Effects of Leaving a Boil Untreated

What are the side effects from prolonging not going to a doctor for a boil under the armpit?

By Duck Freeman

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful
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I'm a RN and I work in urgent care. You should apply warm compresses to the boil and soak it in warm water if possible. If it grows in size, becomes warmer to the touch, has red streaks traveling away from it, or you develop a fever and/or flu-like symptoms you need medical attention. Usually warm compress and time will cause it to come to "a head" and it will drain on its own. A benefit of medical treatment is that they can culture it and tell you if it is something serious like MRSA which requires antibiotic therapy. Hope this helps!

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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In the first place it might not be a boil. It could be an infected cyst. Just go to the doctor for something like that.

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

Left untreated Boils can result not only in repeat episodes but also:

Spread of infection to other parts of the body or skin surfaces

Abscess formation

Sepsis (general internal infection)

Abscess of kidneys or other internal organs

Osteomyelitis

Endocarditis

Brain infection

Brain abscess

Spinal cord infection

Spinal cord abscess

Permanent scarring

Good luck.

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

When to seek medical help for boils"

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/boil ... tm#When%20to%20Seek%20Medical%20Care

You can use hot compresses if the boils is soft. If it is hard, nothing will come out anyway.

Home treatments should only be used on small boils. If your boil is bigger than a pea or has a lot of redness around it, go to a doctor instead of trying to deal with it yourself.

* If you get a FEVER go to the doctor right away!

Fever means the infection has spread.

Home Treatment:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/boils/page6_em.htm#Boils%20Treatment

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Under your arm? Ouch! I'd heed the advice of the urgent-care RN. If your insurance plan includes an "Ask-a-Nurse" help line, give them a call, but they'll prob tell you the same. Do what you can for yourself, and seek medical attention if you must.

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