These boils are bloody and painful, and I get them often, on both breasts. This makes me uneasy, as my mom's aunts and now her two sisters are suffering from breast cancer. Do breast boils put me at risk of cancer?
Boils aren't a sign of breast cancer, nor do they increase breast cancer risk. And while it seems there's quite a bit of breast cancer in your family, your own personal breast cancer risk isn't actually higher at this point; only if your mom or a sister is diagnosed with cancer would your own risk go up appreciably. So, while it's always good to be aware of changes in your breasts, you really don't need to worry about any relationship between boils and cancer.
At the same time, I'd find out what can be done about preventing and/or successfully treating those painful boils. For more on that, please read our post, Breast Boils: What They Are, How to Treat Them. Understand that these boils have nothing to do with weight, hygiene, or anything else that's under your control; they're the result of an underlying condition. If you haven't already, you should definitely see a doctor. He or she can recommend a dermatologist or other specialist who can prescribe some treatment. Good luck.
Rakhi, you definitely need to be aware of breast changes, due to your family history. But recurring boils on both breasts aren't a breast cancer symptom. For help with this, please ask your GP or family doctor to recommend a dermatologist or other specialist who can prescribe some treatment. Good luck - PJH
Hi i have been getting these things that look like boils under my breasts and sometimes even on the top of the breast for a few years now. I have tried antibiotics and it did not work, i try to keep the area clean with antiseptic soaps and nothing stops it. I wish i had n answer that would help, they get really red and sore, the outside edges get hard and it usually bursts leaving a hole in the center which ends up being a small scar. The stuff that comes out isnt usually blood at first but really brownish/greenish thick stuff with an aweful smell, once that stuff is all out it then becomes bloody. I am so tired of these and it feels like i am dying or rotting from the inside of my body..i know this is graphic but i want to be as honest as possible so that anyone else that has this problem can relate and not feel like you are the only one. The typical size of the "boil" is as big or bigger than a quarter or silver dollar. Is this what you are experiencing? I have been told a few different answers from a nurse telling me that heavier women get them from sagging breasts where the underside rubs against the skin, and even been told it is a cleanliness issue (good greif). I wish i had an answer for you then i would have one for m. I hope you get better, sorry..Judy
Hi I'm 16yrs old and the same thing you got i get them to and i dont even want to be sexually active because i get them so bad on my breast and i dont like wearing girly shirt everytime my friends see me im in a tshirt i feel nasty and have no confidence in myself at all and wish i could go all away.
Hi I am 17yrs old and i am not sexual active ither but i have been getting the bumps or boils whatever you want to call them for the past cople of years and I just wish they would go away i know how ya feel girly, I can barly stand to wear a bra anymore and i feel so self contous when i dont wear one i have been missing out on alot of school because I can not bring myself to wear a bra in the morning because it hurts so much.
hi there i am 23 and have large breasts and also suffer from the exact same thing the boils and the gooey greenish smelly stuff its soo horrible and hurts like hell sometimes i went to the doctor and he gave me tablets to take for them but didnt work. for the last few weeks i have been wrapping my breasts in a bandage with savlon or sudacrem creme all over my breasts and obviously washing very regularly i have been washing and re-applying the cream and bandages around 4-6 times a day just depends on the heat and how sweaty u get and stuff but anyway it seems to be working i still get the odd 1 or 2 boils but nowhere near what i used to get a few weeks ago (around 15 boils) i must stress i am a large lady but i am very clean so i believe it is caused by sweat not dirtiness on my part and im sure on yours also. please dont feel oike you are the only one that this is happening too.
take care and let me know how u get on
I am so glad I looked here. I am 39 so much older then most of the girls posting here, I have only recently started to suffer from boils on my breasts, I now do believe it could be wieght gain , however I used to suffer from these boils between my legs but as a child I had them on my buttocks too. I also suffered acne, I am sorry but I do believe its all related somehow. I no longer have acne but every 10 years or so it seems the boils/cysts seem to move around my body. I wish someone could help me, believe me as I am sure every teenager could relate I am glad its not on my face anymore but its no more sexy on my boobs or on my thighs or butt.
Hi, I am 29 and just recently had a baby boy he´s 7 weeks old now. I have been getting these boils since I was 12 when I first started my period. I belive as well that it has something to do with sweat, but also I think it may have something to do with high estrogen levels as well. Since I´ve had my baby these boils have become uncontrollable and more painful than usual. Before I would only get maybe one or two at a time, under my breasts, between my thighs, or on my butt. But, now I have at least 4 under each breast, and am getting them on top of my breasts as well, plus 2 or 3 between my legs. Every time I have seen a doctor they act as if I have something they have never seen before and have no idea how to treat them, except to say I must live with them. The scars are horrible I hate them, but my husband is very understanding and has never made me feel bad or ugly for them. However now they are making breastfeeding very painful, I don´t want to even lift my breasts for my little guy, I will not give up breast feeding over this but I am desperately seeking some sort of remedy, I read on one website that you can put a peice of bacon fat on them and cover it with a band-aid at night and sleep with it, supposedly this should make them come to a head and release. I´m so desperate I think I´m going to try it. Besides maybe Daniel will like bacon flavored breastmilk :)
hello, my name is dale my wife gets the exact same thing under her breasts she is recently taking several tests for breast cancer,it has caused alot of problems in our marriage please share with me what you have found out thus far it would be greatly appreciated!!!!! thank you Dale Smith
Dale, I hope they figure out what's causing these boils; they must be painful. And being tested for cancer is stressful. Please, both of you, take DEEEEEEP breaths, and remember why you got married; you're still the same people, though you're going (together) through a serious health challenge. Time heals; keep that in mind, OK? Good luck - PJH
Today my dad is in the hospital with a condition called "hydradenitus". This is a very painful disease/bacterial infection. They form what they call sinus tracts. they tend to look long but sometimes round. He is becoming immune to antibiotics. The only thing they can do for him is lance/ break open the boil. It affects his thigh, butt @ groin area. As for that nurse she has no idea in what she's talking about. This is not a cleanliness issue. My dad, kidding aside, takes at least 2 showers a day to try and sooth the pain and keep them clean. Most doctors have no idea what this is and in my research they say it usually takes 10 years to diagnose. I am online right now trying to find anything that might give him relief. So far no cure and no known course of action. I hope that you do not have this but I wanted to give you an idea of what you might be looking at.
Here is a link for you to look at: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1073117-overview
This is a condition called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Look it up through Google and you can find plenty of information about it. I have been dealing with this for almost 5 years, starting in the groin and buttocks and now on the underside of my breasts. I had my first boil as a child at the top of my butt crack. These boils did not start reappearing until I was in my 30's. The same one I had as a child has repeatedly come back.
The biggest one on my breast had to be marked during a mammogram and was visible on the films at 1/4" deep and over an inch wide.
I have been using vitamin/herbal remedies combined with heat treatment and drawing salve when they open. I take a combination of Lysine and Calium/Magnesium daily. This keeps the occurrence of the boils to a minimum. When they do occur, they are much smaller and easier to manage. I double up on the Lysine and Cal/Mag when they occur.
I apply moist heat to the area 2-3 times a day to bring the boil to a head. When it opens I apply a bandage with Ichthamol drawing salve twice a day to draw out the yuck.
You can buy Lysine, Cal/Mag and Ichthamol at your local drug store. The Ichthamol may be kept behind the pharmacy counter and you would have to ask for it. If they don't recognize the name Ichthamol, tell them you need boil drawing salve or black tar drawing salve.
Don't pinch or squeeze the boils. The contents of the boil will travel under the skin along 'sinus tracts' and just create another one as well as making the boil more painful.
Print out information on Hidradenitis Suppurativa and take it to your doctor. You should then be referred to a dermatologist.
There are also support groups online available. I know there is one on YahooGroups.
Hope this information helps someone!
