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Red boils on back

I have few small red boils on my upper back since yesterday. They are quite painful and causes discomfort wearing undergarments
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Hi The common causes of painful  boils on the back are 1. Acne 2. Folliculitis this can happen post waxing 3. Herpes zoster - this is  a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. This needs to be treated by oral antivirals. If there is a sudden onset of red boils it would be advisable to meet a dermatologist at the earliest. However if it is recurring and more like pimples, then you can meet a dermatologist at your convenience. Both conditions need to be treated with medicines as back lesions are generally resistant to creams
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