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Acne Boil or something serious?
An_246060 posted:
Just recently, I got a boil on my nose and it has become red and big.

I'm doing warm compresses on it but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. It really does look terrible and I'd like to know what you guys think i should do.

I'd post a picture but its just very...bad looking.

It created a bump on the upper side of my nose and I really don't know what to do anymore.
This is the 5th or 6th day its been there.
Mohiba K Tareen, MD responded:
Dear An,
It could be an inflamed cyst, an abscess, a staph infection or several other conditions.

Do you have a fever, tenderness, or pain?

Call your doc and get in for potentially a culture, drainage, antibiotics, or an injection.

Please keep us posted.

In the meantime, a small amount of benzoyl peroxide gel or cream applied to the spot may help.
Iamgoobypls replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
it was pretty painful a few days ago along with a really bad headache but I have non of the symptoms at the moment.

with the warm compresses, it shrunk it a bit but its still there and the skin feels very...odd.

Could it get worse?
wheresalltheusername replied to Mohiba K Tareen, MD's response:
Thank you so much for your advice! I went to the doctor and I received an injection for my boil and throat infection plus some Clindamycin. My boil is pretty much gone, I'm only dealing with the peeling skin at the moment.

Once again, thank you so much!
Mohiba K Tareen, MD replied to wheresalltheusername's response:
Thanks so much for the update! I am happy that you are better.
Olivia_WebMD_Staff responded:
In addition to what you all have shared, here are some links from WebMD about boils that I hope will be helpful:

Boils Overview

Boils Slideshow (with pictures)