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My husband had a pilonidial cyst removed, what are the signs of infection? He is black, so redness isn't the answer.

It has been two weeks. At first it was a real deep red. It is starting to have white colored patches. He also developed a walnut sized "boil" on his inner thigh. 

Related Topics: Boil, Pilonidal Cyst, Thigh, Walnut
 

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Even though your husband is black his skin has to be very dark not to see redness. Signs of infection are redness, tenderness at and around the area. If it is an open wound drainage, that is a yellowish or green color, foul smell, chills,elevated temperature.

The white patches sound like a sign that boil is coming to a head and start to drain. When area starts to drain, keep a dressing to absorb drainage . Never squeeze a boil,pimple that can drive drainage deeper into surrounding tissues. Take warm showers, pat area dry and cover with a warm bandage. Change dressings when they become soiled. It is important to keep area dry and clean. Never apply any medications or ointments in the wound unless instructed to by a doctor.

In situations where you are unsure of infection, have area checked by a doctor. Has your husband ever been tested for diabetes? If he hasn't it would be a good idea to make an appointment for a check up. Keep a record of these "boils" your husband has and discuss outbreaks with your doctor. If your husband has a history of having boils in buttocks, groin and armpits have your husband ask his doctor about hidradenitis suppurativa.

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