Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Includes Expert Content
    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)

    Featuring Experts

    Mohiba K Tareen, MD is a board certified dermatologist who has an innovative practice in Roseville, Minnesota. Tareen Dermatology ( www.TareenDermato...More

    Helpful Tips

    Be the first to post a Tip!

    Expert Blog

    Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon - Robert Kotler, MD ,FACS

    Dr. Robert Kotler gets beneath the surface to discuss selecting a cosmetic surgeon, computer imaging, celebrity makeovers and more...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.