What causes boils in the genital area


A boil is some form of abscess, an inflammation of a hair follicle, which is usually triggered by bacteria. This purulent inflammation occurs in the area of ​​the hair root and spreads to the surrounding structures and fatty tissue. The most common boils occur in the neck, chest, enlarged genital area (groin, inner thighs), armpits and nose.

Symptoms of a boil in the genital area

A boil usually only makes itself through them incipient inflammation noticeable. The area around the resulting boil is reddened and warmed up. In addition, the pressure in the area of ​​the affected hair follicle increases, which painful becomes. You can hardly sit, urinate and especially rub jeans pants and are very painful. The formation of pus can also be seen from the outside: a whitish center is visible in the reddening caused by the inflammation. It is strongly advised not to squeeze on a boil and try to open it like a pimple by squeezing it out. This can lead to much larger infections. The pus from the boil usually drains on its own.

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Pain with boils in the genital area

A boil is an active inflammation and therefore often with severe local pain connected, which become stronger with movement and stress. The more a boil is filled, the more the skin is under tension. Boils in the genital area are particularly uncomfortable, as there is increased stress here due to the step movement and tight clothing. In addition, the genital area is very well supplied with nerves and pain is felt more strongly there. A doctor should be consulted if the pain is severe.

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Peculiarities in men

Basically, boils do not differ in men and women. A common problem in men is not only evident with boils in the genital area, but in many medical cases. Men go to the doctor much less often and try to cope on their own. Since boils occur particularly when the body's immune system is weakened, the increased occurrence can be one Indication of an undetected disease like diabetes. With regular check-ups, such underlying diseases can be identified and treated. There is also a feeling of shame, which is more common in men, when symptoms occur in the genital area of ​​all places.
Come in men especiallyin the anus area more boils than women because men have more hair in the area. Since the area is also difficult to see, the boils are often only noticeable when they become painful. Farther Men often sweat more than women and the triggering bacteria staphylococci reproduce more rapidly in warm, humid regions. These conditions are given in the intimate area, especially in men, through sweating.

Therapy of a boil in the genital area

A general therapy recommendation for boils is to rest the affected parts of the body and take care of them. This is particularly difficult in the genital area. But in order to dampen the painful external impact, it helpsPad boils with gauze bandagesso that the clothes don't rub. It should be emphasized again and again that under no circumstances should the boil be pressed. Most of the time, the foci of pus empty on their own. Then it is important the resulting wound disinfect regularly, Wound and mucous membrane disinfectants are particularly suitable for this, as it does not sting even on wounds.

Outwardly come in part Pull ointments (e.g. Ichtholan® Ointment), whereby the cost-benefit of the pull ointments are assessed differently. Pull ointments are anti-inflammatory ointments that promote blood circulation, reduce the flow of sebum and promote the absorption and uptake of dead cells. Mostly they are made from oil shale. An important substance is the ammonium bituminosulphate, which is contained in the pulling ointment. The pull ointment is intended to promote the spontaneous breakthrough of the boil. Only shale oil sulfonates up to a concentration of 20% should be used in the intimate area. However, the use of pull ointment is to be questioned critically, as the doctrine is also held that it softens the skin over a boil and thus promotes the development of an abscess. The pull ointments are also to be viewed critically due to the possible allergic reactions that can occur due to the components of the ointment. In general, the use of pull ointment is therefore not recommended today.

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If a boil does not heal on its own, a doctor should be consulted who will open the boil. If the patient suffers from diseases that weaken the immune system or the boils appear on the face (especially the nose and upper lip), a doctor should be consulted immediately. Many doctors are certainly familiar with the correct therapy, but a surgeon is best suited for the invasive therapy of a boil, as he is not only well versed in operations but also in wound healing. Pronounced forms of boils can be opened with a scalpel under local or regional anesthesia, The pus can now come out of the boil and strips of gauze that have previously been soaked in an antibacterial solution are placed in the wound. To be on the safe side, a smear can be taken from the opened boil and the pathogen can be precisely identified.

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In advanced stages, boils can also be treated with a systemic antibiotic therapy covered to prevent the pathogen from spreading in the body. The previously obtained wound swab and the resulting pathogen determination contribute to the optimization of the antibiotic therapy, since a specific drug can be used. The wound is closed with a bandage. However, the gauze strips and the bandage must be replaced daily and the wound checked for signs of inflammation (warmth, redness, swelling, tenderness, impaired function).
Complementary medicine also knows active ingredients that can favorably influence the course of a boil. The antibacterial one chamomile is used in the form of baths or compresses to accelerate the maturation of the boil.
Other natural remedies that have an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effect are:

From these funds, compresses or tinctures can be made that can be applied on the boil.

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Furthermore you can antibacterial after-shave balms help disinfect and soothe the skin. This is especially true after hair removal. This is an example of this Dr. Severin Body After-Shave Balm from the pharmacy.

Which doctor can treat boils?

Conservative therapy is in most cases by the General practitioner or a dermatologist performed. Microbiologists are also involved, as a precise analysis of the bacteria is sometimes necessary. If an operation is necessary, a General surgeon consulted. In principle, any doctor can treat a boil. Especially with women, the gynecologist is confronted with the disease more often. Most specialists, however, refer to the treating family doctor.

When does a boil in the genital area need to be operated on?

