Oh no, these are terrible things, i get them all the time, you need to drain them and make sure you have cleaned the area really well before and after to feel any relief.

Armpit boils can be caused by a condition called ‘hidradenitis suppurativa’, which affects about 1-4% of the population. In fact, if you’ve had boils in your armpit on more than five occasions, it is very likely to be hidradenitis. Typically, if you have hidradenitis you will develop about two painful boils a month, each of which takes about a week to go away, although some people are more badly affected. In really severe cases, boils may be present all the time.

Hidradenitis is not primarily an infection, so you cannot pass it on to anyone else and you will not spread it to other parts of your own body by touch.

Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. (You can use a facewasher)This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface. Once the boil comes to a head, it will burst with repeated soakings. This usually occurs within 10 days of its appearance. You can make a warm compress by soaking a wash cloth in warm water and squeezing out the excess moisture.
When the boil starts draining, wash it with an antibacterial soap until all the pus is gone and clean with rubbing alcohol. Apply a medicated ointment (topical antibiotic) and a bandage. Continue to wash the infected area two to three times a day and to use warm compresses until the wound heals.
Do not pop the boil with a needle. This could make the infection worse.


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Published 22nd February 2020

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