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What are boils?

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Boils is the most common type of skin infection. It’s usually caused by staph bacteria. It’s a pocket of pus that forms over a hair follicle or oil gland. Your skin gets red and swollen. If it breaks open, pus likely will drain out.

From: Do I Have a Skin Infection? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 19, 2017

SOURCES:

TeensHealth from Nemours: “Cuts, Scratches, and Scrapes,” “Impetigo.”

Seattle Children’s: “Should Your Child See a Doctor: Would Infection.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Is that eczema or an infection on my child's skin?” “Ringworm.”

Mayo Clinic: “MRSA infection,” “Staph infections.”

CDC: “General Information About MRSA in the Community.”

New York State Department of Health: “Preventing Skin Infections.”

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on October 19, 2017

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