Boils are pus-filled bumps that form under the skin when bacteria infect one or more hair follicles. Boils can be unsightly, and are usually a very painful dermatological condition. Boils usually begin as red, sore bumps, which quickly grow larger and fill with pus, and eventually rupture and drain.

You should seek urgent care if your boil is extremely painful, lasts for more than two weeks, has red lines extending outwards from it, is accompanied by a fever, or if you have a condition that suppresses your immune system.

At Urgent Care LA, our doctors can assess your boil, and proceed with a course of action. An Urgent Care LA doctor may drain the boil if it is large, by making a small incision to relieve pain, lessen scarring, and speed recovery. Deep infections will be covered so the pus can continue to drain. Some boils require an antibiotic prescription from an urgent care doctor to heal the underlying infection.

This is not a substitute for a professional, on-site medical diagnosis. Visit your doctor or other healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis of your condition.