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10 Mar 2010

Boil
I have a boil under my armpit, what can i buy over the counter?
Pls help me. Do we have Ichthammol Ointment in SOuth Africa?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi F

Although we do have some forms of Ichtammol, I'm not sure whether you're referring to the drawing ointment - In that case, no, it's not specifically marketed here for that use.

I'd suggest using a cream such ac Bactroban to start with. Drawing ointments are also popular (eg. Trek8), but tome frown upon its efficacy.

Should the boil however not respond to treatment - or if you can afford it right now - see a doctor for a antibiotic (either topical or oral).

All the best!
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