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Boil

 

The infection of the skin, containing pus and showing on the surface as a red, tender swelling is called as a boil. It is called as abscess, when it becomes soft. These are common during the summer months and may result from scratching, insect bite, prickly heat or for no apparent reason. They are common where hygiene is poor or when children are in poor general health.

Do not scratch or incise the boil. Hot compress with salt water help the boil to ripen, so that an opening may form and the pus may drain out. Never squeeze a boil.

Cover it with clean gauze and bandage in between the hot compresses, which should be applied 2 to 3 times a day. If the boil is on the hand or the foot, that part can be soaked in a bowl of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes at a time.

 


 
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