Are boils painful?


Yes, boils are painful. A boil is a red, swollen, painful lump under the skin. It often looks like an overgrown pimple. Boils are often caused by infected hair follicles. A boil can become large and cause severe pain. The face, neck, armpits, breasts, groin and buttocks are common sites.

A boil starts as a painful lump usually about half an inch in size. Over the next few days, the lump becomes softer, larger and more painful and a pocket of pus forms on the top of the boil. These are the signs of severe infections.

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