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05 Jul 2005

Boils
I am a 31 yr old male who for over the past 3 yrs has had a recurring boil under my right arm. I have tried many remedies but have had success only with having it lanced each time. This is about the fifth time I have had to endure this painful process. Painkillers get me through the wait for the boil to be ready for lancing!
Some have tod me that boils are blood related, is this true and how can I rid myself of this problem? Can you tell me what could be causing this to happen?
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pathologist

01 Jan 0001

You should discuss your condition with your GP, but it sounds to me like a condition called hidradenitis supperativa. This is a chronic relapsing inflammatory disorder involving one or more apocrine glands. There are deep seated nodules complicated by draining sinuses and scarring. The infection is caused by staphylococci. It is often necessary to remove the skin surgically.
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