A suggestion - Stop using soap of any kind on or by the affected area - use only plain water and a clean washcloth to gently cleanse the area. Use only water while your current outbreak heals. No soap, no bubble bath... I believe we all are having a severe reaction to some ingredient in the bath products. I'm a bubble bath nut and have had a terrible time with these boil-like things. Then went to plain water recenty and haven't had one occur in six wees now. I can use soap for my face and underarms, but only water everywhere else. I strongly suggest you try it as an experiment.
i must say first WOW....I thought I was the only one dealing with this..I have the boils on my breast huge ones that burst and have green black and blood come out of them that does smell. it leaves a hole and a scar.I have been dealin with this for 7 yrs now and I am starting to get them in other places like my stomach and between my legs.. and no one can tell me what it is! And none of the meds, or body soaps have worked...All they say is your over weight, your breast are big, keep them cleaner and wow what a boost of confidence that is this isn't right to me, this effects my everyday life i don't even want my husband of 11yrs to see me without my top on. I shouldn't have to live like this or have this pain or go through so many bra's ( I'm sure you guys know what I am talking about I have to bleach mine to get the blood stains out and the smell...NOT COOL)..I feel for all of you and i hope we find our answers soon....i am though glad to have found I am not the only one...i hope each and everyone you get feeling better and please let me know if anyone finds something that works as I will do the same..
My son and daughter used to get them when they were babies and my brother and nephew had the same things but theirs popped up on the arm, inner thigh, and waistband.....he thought he had been bit by a spider but when he went to the doctor they said that it was MRSA....i don't know if they r the same as what my kids had on their butts, and under the butt cheek but the doctor gave me a cream called BACTROBAN......not quite sure on the spelling but it had to be prescribed from the doctor..it does work very well....so i would ask the doctor if they think that it could help.....hope this was some help....good luck!!
Hi, everyone. I'm 30 yrs old and just started to get these pain in the u know where, boils on my boobs. I have gotten boils before so that is nothing new. They seem to move from place to place. I have had them on my inner theighs, wasit area, the butt check area and now on my boobs. I have done lots of reading on boils an what causes them. But nothing shows a sure way to get rid of them. My grandmother (god rest her soul) told me a couple remedies, that seems to work for me.
1. Take vitamin E every day-gotten fewer to near of no boils from taking this. It's not something that works over night. I get them because lack there of taking the vitamin E.
2. Take bacon fat and crush pepper corns, place on boil and cover. I'm not much of a fan of this one, I have tired it one time. It takes longer to work as well.
3. Use the skin from the inside of the egg, place on boils and cover. The egg liner will dry, and drain the boil and giving u pain free draining. It will drain everything from the boil as well. The boils that I have used the egg liner on, I have never gotten another boil in that spot again. It will take about 2 or 3 days for it to work, but once that sucker drains u will have a release of pressure. Clean the area after wards, cover if u wish.
I hope I can help someone on here with this.
If you constantly get boils, ask for a referral from your family doctor to a dermatologist. I have heavy breasts and have constant irritation under them as well as polyps. The dermatologist removes the polyps/skin tags usually about once a year. This time I have skipped a year & now I have a darn boil under and nearly between my breasts. I read that a warm tea bag compress for about 20 minutes at a time will help bring the boil to a head. You might want to put a bandaid and som antibiotic cream over it in case it bursts while you are out.
And to the nursing mother, you should check with you doctor about nursing while you have a breast boil. They are very contagious, and a lot of washing is necessary. Watch that your baby doesn't get a boil from accidental contact with yours. I have no idea what it may do to the milk. Do check with your doctor, or ask him/her to recommend a dermatologist. Unfortunately, there aren't enough good dermatologists, and you sometimes have to wait awhile for an appointment.
Wow I thought I was the only one! I understand and sympathize with everything you said, from washing your bras to not wanting to be seen wihout a bra on. I get numerous boils on my chest at the same time, I have been on numerous antibiotics and nothing has changed. My "doctor" has referred me to an infectious disease specialist, so I hope I get an answer. I have always suffered from boils but until I had my daughter I never got them in my breast area. Im glad Im not going through it alone.
Keke, I hope the specialist is able to help you. This sounds like a REALLY tough and annoying issue... Good luck. PJH
Hi Judy, Im 46 and experianced my first boil ever, and it was on the underside of my large breast, that sag...the first boil was last year, I applied antibiotic cream, and took antibiotics oraly....after the boil healed up, which took a few weeks, I started using underarm deoderant, I apply it daily after my shower, it works to keep the under part dry, and I dont get rashes, wasnt sure if the deoderant was doing the trick, as i havent had another boil. Well, last saturday i worked out in my garden, and of course i totally forgot to deoderant my breast, and guess what, Monday I started feeling the "bruise feeling"..thats how it feels to me when it first pops up its ugly self, and sure enough, BOIL......well of course it goes w/ out saying I started up w/ my deoderant again, and im taking my antibiotics, and using the cream, dont know how this one is goin to turn out, if it goes away because it's staying dry by using the deoderant, or if it is goin to run the full gammet.....I will repost when more developes.....no pun intended.....Dee
i dont know how old this post is. but i just wanted to say, i have hydradenitus superitiva, otherwise know as hs... Yes this is a horrible disease that there is no cure for. weight loss, stop smoking and herbs like tumeric ease the pain a little,
i also get "tracks" on my breast ever sence i had a baby.. Its awful and just something most doctors have told me i have to deal with this. however it go so
bad in my arm pit area i had 2 major surgerys. and now am going back to have them look at my breast...
good luck to you all, sorry not much info, if you have hs, do lots of resurch cause most dermotogist have no idea what to do. i took matters in my own hands, formed a healthy life style, taking herbs and suppliments to lower inflamation, long hot showers, anti bacterail soaps and just learning to deal with it
I have just the same issue...I get them under my arms under my breasts, on my thighs as well, It has hendered my sex life so much...my hubby reaaly loves my breasts, but when we are 2 gether ill wear a shirt or keep a bra on because they are so hideous and I dont want him to see them...and that in itself is a job, always having to make sure the boil is not showing or leaking(one i had was sooo swollen it took up part of my breasts and then when it popped it shot out at the mirror and it had a little noise like a pop and there was so much pusss oozing down my belly, it was awful and smelled awful too), or wearing pretty dresses and hoping one does not pop and the ooze dosent show. I did think I was the only one having this issue...It seems as if it is so wide spread...wtf is going on??? I had been getting these since I was a teenager but more recently its become an epidemic, and Ive tried everything keeping it clean constantly, trying to keep something on it so my other boob dosent irritate it further,perioxide, alcohol, iodine,antiseptic towlettes you get from the docs office and yet they still prevail...but I will try the blue soap from nuetrogena and see what happens...untill i get to the doc
Sure hope the doctor can help you with this, Lee - it sounds really distressing... PJH
look up Hidradenitis suppurativa
I have the exact same problem you just describe! I was wondering if it may be cancerous i have been deal with this since i was 17 im now 32!
Boils ease at CVS DRUG STORE (NOT THE NAME BRAND) THE STORE BRAND WILL TAKE THE PAIN ALWAY AND BURST IT QUICKLY!!!!!
No, Kisha, chronic boils aren't cancerous, and don't result in cancer, nor do they increase your chances for breast cancer. But they're certainly a challenge to deal with - you have my sympathy... PJH
I am 40 so I too and one of the older ones too . I just found another one on me this afternoon. I have been getting them every so many months, and it hurts like h***!
It looks and feels like a painful bruise (under my breasts is where mine pops up), with a blister like appearence. When it goes away, I end up with a dark scar and I feel very self conscience about them, but thank God my boyfriend is very understanding, and doesn't get offended by it.
I am not obese, but am overweight and I have had large breasts since I was a teen (40 D and 38 DD). Like you, I also get them on my butt and thighs, and sometimes the inner thighs, near the bikini line area. I used to get scared it was herpes, but I started getting them before I became sexually active.
Breast cancer scares me because I recently found out my grandmother had it but I know it's not it.
What makes it even more so bad, is that I am a medical assistant, and I should know better than self diagnoise things on myself! But I am not working, so seeing a doc is also out.
What I do when I get these painful things is I put Neosporin on a big bandaid and apply it on the boil under my breast. My breasts sag, so the bandaid is hidden, and it also helps cushion it so I can still wear my bras. Big breasted people like me can't go without a bra outside of my home!
But all in all, if I can find some solution, to keep these things from happening, more the better and less the embarrassment and pain!!
Good luck to you all, and let's all hope for a solution!
Hi ! am 25. Its recently and for the first time that I got a boil on my left breast. Was red and very sore for 1-2 days. then after a day, some pus started to come out. applied a regular antibacterial cream. it didnt help much. after the pus came out, the boil naturally went down but not without leaving some blackish scars. and the skin outside has not healed yet completely. its become rough and a very small hole in its centre. I didnt let moisture touch that area till the pus came out. Was very very scared in the beginning. am not relieved yet and I hope it cures as early as possible. I dont know what really causes these things and whats the cure for it either.
