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Antibiotics as a Combatant Against Skin Boils

What’s strong and acts as a soldier yet can be so small that it can be encapsulated and drank? If you answered antibiotics, then your medical or analytical side may be stimulating your brain right now. With the advent of antibiotics comes the solution to various diseases and infections that are brought about by microorganisms like bacteria, fungi and protozoans.

However, not every disease caused by such factors is remedied by antibiotics. They are often prescribed by health providers when the condition of a patient is severe or no other alternative treatment is effective. This is exactly the case of skin boils. While one of its recommended treatments is antibiotics, they can still be remedied by milder treatments.

For you to comprehend better the need for antibiotics in treating skin boils, it’s best to get down first to the basics of this infection. Boils are actually caused by a bacterium called Staphylococcus epidermidis or Staphylococcus aureus. It resides in abundance on your skin and waits for the opportune time for it to attack inside. The perfect time usually comes when your skin gets broken because of a wound or abrasion.

If your health provider recommends oral prescription through the use of antibiotics, it may be because of one or more of three main reasons. The first one is that your skin boil condition has become too severe because of an overabundance of staphylococcus aureus bacterium. Another reason is that the rashes are quick in spreading over your whole body. By taking in antibiotics, you not only put a stop to its continuous growth, but also to its overall presence. The third reason for giving antibiotics for your boils is that the lymph nodes are starting to swell from being invaded by the staphylococcus aureus bacterium.

Just as other treatments can be used to treat skin boils and kill the staphylococcus aureus, there are several kinds of antibiotics that may be prescribed by your doctor. The dosage and number of antibiotics are dictated by your overall condition. Some examples of antibiotics for skin boils are dicloxacillin and cephalexin. Some antibiotics may be topical in that they must be applied directly on the boil.


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