Furunculosis Treatment Tips

By: Juliet Cohen

Furunculosis (Boils) are a deep infection of hair follicles. Boils (furuncles) are painful pus-filled bumps on the skin resulting from the deep infection of a hair follicle. The infection is usually caused by a type of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus (staph). Species of Staphylococcus aureus are usually the causative agents. Furunculosis is systemic in nature as it travels through the bloodstream and affects all parts of the body, especially the vital organs. The rapid multiplication of bacteria in the bloodstream causes smaller blood vessels to rupture allowing the bacteria to spread to surrounding tissue. Boils present as one or more tender red spots, lumps or pustules. A boil is a deep form of bacterial folliculitis; superficial folliculitis is sometimes present at the same time.

Most people with boils are otherwise healthy and have good personal hygiene. It is estimated that 10- 20% of the population are Staph. Boils are most common in teens and young adults. Staph. aureus is most commonly carried in the nostrils, armpits, between the legs and in the cleft between the buttocks. It may be transferred to other sites from the nostrils via the finger nails. Boils may resolve with simple self-care measures, but the infected fluid (pus) needs to drain in order for them to heal completely. Many boils drain of their own accord, or they can be lanced by a health care professional. Antibiotics may also be prescribed. Boils can be very contagious. Use an antibacterial soap on boil-prone areas when showering, and dry your skin thoroughly after bathing.

Furunculosis Treatment and Prevention Tips

1. Follow a balanced healthy diet with meat, plenty of fruit and vegetables.

2. Wash your whole body once a day with soap and water.

3. Don't share your flannel or towel with other family members.

4. Maintain a clean handkerchief and don't pick your nose.

5. Change your underclothes and night attire regularly.

6. Avoid leisure activities which cause sweating and friction from clothing, such as squash and jogging.

7. Antiseptic or antibiotic ointment or gel to apply to the inside of the nostrils.

8. Apply a topical antiseptic such as povidone iodine or chlorhexidine cream to the boils.

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