DS1 has a nasty little boil close to his groin/jockline. He's only just alerted me of it now, but I didn't see it when he had a bath last night so thinking it must have come up some time today. Anyway it's pretty red and swollen, it's not huge but he is complaining it hurts and wont let me anywhere near it.
What do I do? I've never dealt with boils before so I have no idea. I've booked him in with our GP but appointment isn't until Friday. Do I just leave it and keep an eye on it? Also what do they usually give/do to get rid of boils? He is petrified of the Doctors because of our last visit (split his chin at Daycare and needed to have a needle in his chin and get stitched up) I'm hoping it will disappear on it's own by Friday, but doubt it. My mum keeps telling me he may need a penicillin shot in his bum, he will so not cope with that, i'm hoping some sort of cream or anti-b will be all he needs (if he needs anything)
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20-06-2012 12:56 #1-
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20-06-2012 13:04 #2
I could be wrong but I think I once heard that a warm compress was good for boils. How old is he? If you could make a poultice type thing would he hold it on there himself?
20-06-2012 14:57 #3
My brothers and I used to get boils and styes quite often as kids. There was a cream we had that would make the boil form a head and dry out the pus. It was so long ago, I don't remember what it was called.
Maybe head to the pharmacy and see if there is something non- prescription they an recommend?
Also try hot compresses on it.
20-06-2012 16:01 #4-
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Thanks alot girls!
Bunnyhugs he is almost 5. By the looks of it the head as already dried up as there is a small scab like tip on it now but it still looks quite painful/angry underneath.
Will try a hpt compress after bathtime
20-06-2012 16:19 #5Senior Member
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My GP gave a prescription ointment - BACTOBAN (MUPIROCIN 2%) for a boil. It was to be applied twice daily (with a cotton tip so as to not contaminate the tube) and covered with a bandaid.
He boils are caused by a staff infection, and the bacteria normally lives harmlessly in the nose, so also recommended applying the ointment to the inside of the nose (with a cotton tip) to kill bacteria there as well.
Before going to the GP, I used Savlon which I think helped a little, but the doctor seemed unimpressed.
Last edited by sweetseven; 20-06-2012 at 16:22.
20-06-2012 16:25 #6
Bactroban is an antibacterial ointment which is great stuff, too, but as PP said, it's only on prescription.
A warm bath will help soften the skin and may allow you to drain some pus? But if there's no head then just keep an eye on it and if it gets hot, or redness starts spreading, see if you can get to a GP sooner.
All the best . Poorthing
20-06-2012 16:43 #7
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