Boils Topic Guide
Boils: A boil is a skin infection that is caused by bacteria, usually Staphylococcus. Symptoms of boils include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and red, painful, and swollen skin. 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.
Boil vs. Pimple Boils and pimples are both skin infections. Staph infections may cause boils, while pimples are caused by blocked oil glands. Signs and symptoms of boils include fever, pus drainage, and skin redness. Signs and symptoms of pimples include black spots on the skin, white pustules, and larger hard, red nodules under the skin. Treatment of boils involves applying warm compresses or surgical drainage by a doctor. Pimple treatment incorporates over-the-counter application of products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid.