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Jane Bates: Blessings that banished boils

We may live in times of political uncertainty but thanks to improvements in hygiene, at least we don’t have to suffer the indignity of painful boils, says Jane Bates.
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We may live in times of political uncertainty but thanks to improvements in hygiene, at least we don’t have to suffer the indignity of painful boils, says Jane Bates

With the current political uncertainty, at least we can be thankful for something – nowadays we rarely get boils. This occurred to me when someone described a puss-filled, painful excrescence which had arisen around a hair follicle, and they didn’t know what it was.

When I was a child, boils – or furuncles to give them their proper name – were commonplace, often cropping up in embarrassing places, preventing you from sitting down. Throbbing, angry and red, they also favoured the nose, especially when you had an interview, or were going on a date.

There was something of the Old Testament

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