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boil

 [boil]
a painful nodule formed in the skin by circumscribed inflammation of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue, enclosing a central slough or “core.” Called also furuncle. Boils occur most frequently on the neck and buttocks, although they may develop wherever friction or irritation, or a scratch or break in the skin, allows the bacteria resident on the surface to penetrate the outer layer of the skin. A carbuncle is a group of interconnected boils arising in a cluster of hair follicles.
Cause. Most boils and carbuncles are caused by Staphylococcus aureus. When these bacteria gain entrance to the skin, the infection settles in the hair follicles or the sebaceous glands. To combat the infection, large numbers of leukocytes travel to the site and attack the invading bacteria. Some bacteria and white cells are killed and they and their liquefied products form pus. The body's defenses may succeed in overcoming the invaders so that the boil subsides by itself, or the pus may build up pressure against the skin surface so that it ruptures, drains, and heals.

Boils most often afflict healthy persons but occasionally their appearance is a sign that the resistance is low, usually as the result of poor nutrition or illness. Patients with recurrent boils should be suspected of being chronic staphylococcal carriers. The nose is the most common carriage site.
Treatment. In most cases a single boil is not serious and will respond to incision and drainage. Systemic antibiotics are also sometimes indicated. Although complications are rare, a boil on or above the upper lip, on the nose or scalp, or in the outer ear can be serious because in these areas infection has easy access to the brain. Other danger zones are the armpit, the groin, and the breast of a woman who is nursing. If bacteria from a boil enter the bloodstream, septicemia may result (see blood poisoning).
gum boil parulis.

fu·run·cle

(fū'rŭng-kĕl),
A localized pyogenic infection, most frequently by Staphylococcus aureus, originating deep in a hair follicle.
Synonym(s): boil, furunculus
[L. furunculus, a petty thief]

furuncle

/fu·run·cle/ (fu´rung-k'l) a boil; a painful nodule formed in the skin by circumscribed inflammation of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue, enclosing a central slough or “core”; due to staphylococci entering the skin through hair follicles.furun´cular

furuncle

(fyo͝or′ŭng′kəl)
n.
See boil2.

fu·run′cu·lar (fyo͝o-rŭng′kyə-lər), fu·run′cu·lous (-ləs) adj.

furuncle

[fyoo͡r′ungkəl]
Etymology: L, furunculus, petty thief
a localized suppurative staphylococcal skin infection originating in a gland or hair follicle and characterized by pain, redness, and swelling. Necrosis deep in the center of the inflamed area forms a core of dead tissue that is spontaneously extruded, eventually resorbed, or surgically removed. It is important to avoid irritating or squeezing the lesion to prevent spread of the infection. Treatment may include antibiotics, local moist heat, and, when there is definite fluctuation and the hard white core is evident, incision and drainage. Also called boil. Compare carbuncle. furunculous, adj.
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Furuncle

furuncle

Circumscribed staphylococcal infection that arises in a hair follicle.

furuncle

Boil Infectious disease A pus-laden staphylococcal skin infection characterized by reddening, pain, swelling and central necrosis, which may require antibiotics and excision

furuncle

A boil.

furuncle

boil; pyogenic infection originating from a hair follicle

fu·run·cle

(fŭr-ŭng'kĕl)
A localized pyogenic infection, originating deep in a hair follicle.
Synonym(s): boil.

furuncle

a focal suppurative inflammation of the skin and subcutaneous tissues, enclosing a central slough or 'core'; called also boil.

Patient discussion about furuncle

Q. how do i get rid of boils I have been plagued by boils for about 3 to 4 years now, i get a boil, go to the doctor, get antibiotics, take them for 10 days, and about a week later the boils are back. I came accoss this site a week ago and learned about (turmeric) i purchased some, i've been taking it and i still manage to get more boils, i have one existing boil right now and a new one is forming please help because i don't have health insurance and it cost to much to keep going to the doctor and getting medicine for boils only to have the boils occur back in a weeks time please help, demario y

A. Have you ever consulted a dermatologist (a doctor that specialize in skin problems)? He or she may diagnose the problem more accurately and address it better. What you describe may be acne or other disease that are treated by such doctors.

Anyway, you can find several suggestions about preventing boils here (http://www.medicinenet.com/boils/article.htm) and here (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/001474.htm)

Q. hey how about having brown rice in place of white or boiled rice…….?

A. Brown rice is a good carb, plus I personally think it tastes delicious.

Q. what should i do if i got burned from boiling water? how should i take care of my self? will i get a scar?

A. ooooOOOooo! i hope you are asking a hypothetic question... a friend wife of mine still got scars from a boiling water accident a few years back. anyway, here is a site that gives instructions on how to react after burns. boiling water is probably second degree burns:
http://familydoctor.org/online/famdocen/home/healthy/firstaid/after-injury/638.html

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aureus, and similar to other community-acquired MRSA outbreaks (17-19), recurrent abscesses, or furuncles, or both were the predominant infection in our study.
Among the list of possible diagnoses in patients with early HS lesions based on clinical appearance alone, the most common and most likely are furuncles, folliculitis, and atypically dilated comedones of acne vulgaris.
The nodule had been present for several months and was initially diagnosed as a furuncle.
In humans, the skin lesion starts as a painful red papule that gradually enlarges and develops into a furuncle.
A furuncle or boil is a painful skin nodule associated with circumscribed inflammation of the corium or dermis and subcutaneous tissue, enclosing a central slough or core.
The acute stage may present as a pustule, furuncle, or cellulitis of the external canal.
In Switzerland and Germany, we apply 70% alcohol on gauze wicks until the furuncle bursts spontaneously.
Among the bacterial infections cellulitis was seen in 8 cases (4%), leprosy in 4 cases (2%), furuncle in 3 cases (1.
1,2 The giant variant can be a single lesion localising on the eyelid, scalp, or sole, and can easily be confused with basal cell carcinoma, verruca vulgaris, comedone, abscess, furuncle, condylome, keratoacanthoma, and various adenomas.
Alternatively, surgical nicking of the furuncle followed by extraction of the larvae can be curative (Fig.
Veterinary treatment of serious feline acne marked by the presence of a large pimple or furuncle is considerably more complicated.
Out of 19 patients with pyogenic infections, 9 had folliculitis, 5 had furuncle, 2 had carbuncle and 3 had impetigo.