Riya, no one seems to have a really good answer for this issue - did you read all the way through this thread, though? There's lots of "real life experience" here youmight find helpful. PJH
i am going to be 38 and i suffer from the same thing but yet a little different. i do what you shouldnt do and take a sterile needle and releave them myself and i get a brownish color nasy stuff with no odor that i know of out of it and use medication right away and bandage it. "and i do use golves" i am very clean and have had this problem since a young child. the "boils" started between my legs and i was an over weight child. as i lost weight they did get better then the weight came back as i started having kids..they then spread from my legs to under my brest and every now and then i get one down stairs. when i was sexually active i would not want the lights turned on and no one to see me...now that marrage has come and gone i now have been with my boyfriend of 5 yrs and its the same thing..it took me up till now to go swimming cause i didnt want no one to see the scares between my legs. i have been to the doctors and she does nothing for me! good luck to all you! hope your doctors are better than mine!
i was a carrier of MRSA and boils are far from MRSA...MRSA looks like a blister and the top of it is very soft. it is so soft if you rub your finger accross it the top will come right off. if you get or think you have MRSA more than once like me you will need to go to the doctors cause you or the one having the issue may be a carrier of it and the doctor will run a test and it comes back in a week and if is MRSA you are correct Bactoban is what they will or should give to put in your nose cause that is where MRSA lives. i use that on my bumps, boils what ever they are and they are better in 2-3 days.. dial soap work good too!
i getting these on my breast as well,i haven't told anyone. I only looked it up today, because i got what i think is one on my ear. Mines are the same as you and some others described pus and the smell is awful. I'm overweight with sagging breast but i feel more informed.
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Glad you found some helpful tips here. If the home remedies don't work, I'd suggest seeing a dermatologist. I hope you soon see improvement.
i am a heavier woman and get these boils at least 4 times a year. i have one now that the DR prescribed me an antibiotic for and is almost gone. i have a mammo tomorrow which i already cancelled once. i think i can deal with it, but if not i will have to make yet anothet appt! i am afraid i have some sort of breast cancer, because i feel like shit. always so tired and feel awful "inside". it's hard to explain.
thanks for your post!
Dayle, don't postpone your mammogram. Just let the tech know about the boil. I bet they will have a way to deal with it. The boils are not breast cancer, but you could have other breast cancer symptoms that the mammogram would find. Chronic infections like boils can drain your energy and so can antibiotics. I always feel run-down when I take an antibiotic. If you skim through all the questions and responses in this very long thread, you will realize that you are not alone with this problem, and you may find some tips on ways to prevent them. You might ask your doctor for a referral to a dermatologist to see if there are other approaches to dealing with boils. I hope all goes well with your mammogram.
I suffer from the same things. I have had them for years and they hurt so bad and leave really ugly deep scars wherever I get one. I have actually done the bacon fat and fatback trick, it does work. The salt in the fat and it being a continuosly moist substance it draws the pus to the surface to balance out the levels of salt being absorbed into the surface of your skin, kind of like osmosis. It's trying to balance your skin back out thinking it's losing moisture so fluid and blood are drawn to the piece of fat so the boil comes to a head much quicker and bursts very soon after. Normally I have to do it for about 2 nights to get the boil to burst and I would recommend keeping a band aid and a gauze pad taped to it along with the fat because they will absorb the pus when it bursts instead of ruining your favorite night shirt with grease from the fat and pus from the boil. I suffer from these under my breasts and on my thighs. I've also tried the antibiotics and everything, even soap that is used for pre surgical procedures and surgical hand scrubbing to help kill whatever bacteria on the skin may be causing it. Nothing has stopped them. I am so glad that I do not suffer alone but I wish no one suffered with them at all.
I get them too. Not only are they painful they are embarrassing! I wish they would go away. It makes me not feel good about myself and it makes me not even want to be sexual or intimate. I was told to try bactrin everyday and that stuff was rough on my stomach and didn't help. I hope you guys find a cure for it!
This is what they called it.
Thanks for the link. Mayo Clinic is an excellent source for medical information. I know it's hard to have a positive body image when you have a problem that affects the way you look, but try to keep in mind that this is a medical issue that doesn't reflect on your character or personality.
I am 32 and I have been having this same issue since I birthed my second son...it got worse after birthing my daughter....and even more worse after I gained weight... some how always wondered if this could be cause by milk in the breasts...I did not breast feed any of my children and never drained any milk from my breast...should I have??? I also have them under my armpit which is where it actuallt started.......about a year ago it had spread to the underside of my breast and they are just as you explain....the smell is awful......and now they are becoming bigger and staying longer....I have tried many things..and a doctor too once to me bigger wemon experince this...and if I loose weight it will go away...after I had my daughter and i did lose aot of weight it did fade away.....i went to a size 14 and now I am about a 16-18 and they are back in full force...it hurts sooo bad sometimes I can't even move!!! I don't have insurance and I need help!! it makes me worry to much...I now have the biggest one ever and it has been on the inside on the underside of my left breast it has popped befor and never drained all the way I assume and it itches a few days after it has poped but it has never went away and now it is big.....In alot of pain!
I have the same issue plus i am type 2 Diabetic which does not help either. I have tried everything and antibotics. I ended up with them on my stomach also last year. had to get 8 of them drained and had mersa on top of it. Was a rough time for me. I have had this problem since i had my first child. I thought it has something to do with my period cycle. Always broke out more around that time of the month. I also get thema round my bikini line and some on my pupic area. I was told to put heat on them and let them pop on their own. any advise would be great!
Darlene, please read our post on breast boils - hopefully you'll find some useful information there. Take care - PJH
Thanks for your feedback here, Richard. Breast boils aren't caused by dry skin, so I don't think the Cetaphil is really the remedy most women are looking for; but I appreciate your willingness to help. Take care- PJH
Hi Rakhi - I have heard of some type of antibiotic that you take regularly that will help the boils stop. I've had a friend that suffered from them for years till this one dr gave her this medicine. A boil is an infection that just grows and grows till pop, it burst and it is quite painful both before and after it bursts.
In the meantime look in the aisle near the acne type soaps and there is an antibacterial bar soap that is blue (I forget the name) or this Noxzema acne product that has antibacterial agents in it and use one or the other when you shower.
I can tell you that these products have done wonders for my cystic acne which is simular in nature to boils.
I hope that they help you just the same. Or ask your dr about Levaquin (?) it's an antibacterial type of antibiotic.
Hope you can get some help for those boils and put a stop to them once and for all and not have to worry about lumps and cancer when it's just a boil.
Hi, I read the comments to Rakhi about the boils on her breast. I've suffered with this boils on my breast since I was a teenager. I'm now in my mid 40's and still suffer. I thank God for the people who gave you helpful, intelligent advise!! I'm going to follow their advise and see how it works for me. I put my comment about my situation on a different site. I didn't get a response after a week, so I asked if there was anyone out there who could help me out. I got a reply alright. The reply was: "If you asked a sensible question, maybe you'd get an answer." Obviously, the A-hole never experience what you and I, and many others have been through. But, perhaps one day it will be her/his turn and they will know exactly what we've been through!! Rakhi, I wish you the best! Mybalance
use apple cider vinegar topically and don't mess or pick at it
It is always quicker to go to your doctor.
This will save hours rather than months of self treatment.
Using teatree oil bathe the boil and ensure you use the most antiseptic hygiene if you treat yourself. Any self punctures ( pin or needle) must be bathed in teatree as you could self inflict blood poisoning. Cleanliness is of the utmost.
After daily shower care, gently dry the sore area well and dab with teatree oil until it stings.
It won't sting much. Wash that towel straight after!
In sensitive areas cover with a tissue dabbed in teatree oil, leave there and replace twice a day.
A visit to a doctor can clear this problem up straight away. You won't even see what comes out!
Thanks for the advice. Seeing a doctor is always the safest course of action... PJH
I am 46 years old and I have been getting boils on my breast, underarms, and private areas since age 10. I've been dealing with these boils for 36 years and there is no rhythm or reason for them. I think I have found a remedy to keep them at bay though. I take 3-4 baths weekly and I put 1/2 cup of bleach (plain bleach, blue label) in my water and it keeps them at bay. If I don't take a bath (but take a shower instead) at all one week, it shows itself. I will start to feel one getting started. So now I make it a point to take at least 3 baths weekly and I don't have any problems. A demotologist gave me this information about 2 years ago and I don't have them like I use to. Granted you will have to moisturized you body with some really good lotion (and vaseline) afterwards because the bleach will dry out your skin, but I'm willing to sacrifice dry skin for no boils. Also, always always use Dial soup. I like other soaps, but I always use Dial soap on my first wash and then I use another soap. Try this and give me some feedback on your outcome. I hope this helps you!
