Recurrent boils are usually caused by a stphylococcal infection. This organism is very adept at hiding, especially under the finger nails and in the nose. Treating the boils, without treating the places where the organism hides away at the same time, often lead to recurrent infections. The most important thing is to try and eradicate the organism. (Flucloxacillin anti-biotic for 7-10days, with Bactroban ointment ALSO applied in the nose and careful brushing of the fingernails with an anti-septic solution during this period is usually sufficient) Children who are otherwisse well, usually build up some resistance after a few months.
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