Boils Topic Guide
Boils: A boil is a skin infection that is caused by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus. Fever, swollen lymph nodes, and red, painful, and swollen skin are symptoms of boils. A boil may be treated with warm compresses and soaking the boil in warm water. The boil should be washed with antibacterial soap once it starts draining.
Staph Infection Staphylococcus is a type of bacteria that causes infection (often called a "Staph infection"). Staphylococcus can cause infections in almost any organ system in the body. Symptoms of visible staph infections are a redness, swelling, tenderness, pus or crusty covering at the site of infection. Bacterial culture is used to test for staph infection. Surgical and/or antibiotic treatment is used.