I don't think they're necessarily associated with UC....but you should definitely get to the doctor and have it checked out. The fact that you're on Prednisone could be a contributing factor.
Boils are usually caused by the staphylococcus bacteria commonly found on the skin..but if it breaks, it is pretty contagious, so try to keep it covered.
If you've had any bikini hair removal, it's easy for the hair follicle to become infected if it's ingrown and become more than just a minor infection.
Especially if you have panties or pants rubbing against the area.
Do get it checked out, however...just to be on the safe side as to it not getting worse.
Keep us posted as to the outcome.
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!