Boils/Skin Abscesses - Staphylococcus Aureus Vaccine

Overview of Boils/Skin Abscesses Staphylococcus Aureus Vaccine Medical Research Study


This study will explore an investigational vaccine that might help defend the body against the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus that causes boils also known as skin abscesses. 

What is a Boil (Skin Abscesses)? 

Boils and abscesses are red, pus-filled bumps that form under the skin. They’re often painful, and they grow larger until they are drained.  Boils are caused by bacteria that infect and then inflame hair follicles. They can grow to the size of a baseball, and the area surrounding the skin can be red and painful, too.

 

Most boils are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacterium commonly found on the skin and inside the nose. A bump forms as pus collects under the skin. Boils sometimes develop at sites where the skin has been broken by a small injury or an insect bite, which gives the bacteria easy entry.
 

You shouldn’t pick at or squeeze a boil. If it isn’t drained properly, it could infect nearby areas or push the infection deeper into the skin and cause more boils.

Boils most commonly appear on the face, neck, shoulders, armpits, and buttocks. If drainage is needed, your doctor will make a small incision on the boil and use sterile gauze to absorb and remove additional pus. This should only be done carefully and in a sterile environment.

For more information on Boils (Skin Abscesses)/Staphylococcus aureus visit Medicine Net at https://www.medicinenet.com/boils/article.htm.

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