Does anyone know what a boil is and why do people get them?

United States
March 5, 2007 12:19pm CST
I would really like to know. Thanks
5 responses
• Canada
5 Mar 07
A boil is a skin abscess that is a localized infection deep in the skin. They can be caused by an ingrown hair, a splinter or foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Other boils are caused by acne resulting in a plugged sweat gland that becomes infected.
• United States
5 Mar 07
wow I always wondering what the heck it was. Thanks so much!
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@aretha (2538)
• United States
5 Mar 07
ok i guess melissa covered it. my uncle was getting them before he passed and if you don't get the infection out it can get in to your blood stream and make you very sick.
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• United States
7 Mar 07
I didn't know they were that dangerous. I heard for years that it was your bodies way of cleansing itself. So much for old wise tales. Sorry to hear about your uncle too.
• India
5 Mar 07
Boil is a skin disease. read the following for more info http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/boil/ Ramesh The Human Search Engine alluwanted.com
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• United States
5 Mar 07
Thanks so much. I will definitely check that out!!!
@kmdvmd (357)
• India
6 Mar 07
Some people are suseptible to certain chemicals,so when their body come in contect with that chemical their body produce antibody against it the fighting between chemical and antibody is seen in form of boils,as the reaction increases the size of boil increases,after some time the reaction subsides and slowly the boils begains to disapear.
@toonatoons (3739)
• Philippines
6 Mar 07
a boil is a skin disease that happens when the hair follicles are inflamed, following an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus or staph, a strain of bacteria that normally lives on the skin surface. A tiny cut of the skin may have allowed this bacterium to enter the follicles and cause an infection.
• United States
19 Mar 07
Thanks!
@palpalsky (900)
• United States
19 Mar 07
its a kind of skin disrease ..and looks like pimple ..attimes i do have pus inside it ..and it happens due to various reason like eating too much oily food ..dont ever break them with ur hand ..as it can be painful and u will get scar ...let them get try by themselve or apply medicine
• United States
19 Mar 07
Thank you!