Rheumatoid Arthritis and Skin Boils

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About Rheumatoid Arthritis and Skin Boils

A skin boil is a type of skin infection that starts in a follicle of your hair or oil gland. Your skin may turn red in the infection area at first and develop a tender lump. The lump will begin turning white after four to seven days as pus begins collecting under your skin.

Common areas skin boils appear are on your:

  • Neck

  • Face

  • Buttocks

  • Shoulders

You may have red armpit bumps. When you have a skin boil form on your eyelid, it’s referred to as a sty. If you have several skin boils appearing in a group, it’s a carbuncle which is a more severe type of infection.

Skin boils start off as red, painful bumps developing a pus-filled head as they become worse. Most skin boils will burst and drain and then heal up within two days to three weeks of forming.

While you shouldn’t try an open or drain a skin boil by yourself, there are ways to help naturally speed up the healing process. Most skin boils don’t cause scarring unless you force them open.

If you have carbuncles or extremely large skin boils, you require medical attention right away to avoid the risk of severe complications like sepsis or death.

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on September 29, 2018

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