What is the main cause of boils?


Boils are usually caused by a bacteria called Staphylococcus (staph). Some staph infections develop into abscesses and can become serious very quickly. This germ can be present on the normal skin and enters the body through tiny breaks in the skin or by traveling down a hair to the follicle.

The tiny breaks in the skin may be caused by cuts, scrapes, shaving, ingrown hairs, insect bites, or even skin diseases or conditions. The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders and buttocks. These health problems make people more susceptible to skin infections.

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