Kind of gross..but does anyone else have/had this issue in regards to their weight? Did it improve with weight loss?
I've never in my entire life had an issue with boils (and I've always been overweight) until I put on about 50-70 pounds in the last couple of years. Suddenly, I woke up one morning and had a boil on my chest. I used warm compresses and it eventually popped and drained on its own. I cleaned the area and covered it until it healed on its own, so I didn't think anything of it.
Then they began to multiply and pop up in various places on my inner thighs, bikini line, buttocks, waist line, breasts, etc. I thought at first it was from an ingrown hair but then they started showing up in places where I don't shave. At one point I could barely walk and had 8-10 at a time. I tried the warm compresses again and it helped with the pain some. I made an appointment at my dermatologist and he put reluctantly put me on an antibiotic (I'm allergic to several different antibiotics so he was only left with penicillin to work with). I took the antibiotics as directed and they seemed to clear up a little bit, but didn't go away completely. I've been back to him several times and he's explained that typically overweight individuals are more prone to them due to sweat glands and skin folds. We've done several rounds of antibiotics and I've done research about them from different medical sites but haven't been able to find anything that's worked and now they don't even come to a head. They just swell up and eventually go away, leaving a purple scar, but remain hard to the touch. I've tried different types of soaps, home remedies, drawing salves, creams, etc. I shower religiously so hygiene doesn't seem to be an issue.
I've lost 35 pounds in the last couple of months and they don't seem to be getting any better. I've made an appointment with another dermatologist to get a second opinion, but in the meantime, I'm wondering if anyone else is having this issue and if they've gotten better with weight loss?