What is a Boil?

A boil is a common skin infection that occurs in hair follicles or oil glands anywhere in the body.

Causes of Boils

Boils are caused by bacteria or fungi found on the skin’s surface that enter deep into the tissues of hair follicles.

Symptoms of a Boil

A boil is usually easy to detect. It may begin as a tender, pink and swollen lump. Over time, the lump becomes softer, larger, and more painful.

Boil Prevention Tips

Practicing good hygiene, keeping skin clean, and using antibacterial soap may help prevent boils and keep infection from spreading.

Boil Treatment Options

Most boils can be treated at home. Some boils, however, may require treatment by a healthcare provider.