I'm afraid what many of you are describing is not an everyday boil but what I've been dealing with for 22 years (but it took a good dermatologist to diagnose it about 18 years ago). It's a disease called HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA. That's what the professionals call it; I call it 'my nasty little disease.' If you get boil-like lesions in your armpits and/or in the groin area, you may very well be dealing with this malady. In my experience, most regular doctors know little to nothing about it. The only prescription that comes close to helping me is Cipro (yes, the anti-anthrax pill), and even it doesn't work 100% of the time. I am searching this website today because I have a lesion that appeared about 3 MONTHS ago that won't drain - it's about the size of the tip of my thumb, so it's not 'small potatoes.' I'm going to try some of the most-often successful treatments recommended here and will let y'all know if anything worked for me. In the meantime, do an internet search for Hidradenitis suppurativa and see if that's what you've got (pray to God you don't, but you want to know something about H.I.D.E. if you indeed have it). Sorry to be a Debbie Downer, but knowledge is power, they say.
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