What Is A Boil On The Belly?
A boil on the belly is a type of skin infection caused by bacteria or viruses. There are different types of boils on the body. Some types are easy to treat with antibiotics, while others require surgery to remove them.
Boils on the body may appear anywhere from small red bumps to large blisters. They usually start at one area of your body and spread throughout your whole body.
You might notice some pain when they first occur, but it soon goes away without treatment.
If left untreated, these boils can cause severe damage to the affected areas of your skin and organs such as:
Blistering (bleeding) of the affected area(s).
Tenderness of the affected area(s).
Swelling of the affected area(s).
Loss of feeling in the affected area(s).
Skin cracking in the affected area(s).
If you notice these symptoms occurring in you or your child, seek medical help immediately. A treatment plan can then be created to determine the best way to get rid of the boils on the belly.
What is a Boil?
A boil is a skin infection caused by bacteria that enter through a break in the skin and multiply under the skin. They are also known as furuncles.
Boils look like red, swollen lumps under the skin and feel tender to the touch. The surrounding skin may be red and you may feel general discomfort.
The type of boil depends on where it appears on the body. Different types include: Spider naevus: These appear as small, red lumps that have black or dark centers. They most often occur on the shoulders, legs and trunk.
Furuncle: Also called a burst boil, this appears as a red lump that becomes painful and swells. It may be surrounded by red, inflamed skin.
It can occur anywhere on the skin but most often affects the back and shoulders.
Crusty boil: This type has a yellow crust around it. It is often confused with a spider naevus or cyst, but does not have a central black dot.
Hidradenitis suppurativa: This type of boil affects the armpits, groins or the area under the arms. These boils often recur and are very painful.
They can cause scars on the skin. Acne is a related condition that involves blocked pores, which may lead to small red lumps that resemble boils.
Boils are not contagious, but people with poor immune systems, especially children and older people, are more likely to get them.
How Do You Get Boils?
Boils are caused by bacteria entering the body through small cuts or scratches. When bacteria get under the skin, they multiply and produce toxins. The immune system sends more blood to the area to fight the infection. This leads to a red, swollen lump under the skin that you can feel and see. If a boil bursts, it causes extreme pain immediately and you may also feel nauseous. These signs mean you need medical help straightaway. After a few days, the skin turns yellow and a fluid-filled sac may form in the center of the lump.
The most common types of bacteria that cause boils include: Staphylococcus aureus: This is found on the skin or in the nose of about a third of healthy people. It releases toxins that multiply in hair follicles or pores and cause swelling.
Hafnia alvei: This is a common type of bacteria that lives in the intestines and rarely causes problems. It can cause skin infections if the skin is broken, such as with boils.
Proteus: This type of bacteria is found in the intestines and urinary tract. It causes boils in people who take certain types of antibiotics that kill protective bacteria in the body.
These can allow other types of bacteria and yeast to grow and cause an infection.
Boils can be caused by physical trauma such as from a cut or insect bite that penetrates the skin. They may also be caused by friction from tight clothing, such as underwire in bras.
Boils can commonly appear after an injury, in children and the elderly, and in people with lowered resistance to infection due to HIV or cancer, those taking steroid medication or those who have had organ transplantation.
What Are the Types of Boils?
There are many types of boils that affect people in different ways. The most common types are:
furred tongue (muccous cyst)
A furred tongue, also known as a mucous cyst, is a common benign growth that appears on the top of the tongue. They are small and painless and usually clear or white in color.
They may have a small core of dead tissue in the center.
Cysts are round, smooth lumps that form on the skin when a sac develops around air, mucus or another substance. These types of cysts occur most frequently on the face and scalp.
They appear as firm, round lumps under the skin that are usually not painful.
These types of cysts are harmless and painless. They are caused by a blocked sebaceous gland, which normally lubricates the skin.
The blockage causes the gland to swell and form a lump under the skin.
These are non-cancerous, harmless growths that appear on the skin. They are soft and hang from a narrow stalk.
Skin tags may occur singly or in clusters. They are found mostly on the eyelids and in skin creases of the neck, armpits and groin.
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