A boil near the inner canthus of left eye

A boil near the inner canthus of left eye

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Caption: A furuncle, also known as a boil, affecting the inner canthus, the corner where the upper and lower eyelids meet. This skin infection is usually caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus which may enter through a hair follicle or a break in the skin. A boil starts as a red painful lump which progressively fills with pus. It is treated with antibiotics or in severe cases may be lanced by a doctor to allow the pus to drain. In this case the boil is in a danger zone because it may spread into the cavernous sinus, a cavity within the sphenoid bone behind the eye sockets. Here it may lead to a thrombus formation which could be fatal.

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Keywords: boil, condition, disease, disorder, eye, furuncle, healthcare, medical, medicine

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