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A boil (furuncle) is an infection of a hair follicle. It is usually caused by a germ called Staphylococcus aureus.

A boil looks like a small red lump on the skin that is tender. They usually occur as a one-off in a healthy person.

Treatment commonly involves draining the pus and/or taking a course of antibiotics. If you have recurring boils you are advised to have tests to check for an underlying cause.

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Common Symptoms

Common Symptoms

  • Red swollen lump
  • Pain and tenderness over the lump
  • Discharge from the lump
Common Treatments

Possible treatments we prescribe if clinically appropriate:

  • Flucloxacillin 500mg Four Times Per Day - 7 Day Course £2.60
  • Erythromycin 250mg Four Times Per Day - 7 Day Course £1.88

Prices shown are cost price of the medication, taken from the British National Formulary 2016, and are given as a guideline. Pharmacies will add on a dispensing fee to this which will vary considerably, so it is worthwhile phoning around to compare prices.

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