Skin and boils

By lipsie Latest Reply 2009-03-16 20:45:31 -0500
Started 2009-03-14 14:21:30 -0500

Yeah the beautiful topic here…boils. I was just wondering though, is it me, or are Diabetiecs more suseptipul (okay I can't spell that word, I tried lol) to getting boils? Or do they just like me personally for some reason? lol Sheila

31 replies

sparkysmom 2009-03-16 19:49:54 -0500 Report

I get them on a regular basis in the most inconvenient places. I use a drawing salve from the local herb shop

2009-03-16 19:42:26 -0500 Report

Oh dear, 30 at once?? I had one on my bottom, between my legs, just about where you sit. Talk about pain! And NO don't pick or squeeze em, that may cause them to spread! You are supposed to wipe the top gently with a damp cloth, I used damp toilet paper, and BAM that sucker drained faster than I could catch it!

The core is SUPPOSED to come out, but I don't think mine ever did, the doc put me on some nasty green antibiotics and it pretty much went away with time.

This was my first one, and HOPEFULLY my only!!

With it being in the spot it was, most of the home remedies would be difficult to master!! LOL

lipsie 2009-03-16 19:18:01 -0500 Report

Hmmmm now that is interesting…I will check that out next time cuz I just know there will be a next time unfortunately. Sheila

BeckyJ 2009-03-16 10:46:04 -0500 Report

Now this may seem a little weird but it does seem to help. This is a recipe from my Tante Jenni in Lousiana. If you notice a boil coming up under the skin take a thin slice of Potatoe and wrap it around the area with an ace bandage.Keep it on the area for about 30 min then use a hot compress for another 30 minutes. The starch in the potate draws out the redness and the heat soothes the irritation. DON'T try this if it has already come to a head because this can lead to infection and doesn't help with the pain. If that sounds too weird you can make a paste of Baking soda, salt and water…just like for a bee sting. We're big believers in home remedies. If found a lot of great Cajun remedies in our family bible.

lipsie 2009-03-16 02:07:50 -0500 Report

Try you ahem front area! VERY sensitive omg not fun! Believe me I personally know. I use to get them all the time but not so often now. Before I had a surgery back in 1999 I broke out in probably 30 of them all over my body, it was horrible, and yes the doctor had to lance/cut them, well some of them anyhow. And they leave horrible scars! Sheila

2catty 2009-03-16 12:28:02 -0500 Report

OMG! You poor thing. I could not imagine. I could not deal with it. I am a picker, if I get a boo-boo I pick it to death. I would surley be a painful mess. Oh the front, intolerable. I would go bonkers.

vgarrison 2009-03-15 22:39:54 -0500 Report

Ok as much as this sucks, I am so glad that I am not alone. I know that my doctor told me to make sure that I incorporate yogurt in my diet…I eat some everyday…whether or not its in a smoothing or I just eat some plain…

Also I know this sounds odd, but there is another lady on this site that said that her doctor told her to rub the yogurt directly on the site…no matter where it was…I haven't had to do this yet myself, but hey I figure if it works why not…and no offense ladies…sounds like most of us have nothing better to do than rub yogurt on and watch nick at night…LOL LOL…

Blessed Be

2009-03-15 22:41:16 -0500 Report

LOL Vicky!!! LOL!! I was told to tape a piece of bacon on mine, AHEM, there was NO WAY that was happening. lol

The drawing salve or black salve of old is no longer either not able to find, or difficult to find. My pharmacist said they can't even get ahold of any, and from what my dad said, that is the stuff to get!

vgarrison 2009-03-15 22:45:16 -0500 Report

hmmm i saw some drawing salve in a magazine the other day…crap…I'm trying to remember the name of it…I'll look around and then let you know…don't know if it's the same kind you know of, but hey worth a look at right…


2catty 2009-03-15 22:47:45 -0500 Report

Ok I feel a little dumb asking, but what is a boil? I must of never had one or I am sure I would know. Is it a pimple or a bigger version of one. LOL Sounds painful.

vgarrison 2009-03-15 22:51:33 -0500 Report

Yah basically its a really big and painful pimple…they can be extremely painful and I swear they always pick the worst spot to "spring" up in.

