Posted by: | 2019/01/21


Recurrent boils - child age 5

What is the reason for recurrent boils and what can be used to prevent it from occurring again?

Expert's Reply


- 2019/01/21

Boils are caused by a skin infection by a germ (bacteria) called staphylococcus or 'staph'. Young children usually catch the first infection from someone in the family or at school where another child may have boils at the time or who is a staph 'carrier' A staph carrier usually carries the staph bacteria in their nose without having any sign of infection. You son must not share a bath with anyone in the family. Put a small amount of Jik in his bath water. Apply Nu-Ban ointment twice daily to the boils and also Bactroban Nasal Cream twice daily in his nostrils. If the boils do not clear after 3 to 5 days, or even get worse your son will need an anti-staph antibiotic from your doctor. Washing hands in the family is essential especially before meals. Everyone should use one of the hand sterilisers after washing their hands with soap and water.

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