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Having 4 boils on my legs during first trimester

By Anonymous October 6, 2016 - 5:12am
 
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I have 4 boils during my pregnancy. first month of my pregnancy start at 1 then after it drain i have new again then after draining new boil again now I'm 10 weeks pregnant with new boil coming in my legs in it is almost 2 Inch away with my old 3 boils.

I got 4 boils why I always having this it is been almost 2 months suffering in boils, after draining new boil again,I do shower 2 times a day and eat vegetables and taken folic acid and iron too but is still having this

Is this boil will give my Baby defects? what should i do to stop this
please help and thank you

Regards,
Julllian

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Hello Julllian,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Thank you for reaching out to our community with your concern if the boils will cause any birth defects in your unborn child, and how to prevent boils.

Is your obstetrician aware of them? Did you drain them yourself?

A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin.

The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. . Hairy, sweaty areas are typical sites, as well as areas of friction, such as the inner thighs.

Most boils are caused by a germ (staphylococcal bacteria). This germ enters the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin or can travel down the hair to the follicle.

Julllian, since the boils come back, please speak to your physician about this. I do not think the boils will cause any birth defects, but do check with your obstetrician. I am concerned about why they keep coming back despite good hygiene.

For some people, boils are a recurring problem. In addition to standard treatment, your doctor may try to eliminate or reduce staph bacteria throughout the body. This can include washing up with a special antiseptic soap, using an antibiotic ointment inside the nose, or 1-2 months of antibiotics by mouth, or all three. This presents a problem, since you are pregnant.

Basic ways to prevent boils is:
Hand washing or use of alcohol-based hand sanitizer
Careful cleaning of cuts, scrapes, and other wounds
Keeping wounds covered
Not sharing towels, sheets, razors, etc.

Regards,
Maryann

October 6, 2016 - 8:20am
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