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« on: 03/06/2007 22:39:27 »
Why are certain parts of the body more susceptible to boils while other parts are seemingly immune to them? For instance, I've never heard of anyone getting a boil on their elbow.


 

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« Reply #1 on: 04/06/2007 16:09:50 »
Boils are infected sebaceous glands.
Sebaceous glands are not evenly distributed on the skin.
So boils are more likely to occur in areas with higher concentrations of sebaceous glands.
 

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« Reply #2 on: 04/06/2007 16:31:49 »
What are sebaceous glands? What do they do (apart from turn into boils)?
 

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« Reply #4 on: 04/06/2007 20:57:19 »
Thank you, Mr Chemist  :)
 

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« Reply #5 on: 05/06/2007 16:11:33 »
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Certain species of Demodex mites feed on sebum and are commonly found in the sebaceous glands of mammals,
 including those of humans.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebaceous_gland

Here is an electron micrograph of mites feeding on sebum (yummy  :))
http://www.visions-of-science.co.uk/win-07.html
 

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« Reply #6 on: 05/06/2007 17:20:38 »
Mites are sticking their bottoms out of my eyelashes!  [:0]
 

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