Skin infections are common, and most people develop at least one of them during their lifetime. In many cases, the infection is as simple as a boil or a canker sore, and it requires little to no medication to clear it up. Nonetheless, boils and canker sores are both painful to have. They each have their own causes and cures, so it is important to understand the difference.
While boils and canker sores might seem similar in appearance and level of irritation, they are actually two different things. Boils develop from infections that start in oil glands or hair follicles on the skin. Usually, they begin as a sensitive area of skin that gradually becomes firmer until it develops a pus-filled center that begins to ooze. As the boil drains, healing begins. Canker sores are small ulcers that develop in the mouth. They are also known as aphthous ulcers. Boils that are canker sores almost always appear on the inside portion of the cheeks or lips. Both boils and canker sores can be quite painful.
In general, no medical treatment is needed in order to make boils and canker sores disappear. In fact, both types of skin maladies will go away on their own as long as they do not become infected.
Most boils and canker sores will heal on their own in a few days as long as they are not irritated. Therefore, you should keep the area clean at all times to speed healing, while avoiding foods, beverages, and other products that might irritate the sore. In the case of the boil, you should attempt to avoid any type of pressure that might disrupt the boil’s center before it is ready to drain.
If a fever accompanies the boils and canker sores that you have, it is possible that a secondary infection has occurred. When this happens, it is important to seek the services of your physician.