Stay Clean, Boils are mean!
Amanda Smith, Period 7
A furuncle, more commonly known as a boil, is a skin disorder caused by Staphylococcus aureus and other bacteria and fungi. The bacteria or fungi sits on the surface of the skin and when a hair follicle is damages, it can enter deeper tissue.
How do I know if I have a boil?
The boil is generally the size of a small pea, but in some cases has been recorded to be the size of a golf ball. It develops with a white or yellow center called pustules. Boils tend to weep, leak, and crust. The symptoms of furuncle development can include fatigue, fever, general ill-feeling, itching pre-development, actual development of furuncle, skin redness or inflammation around the area of infection.

I detected a furuncle, now what do I do?

Because furuncles are combined with mild pain and itching, they need to be treated. Dealing with the discomfort of this presence on your body can be difficult as well as the unsightly appearance depending on where it is located. Furuncles finally burst, drain, and then heal on their own. This process usually is completed in about two weeks. In order for boil’s to heal they must drain before they can heal. To insure a speedy drain one should use warm moist compresses to soak the boil several times a day. If boil’s are larger and do not heal with regular treatment, a health care provider must be aware so they can surgically remove the abscess.

Should I contact a doctor?
A health care provided is definitely nessicary if the abscess appears on the face or spine, are reoccurring, do not heal with home treatment, result in a fever, creates red streaks extending out of sore, releases large fluid, or any other unusual results. These complications would need to be treated by professionals.
How do I protect myself?
The best way to protect oneself, is maintaining regular personal hygiene. Antibacterial soaps can help you to prevent furuncle development as well as germ-killing washes.
Am I in real danger?
Well, like most skin disorders there is a risk involved without the proper treatment. More common in third-world countries with less health care, deaths occur due to furuncle complications. In Barbados, there are 7.17 deaths per one million people due to this. However, in the United States the risk of furuncle related death is low, averaging at about .53 deaths per million people. As long as you reciece the proper care, boils should not be a danger to you.
What does furruncle look like?
http://meded.utmb.edu/pathoimages/large/inflam/furuncle.jpg
http://www.skinsight.com/images/dx/webChild/furunculosisFuruncle_28459_med.jpg
http://www.health-res.com/EX/08-01-09/Keith_2006_02_23_600x450.jpg
http://i.ytimg.com/vi/vCiWvJZt4AQ/0.jpg
Where did you learn this?
"Statistics about Boil - WrongDiagnosis.com." Wrong Diagnosis. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. <http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/b/boil/stats.htm>.
"Furuncle Medical Information." Drugs.com | Prescription Drugs - Information, Interactions & Side Effects. Web. 25 Oct. 2010. http://www.drugs.com/enc/furuncle.html.