From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Lee Green MD MPH) Newsgroups: rec.bicycles.soc,rec.bicycles.misc,rec.bicycles.racing Subject: Re: Boil on my butt! What to do? Date: 3 Sep 1996 01:46:57 GMT In article <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote: > Seriously, though...see a doctor for your current > boil...and to prevent future ones, smear a dose > of neosporin on your crotch before each ride, > and maybe smear some right on the chamois as well. I have to advise against the Neosporin, on a couple of counts. I'll work well for a while, but eventually bacteria do develop resistance (they're VERY good at that), and then you not only have a boil but one infected with the bugs from hell. Worse, Neosporin contains several agents, including neomycin. Most folks will develop an allergy to that if exposed long enough. Hoo boy, will your rump blister. Not pleasant at all. Some advocate a lubricant, and Vaseline or Desitin works fine if you're of that camp. My advice, which I give to patients and apply to myself, is 1) lance it if you have a boil, it heals faster; 2) remove pressure from it to maximize blood flow, upon which healing depends (that's why the cut-out saddles work); 3) keep the skin clean and dry and your chamois clean too (don't wear a pair of shorts two days in a row!); 4) change saddles, get off the saddle more, move around on it more, whatever, to avoid the ischemic spots (lack of blood flow due to pressure on the tissue) which are where the bacteria set up shop to cause a boil in the first place. If you start getting a lot of boils, make sure you're not developing diabetes, as that can be a symptom. -- Lee Green MD MPH Disclaimer: My postings are my doing, not Family Practice a service of nor in any way the University of Michigan responsibility of the University of email@example.com Michigan. KF8MO@W8PGW.#SEMI.MI.USA.NA
From: ((Steven B. Harris)) Subject: Re: Boils.. any help ideas? Date: 07 May 1995 Newsgroups: misc.health.alternative In <firstname.lastname@example.org> TLTF82B@prodigy.com (Steve Stone) writes: >Yes I am overweight and get boils on my thighs and under my arms... Are >there any ideas for creams or supplements for this situation.. Thank >you! Boils are Staph infections in pores which are not draining well, a bit like super-acne. They are heavily genetic, but also influenced by high blood sugar (which hurts the funtion of neutrophils, a main Staph gobbling white cell). Do you know your blood sugars? I've drained a lot of boils, and one thing that always stuck me is that the people rarely seemed to be taking suppliments of any kind. I also had a number of stories that vitamin C and E, which are known to increase neutrophil function, are beneficial for boil-formers. This is anecdotal, but worth trying (a gram or two of vitamin C and 400 U of vitamin E a day are quite safe). Boils also arrise in moist places which chafe. Your main weapon will probably be to get your weight down. That's a whole other topic, but you're simply going to have to eat a lot less fat, and exercise. Steven Harris, M.D.