Boils Specialist in Miami, FL

A medical professional specializing in the treatment of boils.

Boil Removal in Miami

A boil is a painful, swollen lump ranging in size from a cherry stone to a walnut. Michael Renfrow, MD, FACS excels in the removal of boils and abscesses as well as the treatment of chronic wounds. Because he understands the pain that a boil can cause, he provides same-day appointments in which you are always seen and treated by Dr. Renfrow himself, not the ancillary staff. Call the Miami office or fill out the contact form to make an appointment.

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FAQ about Boil Removal

What causes a boil?

A boil, also known as a furuncle, is a type of abscess that develops from infections in hair follicles or an oil gland. These infections are caused by bacteria that normally live on your skin, entering through a cut.  Boils are most commonly found on the face, shoulders, neck, armpits and buttocks.

Your skin turns red and a lump forms when the infection begins. After a few days, pus collects beneath your skin, enlarging the lump and turning it white.

An abscess forms when an infection spreads deeper beneath the skin. In some patients, several boils appear simultaneously, resulting in a more serious infection known as a carbuncle. If you have diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, poor hygiene, or a weakened immune system, you are more likely to develop a boil.

Bariatric Surgeon

Diplomate of American Board of Surgery - Dr. Michael Renfrow

Michael Renfrow, MD, FACS

General & Bariatric Surgery
Miami, Florida

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What symptoms develop if I have a boil?

In addition to a painful, pus-filled lump, you may develop red, swollen skin around the boil, a fever, or swollen lymph nodes near the boil. Pus may leak from the boil in some cases. It’s never recommended to squeeze a boil.  Squeezing a boil pushes the infection deeper into your body.

An active boil can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or by sharing objects. You can avoid spreading the infection to others by wrapping it in a bandage and washing your hands frequently.

How does Dr. Renfrow treat a boil?

As a wound care specialist, Dr. Renfrow often treats boils and abscesses and provides ongoing care to ensure the infection clears up and does not spread to other parts of your body.

Dr. Renfrow uses a local anesthetic to numb the area, then makes a small incision to drain the infected material from the boil or carbuncle. Dr. Renfrow may pack the area with a specialized dressing to soak up any remaining fluids if the infection is too deep to drain completely.

Antibiotics may also be required to treat severe infections or to prevent recurring boils and abscesses. Dr. Renfrow may also order blood tests if they are concerned about the infection spreading.