A boil (or skin abscess) is an infection deep inside the skin and also a type of staph infection. The center becomes soft with time and filled with white blood cells that try to fight the infeciton. Eventually, the center of the boil becomes filled with a substance known as puss and dead tissue. A boil is red and swollen looking with a white center. Their size can range from pea-sized to golf ball -sized. Boils are formed for several different reasons. They could be from ingrown hairs, splinters, plugged sweat glands, or acne. Boils can appear in groups (A.K.A. a carbuncle) or solitary and are on any part of the body, but the most common spots are where you'd typically wear clothing so either on your back, neck, thighs, or buttocks. Boils tend to be extremely irritable and painful, especially when located on areas where the skin is thin or around bony areas. Boils can leave scars, infect the bloodstream, and even spread to other parts of the body. On some occasions boils can lead to diseases such as cellulitis, folliculitis, or impetigo.


Q 1: Mrs. Mullins said in class that you should never pop a blister. Is the same true for boils, or is it best to get the "infection" out? (R. Hackle)
A: A boil is best left alone so the irritation dies down and you dont get the oil and germs from your fingers/hands on the infection.

Q 2: What is the best way to treat a boil to prevent infection? (M.Seibert)
A: Keep the area cleaned with alochol/cortosone cream. Dont cause irritation by rubbing or anything

Q 3: Are there any treatments for boils? (S. Bamber)
A: Apply soap, heat, and water to clean it and treat it and drink plenty of water to flush the body

Q 4: Does the size of the boil affect its effects on the body? (K. SANDER)
A: The bigger, the more irritable and more likely to spread infection. So the bigger, the worse for you. However, it's uncommon for boils to infect your blood stream so basically it's just more painful if it's a bigger boil

Q 5: If the boil made contact with another person, could they get one as well? (M. Francis)
A: Yes, if the pus is spread on to another ones skin they too can get a boil.

Q 6: Is a pimple or zit a type of boil? (CChapman)
A: Good question, but the answer is no. Boils are far more serious and take much longer to heal and takes a lot more to get rid of.