Hi and welcome to the site. My name is***** and I'll be providing your medical information today.
Is it possible for you to take a photo of the area and post it using the paperclip icon on your screen?
ok i'll try that now. give me 5 mins.
ok, I'll pause the chat timer.
just sent it.
This does look like a boil.
I recommend applying moist heat to the area every 2-4 hours for 10 minutes at a time.
You can wrap a heating pad in a wet towel.
Also taking a hot bath. Hopefully that will get it to come to a head and drain.
ok thanks - if it doesn't recede what I should I do... after having done those things.
So far the surrounding skin doesn't look red so antibiotics wouldn't be needed at this stage.
ok - yes it doesn't feel infected or painful
If it doesn't recede with the moist heat within 2-3 days, it may need to be drained.
ok thanks -
If you have no insurance, you can try sterilizing a needle and poking it but don't try that until after the moist heat treatments for a while.
It won't work as well if the boil isn't made "ripe" by the heat treatments.
With the at home needle, there is a risk that it will seal up and reform.
If a doctor does a drainage, they will generally make a bigger cut and either put a packing drain in it or a catheter to decrease the chance it will just close up and reform.
The cause is sweaty rubbing pushing dead skin into the gland opening.
ok thanks. i'll go to the doc if the heat treatments don't work -
To prevent it from coming back, scrub the area with a non-scented hypo-allergenic soap a couple of times weekly.
That will reduce the risk of dead skin and bacteria clogging the pore again.
Anything else I can help with today?
no i'm good - thanks for your help