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  • What is a boil? What is a furuncle? What is a carbuncle?
A boil (or furuncle) is a localized, deep-seated infection, usually due to the bacteria, staphylococcus aureus that has invaded the skin. They generally appear at hair follicles (the tiny pit where a hair grows) that have become inflamed. When they occur, they are often found on the face, scalp, neck, armpits, lower back, thigh, groin, or buttocks. A cluster of interconnected boils is called a carbuncle.
  • What does a boil look like?
Initially, a boil appears as a red, painful bump. This is a sign of the infection caused by bacteria that have gotten into your skin. Your body tries to combat the infection by sending leukocytes (white blood cells) to the site to attack the invading bacteria. A boil will swell and fill with pus formed from the bacteria and white cells that die in the battle to overcome the infection. If the body is successful in battling the infection, the boil can suside by itself within ten to twenty-five days.
  • Can anything be done to ease the pain and make it better?
The application of a warm, wet compress to the area three or four times a day can help relieve the pain and bring the boil to a head. Each application should be about 20 minutes. The application of heat increases circulation in that area to help combat the infection. Warm epsom salt baths can also help. It is important to keep the boil area clean. Wash with an antibacterial soap. Antibacterial creams can help.

You should consult your physician in any of the following cases:
* if the boil is very large
* if you have significant inflammation
* if you have a fever
* if the boil is in a sensitive area (armpit, groin, breast, lip, nose, or between your buttocks).
  • Why did I get a boil?
A boil can be a sign that there is an imbalance in your system. You can check to see if there is an imbalance in your system. Your resistance may be low, which can be caused by poor nutrition or illness such as diabetes or kidney failure.
  • How do I prevent boils from recurring?
If you take the Balance Analysis and find that there is an imbalance in your system, you can generally restore balance through simple, natural methods that affect your food choices and activity choices. You can do this by visiting an Ayurvedic physician or by ordering a Personalized Report for Restoring Balance. These methods will help your body's immune system to function correctly and resist bacterial invasions that cause boils.

       Find out if you have any imbalance in your system. This analysis takes you through a self-examination, guided by AI software, where you examine yourself for signs and interact with the web application. Proper balance is the key to a long and healthy life filled with vitality. Start this FREE check now.

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