How can I prevent a boil or carbuncle?

A boil or carbuncle can happen despite the best hygiene. However, you can prevent boils if you:

  • Avoid close contact with someone who has a staph infection, boil, or carbuncle;
  • Wash your hands frequently with antibacterial soaps and gels, which can help prevent the spread of bacteria;
  • Bathe regularly with soap;
  • Don’t share or re-use washcloths, towels, and sheets.

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