomes bruised from inside and leaves dark discoloration that can take weeks to pass.
Treat the Furuncle with Heat
Heat, applied gently, can help the healing process. Increased blood flow will help deliver antibiotics to the core of the furuncle, boil or deep hair follicle infection if you are taking medications. Heat will also help to soften the puss and help it become reabsorbed into the body when a core remains in the furuncle long after the infection is healed.
Treat the Furuncle with Cream Medications or Ointments
Though you can treat many skin infections with acne creams, Folliculitis, that is deep hair follicle infections, are just too deep for creams to penetrate. With the swelling virtually closing the follicle shut, creams are not strong enough to heal the infection. This said, once the infection is cured and the core of the furuncle or boil remains like a small annoying bump under your skin, you can ask your doctor to prescribe a cream that will soften the puss and help it become reabsorbed in the body.
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