Furuncle: the symptoms

The clinical symptoms of boil are varied. In the face, boils can appear on unintentionally manipulated acne pimples, or on the hair of the beard - giving a folliculitis of the beard.

Do not confuse the boil with acne pimples themselves (which are due to another bacteria). Even though they may be superinfected by staphylococcus aureus and develop into a boil.

The boil preferably sits at the back, shoulders, neck, thighs, and buttocks. This last location is frequently found among cyclists or riders, as part of a hike for example. Indeed, these two sports entail a repeated rubbing at the buttocks, which thus constitute a zone of maceration conducive to the development of staphylococcus aureus.

There are some specific forms of boils, to be evoked depending on the location and intensity of the symptoms.

The stye, for example, is a boil on the base of an eyelash. The symptoms are suggestive but should not be confused with the chalazion. The eyelid is often swollen and painful. The stye heals most of the time spontaneously, sometimes with the help of an ophthalmic ointment. But be careful not to use a tube that has been opened before!

Furunculosis is defined by the multiplicity of boils and the repetition of outbreaks. Local disinfection with local antiseptics is not always sufficient. General antibiotic therapy is sometimes necessary.

The sycosis of the beard is folliculitis extended in the beard. It forms a pustular inflammatory cupboard. A local infectious focus must be sought: sinusitis, an infectious dental focus, or even an immune deficiency. Poor hygiene or a dirty razor can also be the cause.

Antibiotics for several weeks are sometimes necessary to overcome the infection.

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