Originally Posted by MrsLee
Wow, I had no idea boils could be so serious! Quincy--I'm glad you mom was OK after that incident, that is so scary.
I always thought that boils were just big zits. How do you tell the difference between a boil and a really big zit? Are they the same thing?
My husband has two of them on his back right now and one in another unmentionable place. I have been helping him pop them (the ones on his back). I had no idea I could "catch" them from him. Is there a way to properly take care of them?
Thanks for the information!
It is difficult to tell sometimes between BIG zits and boils and essentially the treatment is the same anyway.
It's OK to help someone 'pop' a boil, but a good idea to wear disposable gloves (they are cheap in the supermarket) and clean the area with Betadine or Tea Tree oil first. Throw all gauze or whatever you use to clean the boil, in a plastic bag and dispose of it. Have the "patient" shower rather than bath afterwards and use betadine or Tea Tree wash (or any good antiseptic). Good idea to launder washcloths and towels afterwards until all sign of infection is gone. Keep the area covered during the day with a dry dressing lest there is drainage onto clothes.
Wash hands and scrub nails carefully afterwards with antiseptic wash, in spite of disposable gloves, just to be on the safe side.