Understanding Skin Abscesses

Are Boils Really Contagious?

Simply, the answer is YES! The pus that is found inside of boils can easily be spread from one person to the next. This pus contains harmful bacteria which causes the boil. When this pus comes into contact with another individual, so does the harmful bacteria that caused it.

The harmful bacteria in pus is called Staphylococcus Aureus. BUT, it's important to understand that simple contact cannot cause a boil to develop. The bacteria has to enter another person's skin through a cut, scrap, or other abrasion.

What Is A Boil?

A skin boil is a type of infection that is found in a hair follicle. It can also be referred to as a skin abscess, because it's a localized infection deep in the skin.

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At the early stages a boil will redden and become tender to the touch. These abscesses start out less than an inch in size. Overtime, the skin will become hard and firm. The size of the abscess will become much larger.

The center of the boil will begin to soften and become filled with pus. Pus is actually a combination of the boil bacteria, proteins, and your white blood cells.

As your body tries to rid itself of the skin abscess it will send white blood cells to the site of the infection. This mixes with proteins and the boil bacteria forming pus. This pus will form a head which will spontaneously drain out through the surface of the skin.

Where Do Boils Form?

The most common places for boils to appear on the skin are:

  • Buttocks
  • Shoulder
  • Armpit
  • Neck
  • Eyelid (more commonly referred to as a sty)

Can I Spread Boils On My Own Skin?

YES, as we just discussed boils are spread through bacteria entering the body. If the pus from your boil comes into contact with other areas of your skin that are weakened due to an abrasion, more boils can develop.

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Tips To Prevent Bacteria Spreading

  • When you attempt to drain your boil be sure to cover close areas of the skin to avoid the pus from coming into contact anywhere else on your body.
  • Avoid baths when you have boils. Instead opt for a shower. When you bath the harmful bacteria found inside your boil can exit into the bathwater.
  • Practice good hygiene by not sharing any wash clothes or towels when you are infected.
  • Consistent use of anti-bacterial soaps and proper disposal of bandages are important to limit the infection from spreading.

Treatment Options

When you have boil you can feel constant itching, stinging, inflammation, and over sensitivity to that area of the skin. As the boil develops on its own the symptoms will get worse.

Using BOILX, which is an over the counter boil relief spray, you can limit the symptoms of your boil. This works great to reduce sensitivity, inflammation, redness, itching, and works to stop the pus from forming.

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A simple spray application under the tongue for quick absorption into the blood stream allows BOILX to quickly get to the site of your infection. This provides almost instant relief and starts fighting the infection at the source.

BOILX cannot only stop the symptoms of boils, but it can stop them from forming before they create huge pus-filled painful pockets under the skin. If you feel a boil coming on reach for BOILX and make sure that it goes away fast and painlessly.