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Painful lump on inner thigh , heat boil

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I have a painful lump on my inner thigh. It starts with a small boil and then it grows till the skin across the boil become large ,red and swollen. It is painful when I touch it. Is it a heat boil? Will it subside if I use some antiseptic cream?

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replied August 13th, 2010
Womens Conditions Answer A15261
Hi! Many thanks for your question on eHealth forum!

You can treat an abscess or a boil by applying a warm cloth to the area. This encourages the pus to come to the surface and drain. Once the boil has drained, the area should be washed with antibacterial soap and an antibacterial cream applied and kept dry, bandaged and sterile. It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage. Do consult your doctor preferably a skin specialist.

However, if you have any medical problems like diabetes, please consult a doctor, and do not wait for it to heal. Also if the boil appears to spread, the area around it becomes progressively red, the also consult a doctor. This may need incision and drainage. Hope this helps. Take care!

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