Boils on Buttock Pictures - 4 Photos & Images
A boils looks like a huge pimple that sticks up through the skin. Boils are generally caused by an infection of the hair follicles by Staphylococcus aureus or staph, a strain of bacteria that normally lives on the skin surface. In some cases, boils may develop to form abscesses. It is thought that a tiny cut of the skin allows this bacterium to enter the follicles and cause an infection. Individual boils can cluster together and form an interconnected network of boils called carbuncles. Boils in the armpits can sometimes be caused by anti-perspirant deodorants. The symptoms of boils are red, pus -filled lumps that are tender, warm, and/or painful. A yellow or white point at the center of the lump can be seen when the boil is ready to drain or discharge pus. In a severe infection, multiple boils may develop and the patient may experience fever and swollen lymph nodes. Sometimes boils will emit an unpleasant smell, particularly when drained or when discharge is present, due to the presence of bacteria in the discharge.