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Dangerous Furuncle: Things You Need To Know To Avoid Serious Problems

Date November 1, 2018 10:26

You must have all heard of the ghastly words “furuncle” or "boil." Some even experienced their unpleasant appearance on themselves. The most common and unpleasant characteristics of a furuncle are inflammation, pain, and a long healing process. Apart from that, in some cases it can be extremely dangerous to health, as there is a risk of blood poisoning! Today we will tell you why furuncles appear and how to treat it to make the healing process as safe as possible.

What is a furuncle and why does it appear?

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Furuncle or boil is an acute purulent-necrotic inflammation of the hair follicle, sebaceous gland, and surrounding connective tissue that is caused by purulent bacteria, mainly Staphylococcus aureus. The causes of its appearance may be different: dirtiness or minor skin injury, careless shaving, increased sweating, impaired metabolism, poor nutrition, or reduced immunity.

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What increases the risk of a furuncle?

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  • diabetes;
  • some medications;
  • HIV;
  • skin diseases (psoriasis, eczema, acne);
  • obesity.

What is dangerous about a furuncle?

Dangerous Furuncle: Things You Need To Know To Avoid Serious Problems

A boil always has a hair located in its center, and its pouch is closely connected with blood vessels. In case of inaccurate squeezing, bacteria can enter the bloodstream, causing infection. Next, the bacteria penetrates into different organs, which can make them fail one after another. The most dangerous are boils in the “triangle of death.”

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The “triangle of death” is a place on the person’s face, limited by mouth, nose and nasolabial folds, where the blood supply is very well developed. In this part of the face, there is a massive amount of vessels without valves (unlike the vessels of other body parts). Thus, an infection that enters the body through the “triangle of death” can easily penetrate into the cavernous sinuses of the brain, causing very serious complications and often even death. Therefore, if a boil is in the “triangle of death” area, it is necessary to contact a doctor immediately, even if there are no other visible symptoms.

When should you contact a doctor?

Dangerous Furuncle: Things You Need To Know To Avoid Serious Problems

Under no circumstances should you touch a boil at home. Consult a doctor as soon as possible, as a boil may be a consequence of a more serious illness and won’t appear for no reason. You will at the very least need to undergo a general blood test and glucose blood test.

Other reasons to resort to the doctor:

  • fever;
  • swollen lymph nodes;
  • red, hot skin with the swollen furuncle;
  • severe pain;
  • new boils.

Indications for hospitalization: when a boil is located in the “triangle of death” area, accompanied by the development of new ailments (lymphangitis, lymphadenitis, progressive thrombophlebitis, sepsis, purulent meningitis).

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Remember that during purulent processes, thermal procedures are forbidden. This means that if you have a boil, don’t take a hot or even warm bath, and forget about any warm compresses! Be sure to consult your doctor to receive immediate help in order to avoid negative consequences.

Share this brief guide on furuncles to warn your relatives and friends of the possible danger.

Source: AccessSurgery, MedicalNewsToday

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.