Take care ladies...and we will get through this!
Rhonda, thank you for sharing your experience. One key here is that this is advice given you by your dermatologist who knows your medical history and who examined your skin. While many people have occasional boils, anyone who has a long history of them like you do needs to see a dermatologist because the issue can be so complex.
I have a condition called HS, Hidradenitis Supprativa. It causes boils under the arms, breasts, groin and buttocks. This is the HS website:www.hs-foundation.org. I have had boils/cysts/lesions lanced, I have been given antibiotics , I have had the effected sweat glands and surrounding tissue removed. The complete removal of the tissue seems to have been the most effective. I am now just starting to try a soap called Phisohex to prevent future recurrences. HS is not caused by a lack of hygene, however people with it can't fight off the bacteria that everyone's skin is exposed to as well as other people.
Thanks for taking the time to add your input here, Sheba. Readers, please check our our boils FAQS for more information about HS, and other causes of boils. PJH
Hi, There is a program that will help you HEAL this issue. I have clients with MAJOR boils for most of their life and went on this program to not have them again. go to www.jointhereboot.com it is a free site with all the information you need.
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hi ive have the same condition as you ive had it for ova 20 years im 32 now ive had the sweat glands removed in my armpits and my groins both arms and both legs i now exactly how you feel ive spent most ov my years in hospital, pain in the !!! lol i was only told about 9 years ago that i had HS. luckily enough since ive had surgery to remove my glands i have not suffered since in my groin and armpit thanx god like.but recently ive had a boil in my left boob its been there for 3 weeks had 3 courses ov antibiotics still hasnt gone it weeps every second but still hasnt gone my doc told me that the only option is to get rid ov it is surgery again :( dont really want surgery under my boob but got to go back monday to c doc again and c wha she says all the best
Wow, you've had a terrible time of it, Marteen - I'm so sorry you've had to deal with this for so long. I hope the doctor can figure out another type of antiboiotic, or something else so you can avoid surgery... Best of luck to you. PJH
Your post was several years ago. But Im curious on how the soap worked or did u have to go to doctors for the boils. I suffer to with the same problem. I hope yours got better.
Rhonda, I suspect you've read through this entire thread; I hope some of the information here helps you deal with this clalenging issue. Take care - PJH
Also should mention - our post on breast boils provides a lot of good information, as well. PJH
Thank you, thank you, thank you. I thought I was the only person this horrible thing could be happening to. The HS site is most helpful, and the pictures, though graphic, are great for identifying if what you've got is what's in the pictures. I thought, "Yep, mine look just like that," at almost every one.
Yes I am not alone. I have been suffering from this skin disease for three years. Unfortuantly I havent been able to seek medical attention due to no insurace and money.
In the past year I have decided enough is enough. I wrote down all that has happened in my life in the past three years. I have learned that I had endured lots of stress and weight gain. I decided to start exercising. I also changed my diet. I cut out soda and sugary drinks. Drank nothing but water. I also cut out greasy food. I started loosing weight steadily. A lot of my stress started disappearing as well.
Before I started my exercise I use to have 5 reoccuring boils that appearred in the same spot under my arms. Since I have started my exercise I have only have had 1 boil under one arm.
Im going to continue this routine and hopefully they disappear completley!! Please dont give up hope. Change little things here in there and maybe you too can see a difference. Dont let this take control or your life. Wish everyone good luck!!
As I read through all of the horror stories about the boils and staff infections I felt drawn to post a comment, be it long, it is worth posting. I began to get boils as a child in areas like my buttocks, legs, back etc. My father would hold me down and lance them, then my mother would cover them with black salve to make sure all of the "head" was out. My mother used to say I had bad blood and she would give me cream of tartar tablets, however they are no longer for sale in the same forms, so I am unable to use them as an adult. As I became a teenage they localized to my buttocks and inner thighs. If one became too large, I would go to the Dr. and have it lanced and packed. Of course, always recieving rounds of antibiotics such as Doxycycline or Tetracycline. These meds helped but did not cure the ongoing problem. I was referred to an infectious disease Dr. She had me to begin taking a drug used for tuberculosis at 1000 mg. per day along with 1000 mg a day of doxycycline, and 1000 tetracycline. I tried the regimen for about one month, however it began to reak havoc on my stomach which excuberated the boils due to the stress.Discontinued that regimine. Each time I have a boil, I have learned to use the warm compress to bring it to a head and if it doesn't get better I call and have the Dr. call in some antibiotics, which has now become Bactrim. I have consulted with a surgeon about removing the glands, as a friend of mine had this done to eliminate the boils, but after about a year she indicated boils had begun to return .Four years ago I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, but it was not near any of the old sinus tracts or boil sites. However my Breast Oncologist indicated he may be able to helo me with the boils but agter my treatment was finished. I took 4 round of a 3 drug chemo and tow rounds of a 4 drug chemo mix. 6 months in all. During this time the boils recurrence SIGNIFICANTLY reduced. I had maybe one boil during the whole six months. WOW This was a record for me.My oncologist also had experimental (patent pending)immune boosting injections that are in the clinicail stages of experiment and I agreed to them and now wish I had even more because these shots definitely helped to make the boils less frequent and less intense. I still get a few but have only had one lanced in the past 3 years since my cancer was treated. I do believe they are hormone related as around my cycle I usually get an outbreak. Immune systems also contribute to these as well as what all the other Dr.'s have said: eat better, lose weight, cleanliness (however washing too much is bad beccause it kills the good bacteria that can kill the bad bacteria that causes boils). I know there is a cure and believe it can be nutrient/deficient based but have not found the right formula. Immune boosting supplements are a great stating point. I want to let each and every one of you know that you are beautiful both inside and out, regardless of how this awful afflicting disease is. I am single and did not date for many years because I never wanted any guy to see those scars and ugliness this has ravaged on my body. I have found though, most men don't care , if they love you, they are understanding and don't mind what your your problems are. I now have the confidence to address any question very directly and expalin the nature of this disease. I can never wear a bathing suit without shorts and never a bikine top all due to this awful skin raviging disease. Remember superficial things will fade and you will need something else beside you looks and beauty to fall back on.There is a support club online at hidrendenitis supprativa just google it, as I am unsure of the spelling. It helps us to manage the disease. May God, peace and love surrond you in the mist of this storm....Oh yea!!!!!!!!!!!I saved the best for last. I am cancer free for two years now!!!!!!!!!!!!I am a SURVIVOR
WOW, Nelson - thanks for taking the time to share your story with everyone here. This is a problem for so many women... I'm glad you've had some success delaing with it. And kudos to you for your outlook. Survive. You're alive - thrive! PJH
I have a boil on my breast, it is red and when it burst they discharge blood. What is this?
hi...i'm 25....i am currently experiencing similar problems...6 months ago i noticed a lump.....a doc looked at it and said it was nothing....2 wks later i went back to c her as the lump got bigger.....she prescribed flucoxillin.....i did 3 course of it.....i went for a breast scan in which they found 3-4 pockets of puss.....which they reckoned should have gone away after the course of the antibiotics.....finally it burst......puss.....and finally blood...sorry if it sounds yucky! anyhow 3 weeks later a bigger lump that burst in 5 places.....still nursing them....been keeping them clean everyday.....but still unable to fully lie on my tummy as my breast ends up sore and the pillow ends up with gooey stuff.....y the way i have a aunt and a great grandmother that have suffered from breast canner and both have passed on......i have an aunt who experiences similar fate as mine.....
Hi, Linda and Mel - Boils can be very painful and, yes, "yucky." They're basically a skin infection (often involving the staphylococcus bacteria), starting in the hair follicles; more serious boils can develop into abscesses. And they can be stubborn to treat, as most staph infections are. The "good" news is, they're not a sign of breast cancer. My advice would be to keep pressing your doctors for treatment until they figure out an antibiotic that works; different types of antibiotics work better for different types of infections (and different people). Good luck to you both - PJH
Hi, I just wanted to say that I am 27, and when I was younger I use to get fever blisters alot on my lip ( u know the sore that remind you of herpies) before being sexually active, it continued for yrs, and when I met my hubby's family, I had one, and his aunt told me to put ear wax from my ear on it. (Ewww,I thought) But as soon as I felt the next one coming up I tried it, and that was the last of my blisters, haven't had one since...Problem is, like the rest of u ladies, I started to get boils, just as you all have described them. I don't know how to stop them. I get them on my inner thighs, back of my thighs, butt cheeks, and chest part of my breast, I am an overweight woman, but I do have good personal Hygeine, it just feels good to know others have the same problem> Thanks for all suggestions. I'm gonna try them all!!