I have had to go to the doctor to have it "cut" open…not the funniest experience of my life…


2catty 2009-03-15 23:08:30 -0500 Report

You have to have them cut open? Ouch, you can't just pierce it with say like a lancet or something? What is the worst place I wonder to get one? Probably the your bottom. That seems like that would be awful.

vgarrison 2009-03-16 17:24:08 -0500 Report

yah it's basically called lance and drain…I have had my hubby "pop" them open before…I get them mostly on my waiste line and on my thighs…I'm overweight (but slowly losing it) and my legs rub together. They suck no matter where you get them. On your botton it hurts to sit, on your waiste it hurts to wear pants and on your thighs it hurts to walk…oh and I had one in my arm pit once…yah it hurt to move anything.

The do leave horrible scars. Just another wonderful piece of life huh…LOL

Blessed Be

2catty 2009-03-16 20:45:31 -0500 Report

You poor thing, that sounds awful. They must be set deep in the tissue to scar like that. I guess it's a good thing I don't get them because I surely would pick them to death. Probably would make them worse and scar worse too.

lipsie 2009-03-15 13:37:39 -0500 Report

I know before I went on insiline omg I had to take that Diflucan pill every three days…I had a whole big box cuz they came single in one box…I was miserable. Sheila

BeckyJ 2009-03-15 10:35:58 -0500 Report

My Mom, Aunt and I all constantly deal with this. It is most likely caused by the excess yeast that comes with elevated blood sugars. Just be careful as when they finally do "pop" they can cause infection. You may have to go on an anti-biotic to clear it up. My Aunt just had to go in and have some tissue removed around the area because it was so inflamed. There are different creams available but I've yet to find one that works. I just make sure the area is cleaned often. Thankfully I've yet to have one become infected.

2009-03-14 22:09:40 -0500 Report

Lipsie, I was told by my Endo that I got one because of my sugar, then I was told by my Gyn that she had never heard that, who to believe??

lipsie 2009-03-15 06:59:38 -0500 Report

I would probably go with the Endo on this one..hmmm crazy Sheila

jsd2005 2009-03-15 08:09:08 -0500 Report

Most probably the OB GYN had never heard of elevated blood sugars causing a yeast infection. They are use to treating them and have a limited scope of knowledge as far as diabetes goes, except for gestational diabetes and then they will still send you to another specialist.
If you know that you are more susceptible to yeast because you are diabetic let you OB GYN know this, she can refer back to you primary and they can discuss treatment options.

2009-03-15 19:41:52 -0500 Report

I've had more yeast infections than I care to count, and all I have to do is call my internist, and she calls in a script for Diflucan. IF boils are connected to high sugar, then WHY just NOW am I getting the first one after being diabetic for 17 years, and before that, gestational?

Anonymous 2009-03-15 22:22:18 -0500 Report

dude, gestational diabetics have high blood sugars too, and i'm thinkin that they probably get the same issues as regular non gestationals do, in the area of yeast infections, etc. she typed gyn, not ob gyn, maybe she's not goin to see the doc for bein preggers?

2009-03-14 21:47:05 -0500 Report

I just recently had a boil that started a chain reaction of all kinds of fun stuff, UGH!! That cleared up, then I got a nasty yeast infection, now it's gone into Lichen Planus. In April, if the steroid cream doesn't work, a biopsy will be done, to check for cancer. Diabetes is just a fun thing to have, isn't it??

2009-03-14 21:49:46 -0500 Report

LOL, it's a Saturday night and we're talking yeast infections and boils. OMG!

2009-03-14 21:55:33 -0500 Report

LOL we lead wild lives, don't we?? LOL

2009-03-14 21:57:37 -0500 Report

And I'm watching the clock for 10pm so I don't miss the Andy Griffith Show! Oh, this is so sad! lol, lol

2009-03-14 21:59:47 -0500 Report

Don't feel bad, I eat dinner to Hogans Heros every night!!!! HELP!!! I'VE BECOME MY GRANDMOTHER!!!!! LOL

vgarrison 2009-03-14 17:18:16 -0500 Report

Actually as diabetics we are more ceceptible…it is actually a form of yeast…and yes we always have more of that. I was prescribed a cream for it…talk to your doctor…I know I was embarrased at first, but come to find out, it's reletively common.

Good Luck
Blessed Be

2009-03-14 21:02:20 -0500 Report

I'm glad you explained that. I've been lucky with no boils but I did have yeast attack my nails. I lost over half my nail on my thumb and the nail on my big toe came completely off. This was when I went DKA. I wonder if there is anything to prevent this, other than NOT going DKA? lol, Angie