Boils also known as furuncles.

What is a boil?

A painful, pus-filled bump under the skin caused by infected, inflamed hair follicles. Boils form under the skin when bacteria infect and inflame one or more hair follicles. Boils start as red, tender lumps. These fill with pus, grow, then rupture and drain. A carbuncle is a cluster of boils. Warm compresses can help a boil mature and drain. If several boils appear in a group, this is a more serious type of infection called a carbuncle; this needs a doctor’s attention.

The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. When one forms on the eyelid, it is called a sty. However, it is common for men and women to get boils on their private area. If a boil appears on your private area wears loose fitting clothing; you do not want to irritate it with friction. Do not pick or squeeze at it; this will make matters worse. If you shave, wait till that area is healed. Keep boils clean and dry no matter where it is on the body. According to (Healthline) boils usually go away on their own, when the boils come to a head and burst. Clean with antibacterial soap and apply Neosporin.

At home remedies to try:

  • Apply heat.

Heat helps increase circulation in an area, bringing more white blood cells and antibodies to the area to fight the infection. Applying heat to a boil is one of the best home remedies you can try.

  • Tea tree essential oil

Tea tree oil should not be applied undiluted to the skin, as it can have a burning effect. Instead, mix five drops of tea tree oil with a teaspoon of coconut or olive oil.

  • Turmeric powder

Turmeric powder has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. These properties may help heal a boil and get rid of it quickly.

To use, mix turmeric with water, ginger, or both to make a paste. Apply the paste to the boil at least twice a day.

  • Epsom salt

Epsom salt is not just a relaxing remedy. It may help treat boils too. The salt may help dry out the pus, enabling the boil to drain.

Dissolve Epsom salt in warm bath water or soak a compress in it. Apply the compress to the area for 20 minutes at a time. Do this at least three times daily until the boil is gone.

  • Castor oil

Castor oil contains a compound called ricinoleic acid, which is a natural but potent anti-inflammatory. This, combined with its powerful antibacterial properties, makes castor oil a great natural treatment to try for boils. Apply a small amount of castor oil directly to the boil at least three times a day until the boil is gone.

  • Neem oil

Neem oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that can help treat skin infections, including boils. It is also known as Indian lilac. To treat boils with neem oil, apply the oil directly to the boil three to four times a day. Make sure you wash your hands before and after application.

Bottom line:
You should seek medical attention to prevent future problems.


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