It sounds to me like you might have Hydradenitus supperativa. It is a horrible condition where you get boils on the breast, upper thighs or underarms or any combination of the above. There is no cure, and not a lot of research has been done yet, but many other sufferers often share good information. It appears there is no one thing that works for everyone. try googling "Hydradenitus supperativa". Many sites include pictures which will give you a good idea if this is what you have
hey here, I am having the same problems with one of my breasts, just the other day I had a sore breast and in the the next two days have had redness swelling and very exteme pain, There is a lump which has increased in size and am now thinking maybe it might be a boil. I am going to the doctors tomorrow and am wanting the same for you, I wish us both good luck.
Hi this is the same Judy that asked a question further down in dec 08 its now Feb 2010 and i am still suffering from this same problem. The only progress i have made is that i have learned a name for what we probably have, its called Hydradenitis Superativa or HS .I have been to doctors, emergency rooms and had 3 mammograms. Been given countless antibiotics and creams to no avail. I know now that it is infection in the sweat glands and certain glands can be removed which will stop this disease but only if you get the boils under your arms.There is also a hormone that helps but it has many side effects and for me at age 43 hormones can cause cancer so i would rather live with the boils. I still worry all the time that it will become cancer because there are many large lumps in my breasts that dont come to the sufrace but they dont worry the radiologists that read my mammograms. If you want to find out more about this do a google search on HS and hopefully someday someone will take this seriously and find some way to treat it for us. I am so grateful that it isnt cancer and all of you who do have breast cancer i know your issue is so much worse than this. You all amaze me with your strength and courage and i hope soon they will cure breast cancers once and for all. God bless all of you, keep fighting and thank you for letting people like us vent on your web site. To Rhaki i hope i have given you some answers or at least ways to find out more about whats wrong. I know what you are going through, you aren't alone. Feel free to email me @ email@example.com if you would like someone to talk to. sincerely Judy
I'm 43 and have suffered from boils since I was 16. Just in the last 5 years I have used Oil of Olay Definity pore redefining scrub. It has helped immensely. I went from having 3 to 4 boils on each side to none, after using the scrub for about 4 months. It has helped me. I know how painful they are and the scars they form on your breast. It was hard to even look in the mirror and ever imagine I would ever look normal. Now after 5 years of use, some of the scars are still there but I no longer suffer from boils. I still use the scrub everyday in the shower, under my arms and all around my breast. I do not put the scrub on my nipples or the areola as it is an open pore to my milk glans. I hope this helps all of you.
Thanks very much for taking the time to offer your help here - much appreciated. PJH
i have got to say i feel really relieved right now i know everybody says it but i really did think i was the only one with this happening to ive been too embarassed to even let anyone see my breasts let alone a doctor i have been freaking myself out thinking that i had some rare strand of breast cancer but now that i have read this site just about everyones reply on this matter im going to try theses remedies and if still no result then i will go to the doctor but to everyone who has this "problem" i feel what u are feeling its gross an ugly but that most definantly doesnt mean your gross an ugly i never understood why i get them cause im a very clean person anyways but i figured well maybe if i shower morning and night then it would clear but no i still get them but ive always kinda felt it was sweat related because i have big breasts an its kinda impossible to keep sweat from underneath them 24/7 so i dont know im feeling kind of happy right now so ladies dont get discouraged ur all beautifull :)
I don,t know the answer to your question I wish I did because I have the same problem with my breast but I also get boils everywhere like my stomach and etc.If someone has answers please reviel it thanks
I am 33 years old and I have suffered from this same exact thing. The boils hurt very much and usually develope into staph infections, they get that much out of hand. I wash as much as possible but that doesn't seem to work. Not only do I get on breast, I get under my breast where my stomach is and the underarm. They just keep spreading farther and farther. It seems as though I can not even find the right doctor to tell me what this is. Many doctors have told me that this is just something that some people go through, but it's no worries just try to keep affected area clean. Antiobiotics do not work for crap on me and I am very frustrated. I can not say that it gets worse throughout the years but all I know is that I have been going through this since early 20's. My breast look like a dot to dot page. Is there anyone out there with a PHd to help any of us?
Im am 30 yrs old from Hornlake Mississippi,,I have a boil on my breast but it has not came to a head yet,,this is the second one,,the first one didnt scare me as bad,,but this one is under my breast and I just happen to see it all of a sudden and it became bigger within the hour as I showered,,,I went to sleep and when i woke up it wasnt as swole it had went down,,the area is darkened and discolered,,,,I havent yet made an appoitment for a mamogram,,but I guess I will,,,My husband and sister say its just a boil,,,,havent told my mom yet cause I know she will flip out,,because she been telling me to get a mamogram,,she gets one yearly! my whole family on my father side suffer from these boils,,,dad,brother sister and me the most,,my husband also,,,they mostly come between our thighs,under arm,,on the butt,,this is so crazy,,,this lady say its a sickness that u were suppose to have but instead it comes out in a boil,,I surely hope thats true!
Hi - this doesn't sound like a breast cancer symptom, esp. with your family history (and personal history) of boils. Generally, unless you're at high risk for breast cancer, you wouldn't staqrt getting a yearly mammogram till you were in your 50s; with perhaps an every-other-year schedule in your 40s. So I don't believe you need a mammogram... but you should get this boil treated. It sounds painful! PJH
I have been getting boils/zits/cysts on my breasts ever since I can remember and I am 40 years old. I have large breast 34 DD however I only weigh 130 lbs. Normally I know you are not supposed to do this but I work with them and pop them myself. Up until about 2 years ago when the really large sore one started, it was like a knot in my chest. I was not sure if it was a boil or cyst or breast cancer. So I called my OB and they sent me to get a Mammogram (which I had already been getting regularly because of my size and they are tender regularly). Mammogram came back ok so my OB referred me to a General Surgeon to have them look at the spot. The surgeon removed it and sowed me up and sent the speciman off and it came back from the Lab as oil build up. About 6 months later I had another show up, so I could tell because I had been messing with it, that it was a boil, so I called up the Surgeon and told him I had another spot. He cut that one out. Now these spot are gross when you have to doctor them but they turn out to be just oil buildup, a glorified zit. Well just last December I had another one it was huge and sore so I called him again, this one was really infected, when he removed it he had to leave it open, I am talking about open flesh. Well just this past Monday I had another one, he cut this one out it was in between my breast and deep and sticking out it made everything sore around it. Keep in mind all of these are in different places. I do have fibercystic breast but I do not think this has anything to do with it. I am just trying to figure out how to prevent them. My mother seems to think it is my underwire of my bra. I also get boils in my underwear seams line sometimes, my OB says that it is from
friction and if you wear panty liners or pads the bateria causes them too. I hope this helps. I just need a little info myself.
Ok, ladies, I am glad that I looked this up because I wanted to know that I was not the only one in the world who suffers from this. The first thing I want to say is to the lady who talked about the nurse calling it a cleanliness issue, she should have her license taken away. That is not true in the slightest and probably the rudest thing the woman could have said. That being said, to those of you who do not now the cause or who's doctors say they don't know what causes it, tell them to go to webmd or get a new doctor. A simple google search on causes of boils will tell you that it is a bacteria called Staph (thats shortened btw). It is present on the skin on almost anyone and only causes an infection when it enters the skin through a cut or traumatized hair follicle, and most often in areas of high sweat such as the armpit, groin, buttocks, and breast for overweight women. Also, according to my doctor about 90% of all staph infections are MRSA (antibiotic resistant staph). If you see red streaks around your boil or develop a fever go the the ER IMMEDIATELY as this is life threatening! As for prevention, I have dealt with boils for some time before i learned how to prevent them. I to get them under my breasts and use to get them all the time, most especially in the summer due to the heat. Now, it is only occasionally. First of all, switch your body wash to an antibacterial one. Dial makes antibacterial body wash and has some pretty scents. If you dont use dial, make sure that the bottle specifically says that it is antibacterial. Use this every time you shower, especially in places of high sweat. Second, I have found that when I am sweating a generous amount of baby powder under each breast helps immensely. It will allow your breasts to stay cooler and the skin to slide around easily and will keep hair follicles from getting damaged, therefore preventing another infection. Keep it reapply it as necessary throughout the day. (for those of you who dont know, dont inhale the dust off of baby powder because it can cause lung problems). Also, occasionally I will apply a small amount of sanitizer to the underneath side of both (such as purell). As for a boil in progress, do NOT squeeze it or pop it yourself, that can spread the infection. if it is severe, go to the doctor. a simple warm compress (just a washcloth soaked in hot water, squeeze excess water out does the trick) will help draw the infection to a head and get it to pop. once it pops, after cleaning up the mess it produces, use an antibiotic ointment on a bandaid or i prefer gauze pad and waterproof medical tape cuz it's easier on the skin when u take it off to change it. In any case, any fabric that touches it should be washed. dont let anyone touch anything that you have used and wash hands with an antibacterial hand soap and since i have a two year old i go an extra step and use a hand sanitizer after that. The person who said that it is very contagious is right and can kill u if it enters the bloodstream. Hope that helped! Good Luck ladies!
