Yuck.. Where do boils come from?

United States
December 12, 2006 4:35pm CST
My boyfriend has one on his arm. It was so gross. What are they caused from? And can I catch it from him from hugging him or something?
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@Tripod (105)
• Philippines
18 Mar 07
It's a condition caused by a bacteria called staphylococcus aureus which is a part of our natural flora. Like a pimple, the bacteria is clogged and becomes overwhelmingly accumulated in an area where theres thick skin or damp/sweaty areas prone to friction. This usually happens during warm, humid climate. Tell your boyfriend to seek a physician and as much as possible stay away from the infected area especially if it has ruptured.