Boils on thigh of a patient suffering diabetes

Boils on thigh of a patient suffering diabetes

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Caption: Boils in diabetes. Multiple boils seen on the thigh of a male patient suffering from diabetes. Boils (furuncles) are a painful skin infection, usually caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, which may enter through a hair follicle or a break in the skin. They start as a red painful lump, which progressively fills with pus. Patients suffering from diabetes mellitis, whose general body resistance to bacterial infection is lowered, are susceptible to recurrent boils. This patient's diabetes was secondary to adrenal carcinoma. Boils are treated with antibiotics or, in severe cases, may be lanced by a doctor in order to allow the pus to drain.

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Keywords: adrenal cancer, boil, boils, condition, diabetes, diabetes boils, disease, disorder, furuncle, healthcare, in diabetes, medical, medicine, thigh

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