Re: boils, cysts and lumps
I can tell you are probably from the British Isles (?)...The words Mum and knicker-line kind of gives you away!
Rileyroe's suggestion is good but not sure if you can get that product where you are.
Being 6 months pregnant, are you seeing your obstetrician on a regular basis? Surely he/she should be concerned and helping you deal with these persistent boils. What does he/she say about them being so chronic and recurrent?
And I do hope that you never went back to the doc who told you there was nothing he could do!
Boils generally form from infected hair follicles.
The bacteria that cause the infection are called staphylococcus. The body builds a protective wall around the infection to prevent it from spreading. Unfortunately, this also blocks the body's natural defences from attacking the bacteria and a cyst, or boil, develops.
Being 'run down' or suffering from some illness that lowers your body's defence against infection (like diabetes) can increase your risk of boils. Have you had blood tests to rule out diabetes?
'Dirty skin' is not a cause, although daily washing is important. Overwashing with antiseptic soaps may even increase your risk.
The one that is causing you so much discomfort right now needs to be looked at, since it seems it is nowhere near coming to a head. Your doctor should have some idea as to how to safely and quickly get you out of pain.
Last edited by zuzu8; 02-15-2004 at 12:12 AM.