In many cases, a boil can also be treated conservatively in the genital area. In medicine, however, the principle is that pus must always get out of the body. If this does not happen on its own, minimally invasive treatment can be used. The family doctor can try this on site in the practice. The doctor will scratch the boil with a sterile scalpel and the pus will drain away more easily. If the boil is too deep, proper surgery can be performed. The boil can be opened in the hospital under mostly local anesthesia. A sharp spoon is used to remove pus and broken tissue. This treatment ensures that no accumulation of pus remains in the wound, which could provoke a relapse.
Whether an operation is necessary depends on the size and location. Surgery is recommended, especially for those affected with weakened immune systems, as otherwise the boil could open inwards and blood poisoning could result. In the intimate area, some affected people also decide to have an operation themselves, as the boil there is perceived as very annoying and restrictive. Surgery should always be considered if there is no other improvement.

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Special features of therapy in women during pregnancy

If the boils occur during pregnancy, special care should be taken with the use of ointments and medication. It is important that the agents used do not harm the child by being transmitted to the child via the bloodstream and placenta. In any case, it should a doctor will decide on therapy for the boilso as not to harm the child. Of course, the same rules apply to independent therapy and hygiene as to everyone else.
Particularly during pregnancy, care must be taken to ensure that the boil does not become inflamed or spread. At this point, too, it is urgent to point out that the boil should not be expressed. Either the job opens on its own or is opened by a doctor.

Homeopathy for boils in the genital area

A boil can heal on its own and those affected can use homeopathic remedies to help. Homeopaths recommend the Hepar sulphuris calcareum and Pyrogenium for the beginning and with increasing swelling Siegesbeckia orientalis.
If the pain increases and there is no improvement after three days, a doctor should be consulted, as conventional medical treatment is then necessary. Diabetics should see a doctor directly and not attempt self-treatment.

Home remedies for boils in the genital area

There are various home remedies for boils. A used one Black tea bags can be placed directly on the boil. The contained tannins could kill the triggering bacteria. While the boil is draining, an in Salt water dipped cotton ball promote emptying. It is a very old home remedy Kalewhich is cooked and placed on the boil and glued on. Also Tea tree oil can have an antibacterial effect and promote healing. Furthermore, from Johannis herbs spoken as a remedy.

Tea tree oil for boils in the genital area

Tea tree oil is one of the alternative home remedies that can be used against boils. The tea tree oil is an ancient remedy which anti-inflammatory works and can kill bacteria. It can also accelerate the healing of the skin. Since allergic reactions to tea tree oil have been reported in some cases, compatibility should be tested in advance. To do this, a small amount of tea tree oil can be applied to healthy skin. If there is no improvement, a doctor should be consulted after three days at the latest.

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Development of a boil

They are especially common when the immune system is weakened. Then the pathogens migrate along the hair or the sweat glands into the tissue and trigger an infection. The pus arises from the destruction of the tissue cells and the presence of the immune cells. First, the pus builds up under the skin and increases the tenderness of the area. However, the pus can find its own way out and break through the skin. The association of several boils is called carbuncle designated.
The development of a boil is favored by various factors. For one is a weak immune system is a possible cause for the development of boils, as the bacteria are not fought efficiently enough. On the other hand, favor Metabolic diseaseslike poorly controlled diabetes mellitus the formation of boils. Also the Personal hygiene plays a role in the development of boils. As pressure points or wounds caused by chafing poorly fitting clothing and underwear can trigger boils, this should be avoided.
Especially in the genital area you can Boils from shaving arise when there is no disinfection after shaving and germs penetrate the subcutaneous tissue through the micro-lesions that occur during shaving. Boils quickly develop, especially in the intimate area, due to the numerous pathogens present and the warm, moist environment.

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Complications of a boil in the genital area

Uncomplicated boils that open and heal on their own show a favorable course. Especially with boils in the genital area, it is very important to prevent the bacteria from the pus of a burst boil from being transferred to other parts of the body or even sexual partners / contact persons. It is therefore essential to have good hygiene of the part of the body affected by the boil.
It is less favorable to go there if the boils appear several times (Furunculosis) or several boils appear side by side and merge into one large, very painful carbuncle. It is very important not to press the boils, as this can worsen the inflammation and create an abscess. Then a surgical procedure under general or regional anesthesia is necessary, in which a larger incision opens the abscess cavity and not only the pus but also the dead tissue areas are removed. As the wound progresses, it remains open so that more pus can drain away. Antibiotics can also be applied locally to the wound in the form of platelets, sponges or chains. In addition to swelling of the lymph nodes, a particularly serious complication when the pathogen spreads in the body is blood poisoning (sepsis) be.

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How can you prevent a boil in the genital area?

To prevent the development and transmission of boils, a few things are important. First is one good personal hygiene very important to prevent boils. Especially when the boils have been opened, it is more important than ever to make sure that the wound is kept clean and regularly disinfected. Furthermore, the underwear should be washed regularly with hot (60 degrees) to kill the germs. In addition, the towels and bed linen should be washed regularly. Since many boils are also caused by shaving, one should be careful about that to disinfect freshly shaved areasso that no pathogens can penetrate the small skin lesions. In addition, soft clothing and non-abrasive underwear are important for prophylaxis.


Hygiene can prevent boils from developing, but does not prevent them from occurring entirely. If boils occur, it is important not to manipulate manually, i.e. squeeze or press. Natural remedies or pulling ointment can be used to encourage spontaneous opening - but in a controlled manner, without causing an abscess. If there is no spontaneous opening, it is advisable to consider surgical therapy. In the early stages, a small operation under local anesthesia is enough to open the boil. Further treatment includes local or systemic antibiotic therapy and strict hygiene of the affected area.

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