Skin Health FAQs

Here, we've compiled a range of quality resources to inform and educate you about a variety of skin conditions. From trusted medical websites such as WedMD and Mayo Clinic to news articles, support groups and more, find the answers you are seeking here. 

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What are Boils?

Boils are characterized a by a tender bump on the skin. A boil is a skin infection that manifests in an oil gland or hair follicle. In the early stages of a boil, the skin will appear red and tender. the lump of a boil will start to develop as pus from the infection starts to collects under the skin.

Boils are caused by a germ, specifically the staphylococcal, casually referred to as "staph" bacteria. Staph bacteria lives on the skin, and is found on certain parts of the body such as the nose, mouth, genitals, and rectum.

The germ enters the body through small openings in the skin, like a small cut or nick in the skin, staphylococcal bacteria may even travel into the skin by the hair. Infection occurs when the bacteria gets trapped within the skin’s surface.

Common for places for boils include:

 

A boil near the eye is referred to as a stye. Groups of boils are more serious, and called a carbuncle. The lumps are painful and range in size. Severe boils can sometimes reach the size of a baseball. If left untreated, the size of a boil may continue to increase.

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