Posted by: Pixie | 2004/10/28



My child is 6 years old, and suffers from recurring boils. She is on tissue salts which help clear them up but dont keep them away.

Is it something she is eating, drinking or doing? What causes them and how do I prevent her from getting them, as they are very painful for her.

Need advice, please help!!!


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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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Posted by: dr anonymous | 2004/10/30

It is NOT normal to have boils at this age.

Before I even ask you any further questions, I suggest you see a paediatrician.
You did not mention how many, where they are located etc.

It sound like it could be "Staph. Impetigo" but you must be more specific.
Depending on all the above info, the treatment will differ, so involve your doctor today.

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