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Home Remedies for Boils

A boil is a bacterial infection of a hair follicle or oil gland caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. A carbuncle is a cluster of boils that form a connected area of infection under the skin. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection, and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin. Together with bacteria and proteins, these white blood cells are known as pus. This pus may eventually form a central head near the surface of your skin. This head may drain on its own, spilling out of the surface of your skin. If not, it can be surgically opened.

Symptoms of Boils:

Signs and symptoms of a boil usually include:

  •   A fever develops
  •   The lymph nodes in the area become swollen
  •   A small area of skin becomes inflamed and tender
  •   A painful lump appears
  •   After a few days, a white or yellow head forms
  •   The boil bursts
  •   The pus drains out
  •   The site heals
  •   A scar may form, depending on the severity of the boil.

Effective Home Remedies

Turmeric:

The antibiotic nature of turmeric can help clear the infection. According to a study, curcumin in turmeric showed high potential to be developed as an antibiotic against various bacterial strains, including S. aureus. Ginger also possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can aid turmeric in healing the boil.

How to used it:
  1.   Mix the turmeric powder and crushed ginger with water to form a paste.
  2.   Wash your hands thoroughly and apply this paste with your fingers on the infected area. Let it dry.
  3.   Wash the area after about 15 minutes.

Epsom Salt:

Warm water is relaxing and great for sore thighs. It also aids blood circulation and helps the boils to erupt. The Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) will draw out all the moisture from the area and kill the bacteria because of dehydration. After applying the compress, make sure to keep the area clean and dry.

How to used it:
  1.   Add the Epsom salt to the hot water and mix it well.
  2.   Soak the cloth in this water. Wring out the excess water and place the cloth on the affected area.
  3.   Leave it until the cloth comes down to room temperature.
  4.   Fill a bathtub with warm water and mix a cup of Epsom salt in it. Soak in it for a relaxing experience.

Apple Cider Vinegar:

Apple cider vinegar is a well-known antimicrobial agent. It efficiently kills the bacteria and restores the pH level of the skin.

How to used it:
  1.   Soak the cotton pad in the ACV, squeeze out the excess, and place it on the boil.
  2.   Leave it on for about 10 minutes.

Garlic:

Garlic juice has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Its sulfur-rich compounds are responsible for these properties.

How to used it:
  1.   Crush the garlic and squeeze it to extract the juice.
  2.   Apply this on the boil on your inner thigh and let it dry.
  3.   Do not rinse it off. Let the garlic juice work on the boil.

Onion:

Like garlic, onion also has sulfur-containing compounds with antimicrobial properties. It also contains flavonoids and antioxidants that heal and protect the skin.

How to used it:
  1.   Place the onion slice on the affected area and secure it in place with the surgical tape.
  2.   Leave it on for a few hours.

Aloe Vera:

Aloe vera, a magic plant that seems to heal everything dermatologically related, is another effective home remedy for boils. It gives relief from pain and quickens the healing process. It is also an antiseptic.

How to used it:
  1.   Snap a leaf in half and collect the sap.
  2.   Apply aloe gel on those painful bumps and watch the boils heal in the span of a few days.

Useful Tips

    While there’s no guaranteed way to prevent boils, you can reduce your risk of developing one.

    To help prevent boils:

  •   Keep your face and body clean and dry.
  •   If your skin tolerates it, use an antibacterial wash on your body, such as benzoyl peroxide 10% (be careful — it can be irritating and can bleach clothing and fabrics) or hibiclens wash (avoid using this above your neck).
  •   Wash your hands often.
  •   Keep open wounds covered and clean.
  •   Don’t share razors, towels, makeup, etc.
  •   Don’t pick, pop, or squeeze the area.