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These Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) are specially written by the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD).

The BAD has been awarded The Information Standard certification for the process it employs to develop information products aimed at the general public, which include PILs, Sun Awareness Campaign materials, and other information products.

The BAD shall hold responsibility for the accuracy of the information published, and neither the scheme operator nor the scheme owner shall have any responsibility for costs, losses, or direct or indirect damages or costs arising from inaccuracy of information or omissions in information published on the website on behalf of the BAD.

The BAD has also prepared a limited number of translations of its PILs.

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Hairs form under the surface of the skin in structures known as hair follicles. A boil is an infection (abscess) of the deep part of a hair follicle with a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus). Multiple boils are known as a carbuncle. Occasionally, the infection may spread into the surrounding tissues (cellulitis), causing fever and illness.

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