Boils are infections just under the top layer of the skin. They cause a tender lump which may 'point' (come to a head) and release pus. Boils often form in the glands around the root of a hair. The wall of the gland keeps the infection in one place, so it does not spread into the surrounding skin.
Better Health Channel (Victorian Government)
Raising Children Network (Australian Government)
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