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How can I treat a boil under my arm pit?

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Category: Diabetologist
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Thank you for your query at
I understand your concern.
I see that you have a boil under under your armpit. Boil or furuncle is an infection of hair follicle. It is most commonly caused by bacteria called as staphyloccocal aureus. Small boils burst and get drained on its own. But in your case it looks big to me and being in sensitive area of armpit it may cause a lot of pain. I would advice you to get it drained by a physician. He might also do your physical examination to check if you have boils in other parts of your body. Recurrent boils are common in diabetes, poor health. So, please get your blood sugar level checked.
If the boil bursts on its own wash it with some antibacterial soap till all pus is gone and apply antibiotic oinment and bandage. You can take acetphenomen for pain relief.
Prevent occurent for future boils by maintaing good hygine and staying fit and healthy.
Hope this was helpful,
Please feel free to discuss further,

Dr. Jaydeep Tripathy
Category: Diabetologist
MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in December 2011
M.Med (Family Medicine) - TNMGR University, Chennai
MBA-MPH in Public Health in March 2016, SRM University
Finished AFIH in March 2016, SRM University
MRCP ( UK ), Internal Medicine, Royal College of Physicians, June 2016
Fellowship in Diabetology from Martin Luther University in January 2017

Currently Senior Residency in MD Radiodiagnosis - Kamakshi Memorial Hospital, Chennai
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