A boil also known as a furuncle is a deep infection of the hair follicle or oil gland. When a boil starts to break out the skin becomes red and quiet tender. After a few days the boil becomes a white this is puss collecting under the skin, the boil becomes even more painful. When individual boils cluster together they are called carbuncles.
Boils are cause by an in infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aurous, this is generally harmless. Golden staph can sometimes enter the skin; most staph infections develop into abscesses and can become serious very quickly. This germ can be present on normal skin and enters the body through tiny breaks in the skin or by traveling down a hair to the follicle and infect the skin casing a boil. Most common ways to get boils are though poor personal hygiene, poor nutritional intake, this leads to a weak immune system, presence of scraped scratched or chronic skin conditions, such as Psoriasis. Being a diabetic, or in particular poorly controlled diabetes, or exposer to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin, can all cause boils to form!
Boils could form anywhere on your skin, most common places for boils to form are on your face, neck, armpits or bottom. Some signs to look for are; small red tender lump, the skin will be red and swollen around the lump, an increase of size of the bump over the next few days (this is the boil filling with puss).
Boils in severe cases will need medical treatment, if boils occur near eyes or nose see a doctor for expert help as the infection may reach your blood stream and enter the brain. In many cases boils will form a small white tip on this allows puss to drain out, and the boil to settle down.
Thrush is a common fungal infection; thrush mostly affects women and can be irritating and painful. Thrush forms in warm moist places, many different kinds of fungi live in the vagina, mouth and foreskin of the penis. Normally, your body
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