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.
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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