Wow. I feel better that I am not alone, I am 39 years old, plus size with a hormone dificency woman. I have been suffering from boils since puberty. My boils first started out in my inner thighs (HUGE) then my butt, as years went by occasionally on my stomach,then I started getting them under and on the sides of my breast,then I noticed them under my arm pitts. I have been suffering from these bolis for years. The seem to move in different spots of my body. They have subsided on the inner thighs and butt area but once and a while 1 or 2 will appear,they are primarily under my arm pitts and under and around my breast. I ALWAYS have boils either small,then lead into huge ones extremly painfull. I have had to have one lansed and will NEVER do that again but the boil was so large in my inner thigh and it was pressing on a nerve which effected my walking.That was torture.. I pop them my self and have come so ammuned to the pain,its become a part of my life,the scars are horrible,i feel like a war victim.MY past experience with Dr. are you are over weight and stop using baby powder in those areas,use antibactiral soap and topical ointment,nothing has worked. I read in a medical book many many years ago and read that those that are sustained to boils should stay away from nuts. I have done that and I still get boils noticed if I do eat nuts I will be surprised several days later with a Large boil.I hate ,this luckly my husband is not effected by them . I always use a clean face cloth,towel dailey never reuse.The question I have is If I get these how come they are never in a visable spot. such as my face,hands ,legs.They are so annoying. I have discovered a way to minimize them, by going tanning they seem to dry up faster and clear up faster and dont get as many.NEVER a relief but they do subside. Dr.'s have no clue they say a blood staph infection,and it could have been caused by picking your nose.I wish all those that suffer the way I do get some relief...
You can purchase draw out salve from rite aid store in the ointment section. It's black in color. Put this on a cotton ball and use medical tape to secure the ointment and cotton ball. You dont want to get the salve on your clothes because it stains. Apply the salve for 2-3 days. Take it off when you shower and reaply when you get out of the shower. The salve draws the infection out. Clean it up with peroxide once the boil burst. Keep cleaing it with peroxide until it dries out.
To keep the boils away or reduce the boils you can stay away from some nuts and apply tea tree oil and apply clindamycin phosphate (from your dermatologist).
You may want to be tested for viral infections such test called: HSV-1 or HSV-2 IgM. It sounds like viral infections of the blood.
I hope reading all the posts on this thread give you some ideas about possible treatments.... I'm sorry for your troubles with this condition. PJH
Hello everyone, I came here a couple of years ago, I typed in boils on breasts into Google and was led here. It was with a kind of relief that I read all of the replies, at last I didn't feel so alone with this. That helped a lot. However, the years have gone by and myself or my doctor are no nearer to finding a solution to this horrible problem...until now, I hope! Let me share.
I recently read about the benefits of taking a clove of garlic a day. When you crush or chop a fresh clove of garlic it releases an active ingredient called Allicin which is more powerful than even penicillin and tetracycline. This is without destroying the digestive intestinal flora, which pharmaceutical antibiotics invariably do. It's also effective for TB and even Candida. Also, unlike heavy pharmaceutical antibiotic use, garlic does not diminish the immune system. It actually enhances the immune system.Now, to be honest, I started taking garlic for a gum infection which antibiotics didn't seem to be getting rid off, I have now been taking it for about 10 days. A couple of night ago I noticed that the bumps and boils, which have been present on my breasts for years, had started to vanish! I was amazed, and relieved. I have checked my breasts thoroughly this morning and can confirm a real change has occured. The lumps are getting smaller, most have vanished completely, and hopefully it will not be too long before every trace of them has gone. I admit the 'scarring' is still present, but I seem to have tackled the problem itself. I am hoping that something like bio-oil will rid me of most of the scarring.
I really wanted to share this with you all, in the hope that you too can find some relief. This is a horrible thing for women to live with, I really hope that some, if not all of you, will find what I have if you start taking a clove of garlic a day.
I worried initially about smelling of garlic all the time, but so far that has not happened. What I do is crush and then finely chop the clove on a spoon, get a glass of water ready, then just take it like a tablet, swallowed down with a slug of water...you can also use honey if you would like. It is hot when it hits your tastes buds, but as you are taking it quickly, and with water, it is over in a matter of seconds...and no real garlicy aftertaste.
Check out the benefits of garlic, and then give it a go...you have nothing to lose, and freedom from these horrid boils and lumps to gain. Please, if you do try this and find, like me, that it worked for you, come back and share your experience so other women can be given the chance to feel 'normal' again.
Best of health to all :)
Tashaluna, I'm so very glad the garlic is working for you. Thanks so much for coming back here to share your experience - it's SO helpful to other women going through the same thing to hear f3`eedback from someone who's been there... Best of luck to you as you continue to heal. PJH
hi i just finished reading your post and im desparetely looking for help...I gotta get medical attention tomorrow because my entire breast is inflammed and tender with little discharge from wound site....i am definately going to do the garlic....please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me exactly how this is done....I have suffered all my life...thanks so much
Tammy, please go to the emergency room if you can't get a doctor's appointment; it sounds like you need immediate attention. To contact the woman you're trying to reach, click on her name (in blue) in her original post; this will bring you to a page where you can send her a personal message. Good luck to you - I hope you find some relief soon. PJH
My name is Claire and I'm 20 years old. I've had this problem since I was 14ish. It started with one big boil on my tailbone that hurt so much I honestly thought I broke my tailbone! Since that one boil I've started getting them all over my entire body. Under my arm-pits, thighs, vagina, and especially under my breasts. Through the years I have been determined to find something to make this go away, but I have found NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING. I'm a big girl and always have been, so when I started getting them all of my doctors told me it was from being obese/having diabetes. That's great and all to know why I have it but then I go on to discover that girls who are 115lbs have the same problem?! In the last 6 months I have lost 50lbs and it has not changed ANYTHING about my boil problems.
I feel hopeless. My entire life everyone has been so suprised that I am such a confident person because I'm such a big girl. I honestly look at myself in the mirror and I think to myself how happy I would be, how CONFIDENT I would actually be if I did not have these scars. I would run around with all of my fat jiggilying in front of the queen of england if only I didn't have these scars. It's like the obsessive battle of insecurity. I mean, I want to date someone! I WANT TO HAVE SEX! I want a man to be able to grab my boobs without feeling BUMPS everywhere.
I honestly look at myself and think "Why would anyone want this?" I wouldn't want someone with this. Would you want to be sucking on something that might explode puss all over your face if you bump it the wrong way? NO! How do I try to start a relationship with someone? I can't even shave my armpits anymore due to the ammount of scarring. I have 3 year long armpit hair because if I actually shave my armpit I'll probably rip half my skin off and bleed to death.
How do you deal with this? Why do I have to live with this?
If I ever become a dermatologist, I promise I'll find a cure. Maybe I'll make this my life goal. Anyways, thanks for letting me rant about this horrible disease (well, whatever the hell it is.) If anyone figures out how to actually COMPLETELY GET RID of this let me know.
Claire, rant all you like. That's what this forum is for. I hope you have read this entire thread to see what some other boil sufferers have had at least partial success with. I would suggest you see other dermatologists until you find one who will say more than lose weight. It does sound like boils prefer dark, sweaty areas from what our other readers are saying. So at home wearing loose clothes and no bra might help, but from your description the number and frequency of your boils suggests that home remedies are unlikely to do more than slightly reduce the problem.
My heart breaks for you as you describe what this is doing to your confidence about finding romance. The right person will love you for you. You will find a way to be intimate despite the boils, maybe bandaids to cover them?
But do keep looking for a doctor who will take this problem seriously.
You should definately see your doctor and ask them about Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Here some brief info on it from the Mayo Clinic.
Hidradenitis suppurativa (hi-drad-uh-NI-tis sup-u-ra-TI-va) is a chronic skin inflammation marked by the presence of blackheads and one or more red, tender bumps (lesions). The lesions often enlarge, break open and drain pus. Scarring may result after several recurrences.
Considered a severe form of acne (acne inversa), hidradenitis suppurativa occurs deep in the skin around oil (sebaceous) glands and hair follicles. The parts of the body affected - the groin and armpits, for example - are also the main locations of apocrine sweat glands.
Hidradenitis suppurativa tends to start after puberty, persist for years and worsen over time. Early diagnosis and treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa can help manage the symptoms and prevent new lesions from developing.
Thanks for posting this information. If you suffer from boils, it's definitely worth discussing whether this might be the cause with your doctor. PJH
Hi, I am 20 yrs. old and I too have the same problem as everyone on here (whew thought "I" was the only one). I just want to state that I am overweight/obese (but i look damned good lol ;)), and I ALWAYS have been. I started getting these boils or`bumps under my breast right before my 14th birthday. But before that I was getting these bumps underneath my armpits&innerthighs since I was about 10 yrs. old, and never told my mom or doctor til i was older. When they bussed they resembled yellowish-green pus w/blood afterwards and a aweful smell.
They left holes and severe scaring under both breast (I thought the holes were ulcers, but they healed). As a result I have black&scared innerthighs and armpits as well as serverly scared breast. When I 16 was I finally got the confidence to tell my doctor, and he prescribed me antibiotics. Well, I got the hint that after the third time of "him" prescrbing me antibiotics that "this is not gonna work, you quack" I was refered to a dermatologist. I never went. I have tried everything! As painful& big as these things get, I've just learned to live with them. Some days they would get so big and I would be reduced to tears and ask GOD "Why". In my early teens I didn't have much confidence and was insecure about my body. I couldn't wear certain shorts(because of my thighs), tank tops/holters (because of my armpits), and v-neck shirts/revealing shirts(because of my breast). This also led to me being so anti-social and the fact that I don't like to be touched. But now that I am older I just tell myself "It happens to the best of us" and that if GOD want my body different that's how he would have made me.....I do Have Questions though
I am black so I'm wondering is there any connection between my symptoms and ethnicity?
Is this genetic?
These people writing on here are much older and haven't been experiencing "the problem" long, I on the other hand have had this consistant problem 10 plus years. I've have most of these syptoms in my teens so will it get worse?
Hi - I've never read or heard anything relating boils to ethnicity; so I don't think that's the problem. And boils are definitely a very difficult problem, as you've outlined above; not just physically, but socially and emotionally. I'm sorry we can't offer you much help here; we're breast cancer survivors, not doctors, and aren't really equipped to deal with issues not related to breast cancer.
Would you reconsider visiting a dermatologist? I'd think that would be your best resource. I wish you all the best, and hope you can find some help. PJH
wow i got a boil a few weeks ago and it hurt like he** it poped but now theres a whole and blood all around it but it wont come out is this normal? since then i have gotten 2 more but not as painfull n no blood around them. im glad for all the advise i have read. i was starting to think i was the only one with this.
Boils on breast should taking seriously and discuss with doctors very soon. Because early stage of breast cancer possible to cure, but late can be dangerious.
I've also used ichthammol and it works great. I read about someone having "cystic acne", and I think that's what I get on my face. They're not quite big and painful like boils, but they're DEEP. I use an x-acto knife and push in about half to 3/4 of the blade just above the lump, and since the sharp side is downward, it starts a downward cut. I move in and out just a little as I cut downard, and make about a one-inch cut. It bleeds like crazy, but I'm able to squeeze out the deeply-rooted "head". I then use a band-aid and ichthammol to prevent further infection and pull out anything I missed. The x-acto is as sharp as a scalpel, so the fine smooth cut closes up in hours and heals quickly. The pressure is releived and I'm not compelled to mess with it any more. I used to dig at them with my nails until I got the pus out and I'd end up with a huge scab for a couple of weeks.
Johnny, if you are getting good results using a sterile blade and ointment, I'm glad it's working for you. I would not recommend that others try to lance their own boils. The chances of introducing an even greater infection sounds too risky to me.
Readers, Phyllis is right; please don't attempt this type of "suergery" on yourself, for fear of infectino. Our post on breast boils offers good information about this condition, and what you can do about it. PJH
ok so i havent got it down quite yet but im def able to tell you boil ease and items like that dont work boils are typically from sweat and i wouldnt recommed putting oilly based products on keep them dry and ive been using the green bond powder alone does a great job i get them on my breast on my sides and on my upper inner thigh. bond powder gets rid of them quite fast i also recommed wearing looser ariticals of cloths til there gone and for me mine would get very painful and hot so the ice pac does great to. dont pick if u can help cause the scars are damn near impossible to get rid of
Thanks for adding your feedback here, Samantha - it's so helpful to those dealing with this to hear from others with actual experience. I'm glad the Gold Bond works for you. PJH
I have suffered from these for years. I go to my doctor regularly to keep it in check. I get a good antibiotic to fight the infection from the doctor. The doctor told me wrong fitting bra's and lace on my bra was aggravating my glands, i have noticed a reduction since i stopped wearing lace and improved my diet. Sweat around the breast area and not drying right under the breast can agitated the glands to. There isn't a cure just prevention, there like a way of life to me now, when one is about to start i treat it immediately. Sometimes putting a small plaster over it with a small bit of a good steroid cream helps stopping it getting sore. Id love to get rid of them forever :O)
Thank you for sharing some tips that have worked for you. They will probably help others as well.
I Ran accross this Question because I too have a boil on the side of my breast. I just got one for the first time. I told my mother in law about it and she said I need to becareful because it is a sign of an infection going on in my body.. I have been racking my brain with everyones issues and topical dresses. But personally I dont think it can be healed Topically. We have to find the sourse thats causing it. .. I think it might be something we do that is a habit. And our bodies can't digest Properly. So the chemicals form and cause a boil to get out of the body. Look at a druggy who takes crank and all the sores that come on their face that chemical tryign to get out of their system. Maybe Coffee or Tea or Caffeine something that we digest daily would keep it coming. Oh I would hate to think Chocolate. lol! . That we take assesively. I am a huge coffee drinker. THis is only an idea. But we should defiantley change the way we eat to be healthy... and I know its not always the easiest answer. To change our life style. But I would definately chart everything we digest and maybe cut something out to see if it gets better. THis wil be a long test. :) I pray that GOd will give all you guys a Peace and Healing and to help the marriages that are troubled because of it. GOd Bless.
Teresa, from what we have been reading, boils can result from an infection that starts on the surface of the skin or an internal infection. Since this is your first boil, treating it topically is probably fine. However, if you start getting them chronically, you will want to check in with your doctor. You are absolutely right that eating right is the key to good health. A healthy diet can't cure every problem, but it is a good start.
Hidradenitis suppurativa shows up as clusters of abscesses or cysts on the skin. These can be large or small, are painful to the touch, and frequently become inflamed.
google that and see if you have similar symptoms
because i am happy to finally actually know what it is and not think its something truthfully deadly or an std..
is a good site for many different treatments
Thanks for sharing your info. here - much appreciated... PJH
Tea tree oil soap! Bathe with it everyday stop using all other soaps and just give into the fact that bacteria grows in all those little hidden places on your body. I used to get a new one as soon as the old one healed. On my breast, armpits on my pantyline area. I've been using tea tree oil soap for almost a year and have only had one boil and that was during a time I had ran out and within a week I had a boil. Now I stock up. Check your local healthfood store.
Thanks for the suggestion, Donna. I'm so glad that this is helping you. I know someone else who saw an improvement after switching to an antibacterial soap.
My name is Chyna im 21yrs old and i have been suffering from this horrible disease since i was around the age of 15... After reading thru all of these threads and researching a little ive diagnosed myself with a disease called Hidradentis Suppurativa, since doctors cant seem to find a name for it atleast the ones ive been visiting:(
I get these boils on my arm pitts,breast,stomach,inner thigh,top of inner thigh,buttocks etc. anywhere that u could possibly think of ive had it there...
These things are ruining my life (career & relationship/sex life). As the years go by the more and more they come im starting to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. i quit modeling becuz the bruising seems to be getting worse.. I have been tormented so badly about the bumps and bruising on my breast and butt once to many times im ashame to show my body..
I use to love myself and love my body but its getting harder for me..and im starting to have no hope reading that there is no cure for this.
Ladies and gents i feel ur pain and we all must fight and stay strong and hope for a treatment..
Chyna, I'm so sorry you're going through this. It's a difficult condition, one that's not only painful, but that undermines the confidence you've had in your health, and in your body. This is a breast cancer site, and we're not doctors; I wish I could be more helpful in providing support to you. My one thought would be to pursue this with a dermatologist, if you haven't already; or with a specialist any of your doctors could recommend, one who might knows more about it, and could offer better help than they can. Again, I'm sorry... and thanks for posting your words of support to others here. PJH
I get these all the time myself, years ago my Dr back then put me on antibiotics for 6 months and it helped for quite a few years but the recently started to come back. I'm curious if anyone else gets a fluish feeling with these? I do and I feel so achy until it drains. I really think the pus is toxic and thats why I get that feeling.
Terri, since they're full of toxins, maybe boils are related to a larger, system-wide infection. It's surprising, given how common they are, how little we really know about this condition. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here. PJH
Terri, I think it's very possible that chronic boils are a symptom of an underlying systemic infection. I wonder why some people get them just on their breasts. I know that they can appear anywhere on the body. Maybe wearing a bra creates a warm, dark environment for them to flourish. I'm not surprised that you might feel sick all over when you have one. Since the course of antibiotics worked in the past, maybe it's time to see the doctor again.
ask ur family dr to refer u to a surgeon! i have had those for years and i went to my dr he sent me 2 a surgeon they did surgery...all along it was just glands! he took them out problem solved!!!!! i now have them starting in my armpit so yes i will go to the surgeon again cuz it nips the problem right away!!!!
Thanks for the good advice. Anyone with chronic boils should check with the doctor. Starting with the family doctor is best; usually a dermatologist would be the next doctor to see. However, in your case your family doctor recognized that you needed surgery.
I am 40 and I have been getting one of these every couple of months - in armpits, inner thighs, and most recently, a nasty one under my breast. I told my friend about this and she told me she gets them. The doctor told her they are a symptom of polycistic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), which she has. I have also been told I have cystic ovaries, as seen on an ultrasound, so it makes sense that I may have PCOS too. I am overweight, and since my pregnancies I have gained more and more and never really lost the "baby" weight. Losing weight would help the PCOS and so many other things, including the "boils" I get. I know there is a genetic disposition to getting things like PCOS, diabetes, etc., but there is usually a way to control it naturally (exercise, dietary changes, weight loss). Unfortunately the genetic factor makes it very difficult for a lot of us, but I'm at the point where I see no other choice than to get healthy and make it a routine part of my life. As far as the boils are concerned, I drain them 2-3 times a day, and then clean them with rubbing alcohol, apply Neosporin and a bandage. They usually go away within a few days if I am diligent about the cleaning/bandage routine. It's a hard area to have something heal because of the moisture/heat in that area.
Thanks for adding your advice to this thread. Boils are tough to deal with, but you sound like you have a handle on what's causing them, and you're going to undertake an action plan to try to avoid them. Best of luck to you - PJH
i am 25 and get boils in my innner thighs like almost on my private. and it worries me so much like another said i once thought it was herpes but of course iv gotten them on my innner thigh/leg and my roomate on her stomach n back and etc.im so sick of the painfulness between my legs its hard for me to walk when i have them ive been to the er. but all they do is treat them give my anbtibiotics but then after some time they come back i wish we could all find a cure cuz i know theyre very uncomfortable. i apply a medicine called ichthammol its like a black tar it used to heat up the boil causing it to form the head to rise and suppost to burst with 2 days it feels longer but is about rite but still seems to long. it seems like no doctor really know why they come but i really do think it gots alot to do with weight and sweat. u dont have to we obeese but alil big and sweaty will do it. Because im not obeese but i am too big for my height n that causes me to sweat in that ara frequently. so i pray for us all and hope u all do the same for me cuz i know how painful n uncomfortable it can be
Beatrice, thanks for your observations about this persistent problem. I know one person who found that using an anti-bacterial soap helped.
I am 31 years old and I also freaquently get them. I went to the doctor and they found out that it was a yeast infection so everytime I take antibiotics or just sweat alot I seem to get them. They prescribed a kind of yeast infection powder and it seems to go away for a while after I use it. I hope this helps because I know how painful & sometimes scary they are. Good luck
Thanks so much for sharing your experience here, and the information you got from your doctor. Hopefully other women trying to deal with these bothersome boils will find that yeast infection medication works for them... PJH
I think having large breasts or being over-weight is definitely a factor (perhaps because of more fatty tissue in the affected area?) I know it was for me - cutting down on refined sugar, fatty food, exercising regularly and quitting smoking helped A LOT - try to keep the affected area as "dry" as possible - don't use body lotions and/or body oils in the area and try to keep the area free from sweat as much as possible - shower immediately after a workout, or tough day - and make sure that you dry off completely and there is absolutely no moisture or dampness before dressing - also having 2 showers a day doesn't necessarily mean the area is always sweat free - it's the "in between showers" time that is also important - we tend to sweat all day, especially active larger breasted women - and breasts don't get enough air circulation as they are in tight (form fitting) bras all day - cotton bras are great for sweat absorption - antibiotics do help in the case of a really break-out , and topical antibiotic creams also help, but over use of anitbiotics is just bad for us! Those are the only tips I can suggest really - hope it helps!!
Thanks for posting these tips, and you're so right: keeping the area DRY is huge. Bacteria and other infectious agents love a warm, dark, moist environment. We can't do much about the "warm and dark" (save going bare-chested - not a good option most of the time!), so dry is the goal. Cotton is absorbent, so a cotton bra (rather than polyester) is a great choice. Thanks again - PJH
I had "boils" as a child on my knees and legs. In my 30's I began to develop them in "modest places" -- thank goodness never on any visible area such as my face, neck, or armpits. After many doctors -- including tropical disease specialists (pus doctors) -- I'm convinced that mine is a common staph infection that gets into the particular type of pores I have in those areas and then wreaks havoc. All of the nasty symptoms mentioned in this thread prevail, including one I haven't seen posted. When I'm sick or under excessive stress, one or more of these "buggers" pops up inevitably. Sometimes, they're accompanied by a slight fever (such as following surgery -- as if surgery weren't enough!). Forget herbs, drawing salves, etc. Here are the remedies I've tried successfully, in combination or singly, to draw out the little bugger when I can't stand it any longer: (1) 20-minute soaks in a hot tub of water; (2) a cup of boiling water, cooled slightly, and dipping the little bugger in the cup (ouch!) -- you can even do this at the office if you can stand not to scream; (3) pressing very gently after the above treatments, being prepared for projectile eruptions with lots of "linen" for absorption. Yes, the boils leave a scar. Sometimes, they drain for several days, and you have to repeat any or all of the remedies. Use a topical antibiotic ointment after opening the bugger to promote healing. Many years ago, I bought a dozen inexpensive washcloths at Walmart, cut them into fourths, and folded them. I can tuck them inside my bra or clothing to absorb drainage. I've washed them many times. I'm now 64 and tend to have fewer "nasties" as time goes on. But, then, other nasty, old-age things have replaced the fricking boils. (Count your blessings.) I really think a lot of the boil-thing is stress/hormones/etc. Tootle-loo.
This is such a distressing problem for so many women - thank you so much for sharing your suggestions for dealing with it. I'm glad your boils have abated a bit as you get older - and I certainly sympathize (empathize) with the wealth of other issues that seem to rush in as we get into our 60s! PJH
Iam 30 and get boils all the time on my breasts. When I pop them they end up scarring. What should I do??? They are starting to look ridiculous
I assume you've read all the comments on this thread. If not, please skim through them. Perhaps there's something there that might help. Since we're not medical personnel, simply breast cancer survivors, we don't have any expertise in other breast issues; if the boils are really bothering you, I'd suggest you see a breast specialist; boils can be a stubborn issue, and it takes a specialist to deal with them... Good luck - PJH