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ask: How can I stop having boils on my inner thigh and buttocks?

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I have tried using Itchammol, Campho-Phenique, Tea-tree oil, and several other remedies, however, I have no luck. This is an embarrassing reoccurence that I have endured for several year...PLEASE HELP!!

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Have any of you been checked for MRSA infection? MRSA in the form of "boils" love to hang out in the groin, armpit, nose, and buttocks area. It's a mild infection of the skin, but should definately be treated by a physician and cultured. The boils will reoccur for years, unless you treat and "try" to erradicate the bacteria from your body.

Plus MRSA is contagious and can get much worse.

January 26, 2015 - 10:33pm
EmpowHER Guest

Sounds great

October 29, 2014 - 12:00pm
EmpowHER Guest

So I should try to use acen face wash down there cause I have a boil and it hurts to sit down

October 17, 2014 - 12:16am
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Use the Neutrogena Acne wash to get rid of it but try to incorporate that into your daily regimen when washing because they do come back but you can minimize the severity using Neutrogena everyday. Also, Echinacea-goldenseal is good too. Combined together they should keep you boil free!

October 17, 2014 - 4:43am
EmpowHER Guest

I have also had them every since I was 20 years old. It started as something on my inner thigh. Now, I get them under my arms, breasts as well as between the thighs and anal area. i'm now 45 and found the best treatment is echinacea-goldenseal liquid. I put the recommended drops in warm water 2 to 3 times a week. Tastes disgusting but i guzzle it fast and its keeps the boils away!

August 28, 2014 - 7:32pm
EmpowHER Guest

I started using a facial cleanser that had acne medicine in it. It cleans out poors and has medicine to treat and prevent acne. I know that boils are caused from oil and dirt in a clogged pours. So everyday while in the shower I would wash my inner thighs with it and after a week or 2 I had smooth healthy looking inner thighs plus no boils. I used Neutrogena oil-free acne wash. It's orange. It's a bit pricey at $12 for a 6oz bottle but it does last a few months. More importantly it solves my boil problem. It's very potent so once a day is plenty. If you have a bad break out of boils then I would do twice a day for a week then back to once a day. Plus wash while in the hot shower your pours are open. You can just add that to part of your shower routine.

June 18, 2014 - 10:39am
EmpowHER Guest

I too have had that problem for over 10 years. But I noticed when I was smaller and my thighs didnt rub together as much that i had fewer occurances. Also had less occirances when my appartment didnt have a shower so i could only take tub baths.

January 8, 2013 - 6:41am
Christine Jeffries

Hi MizLadiKim,
Glad you are getting some relief from home remedies. Keeping up with those treatment and prevention methods may help keep it under control and avoid large outbreaks.

In the event you do have an outbreak, even without insurance and especially since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, you should be able to see a doctor if needed. Here are a couple links to help you locate public programs and state agencies providing care to underinsured patients like you.
Check it out:

January 6, 2011 - 9:35am
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Anonymous (reply to Christine Jeffries)

Hahahahah really? Affordable Health Care? You must be joking.

October 18, 2014 - 4:48pm
Christine Jeffries

Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. Here is information about treatment and prevention of boils from EmpowHER's condition encyclopedia:
Your doctor can drain the boil if necessary and treat the infection with antibiotics.
Home treatment may include:
Warm Compresses - Apply warm compresses to the boil for 20 minutes, 3-4 times a day. Depending on the area of the body affected, you may be able to soak the boil in warm water. These measures can ease the pain and help bring the pus to the surface. Once the boil comes to a head, repeated soakings will help the boil begin to drain.
Lancing the Boil - Do not pop or lance the boil yourself. This can spread the infection and make it worse. If the boil does not drain on its own or it is very large, you may need to have it drained or lanced by your doctor.
Cleaning and Bandaging - Whether the boil drains on its own or was lanced by a doctor, you must keep it clean. Wash it with antibacterial soap and apply a medicated ointment and bandage. Clean the affected area 2-3 times a day until the wound heals completely.
To help prevent boils:
- Practice good hygiene. Wash boil-prone areas with soap and water or an antibacterial soap. Dry thoroughly.
- Clean and treat any minor skin wounds.
- Avoid clothing that is too tight.
For more information, check out this link: Boils Information
Good luck and let us know how else we may be able to help you.

January 4, 2011 - 9:06am
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