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A Boil?

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#1 barefut


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Posted 06 September 2007 - 11:20 AM

I'm sure it's not sclero related but sclero is most likely complicating it because of my tight skin.

Well it's big and ugly and painful and right under my nose! I've had a perma bump a little smaller than a BB there for years. I've gotten rid of it before by squeezing and it is waxy- Yea, gross I know - sorry!

This white bump has been getting bigger and the other day I pushed on it and boy was THAT a mistake! The next day it was really sore and swollen.

I have the same sort of white bumps with waxy discharge on my chin that are more easily removed.

All I've read about boils is that they are stapf infected hair folicles. Although this looks like one I'm not sure that it is.

Has anyone else had this gross embarrassing problem? I don't want to leave the house!

:( Barefut

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Posted 06 September 2007 - 07:36 PM

Hey Barefut,
I get boils too. Mine are usually in multiples though. I have a standing antibiotic order from my rheumatologist for these. Not sure about the boil-sclero relationship. I asked my rheumatologist about it and he said well we can do a culture or I can just give you antibiotics. I said gimme antibiotics and in a few days it seems to do the trick.

The thing about boils is you really shouldn't pop them. Popping them may cause them to spread.

Keep the area clean and dry. I get mine under my arms under my bra strap so I don't wear a bra for a few days... its seems to help and I hate bras anyway.


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Posted 07 September 2007 - 09:53 AM


I personally have not had one, but a friend of mine from church had a spot for years like you mentioned. One day it came to a head and she tried to pop it and it became worse, she let it be for a few weeks but it wouldn't heal, she finally went in and it was a rare type of skin cancer. As a nurse I've never seen skin cancer present itself like that. Anyway, might be worth having a doctor look at it.

Sorry you have this going on. :(
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#4 barefut


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Posted 07 September 2007 - 10:13 AM

Thanks Sweet,

That's good to know. I will show it to my general practitioner when I see him next Wednesday. Although I won't have to "show " him, he'll see it on his own, as it sticks out like a big headlight! :o

Barefut :rolleyes: