What Causes a Boil

If you want to know what causes a boil, just take a look at your skin. Boils are as simple as a mere infection of the skin that takes a nasty turn.

Initially, it might not seem as if a boil is in development - your skin may look a bit irritated, or red in color and tender. Soon, the area becomes harder and a painful bump forms. Soon, the center of this area fills with pus, infection-fighting blood cells, and the bacteria that caused the boil. To remove or heal a boil, you will need to lance the boil and allow that pus to drain out.

But what causes this scenario to unfold? Since a boil is an infection of the skin, they often form because the skin is clogged and infected. For example, if your skin's oil ducts are clogged, they can then become infected. This is when the bacteria will take hold and when a boil will form. A skin's pores clog when there is a lot of dirt or a lot of sweat. This is why it is important to shower on a regular basis, especially if you have been quite active or in a particularly warm or humid area of the world.

Boils can also be caused by ingrown hairs or splinters. Basically, if your skin's pores become blocked or clogged with foreign objects, you may then have issues with boils.

A break in the skin can also cause a boil to spring up. Because your skin is an important piece of your immune system, breaks in that skin can allow dirt in - this results in an abscess that the body immediately begins to fight. This is why it is so important to keep all cuts and breaks as clean as possible.

People who have issues with acne or have sensitive skin may be more at risk for boils. If you know this is an issue for you, it is important to wash your face and other acne-affected areas on a daily basis and to be especially conscious of any cuts you may have. Knowing how boils are caused will help you prevent boils and the complications they can create. 

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