Pus Drainage Information For Boils
For boils to heal properly, pus drainage needs to take place. Traditionally, a boil will drain all on its own in approximately five to seven days but occasionally, there are those stubborn ones that need a little gentle help.
What Is A Boil?
A boil is a localized infection that lies deep in your skin. They usually begin as simply a tender, reddened area and then, given a little time, they become hard and firm. Eventually, the middle of the abscess will soften up and become filled with pus which is actually white blood cells that fight infection. After a few days, the boil comes to a head and needs to drain.
Never squeeze, poke or pick at boils to encourage pus drainage. By fussing with the abscess, you can cause it to not only become infected but also spread. Once it becomes infected, you will need to see your doctor so that antibiotics can be prescribed.
Symptoms Of Boils
- Tender, red and painful pus-filled lumps.
- A white or yellow center that appears to be filled with liquid.
- Fever or swollen lymph nodes are common in individuals with multiple boils.
- Some people experience itching in the location prior to the boil forming.
- Look for boils on your shoulders, face, buttocks, back and underneath your arms.
Causes Of Boils
There are quite a few causes of skin boils, many of which are completely preventable.
- Some type of foreign material being lodged in the skin such as a splinter or a small piece of glass.
- Ingrown hairs.
- Sweat glands that become plugged and end up infected.
- Any type of small or large scrape or cut in your skin can turn into a boil if it becomes infected. Even something as small as a hangnail has boil-growth potential.
To avoid having to deal with pus drainage, the best thing to do is to take preventative measures. If you are prone to getting boils in a specific area, always take extra care to make sure that your skin in that location is kept clean and dry. Also, to allow your skin the opportunity to breathe, choose loose fitting clothing. When working out, you should always wear fabrics that wick the moisture away from your body.
Additionally, you can prevent boils that will need pus drainage if you get in the habit of using antibacterial soap. This will prevent your pores from being clogged with built up bacteria. Loofahs or some other type of abrasive scrub brush can help to break up the plugs of oil that form around hair follicles as well.
As stated earlier, pus drainage should never be forced however, boils do need to be properly treated immediately. Skin boils are quite contagious so if any pus happens to leak out and touch other exposed skin on you or someone else, it can cause additional boils to form. Pus drainage can also get into your bloodstream and cause the infection to spread to other areas of your body.
If you have a boil that just does not seem like it is ever going to come to a head, sometimes applying a moist, warm compress for 15 minutes, a few times per day will help. The heat and moisture combined will gently soften the skin and draw the pus up to the surface so that it can rupture naturally without causing any pain or aggravating the infection.
After a while, if pus drainage has not occurred from the boil, you should see a doctor to have it looked at. Antibiotics may be needed and your doctor may choose to physically drain it in the office.