How Can I Tell The Difference Between A Boil And A Hemorrhoid?


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lakeesha Hennessy Williams Profile
People often have difficulty distinguishing between boils, hemorrhoids and cysts.

Whilst the best way to tell the difference would probably be to visit your doctor, you may be able do a bit of self-diagnosis too.

The difference between boils, hemorrhoids and cysts 
  • Hemorrhoids are best described as 'distended veins' around the anus. Bleeding is a very common sign of hemorrhoids.
  • Boils are raised bumps on the skin that are usually yellow in color. They can appear anywhere in the body, and usually form around a clogged-up hair follicle.
The cause of boils is bacterial in nature, and the painful swellings can become filled with pus.

  • A cyst is basically any type of 'bubble' that forms on the skin. A cyst can contain air, water, or other materials - but never contains pus (otherwise it'd be called an abscess).
However, whilst the above info might help you tell the difference between boils, hemorrhoids and cysts, I wouldn't take anything for granted. 

If you're concerned about a lump or bump on your body, my advice would be to visit your local healthcare provider. Only then can you get a proper diagnosis, and treatment (if any is required).

Good luck!

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