How to Cure Boils Naturally

Two Methods:Treating Boils NaturallyUnderstanding Boils

A boil is an infection of the skin that is filled with pus. They are mostly caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. However, other fungi and bacteria can cause boils as well. Symptoms of a boil include a firm, usually red bump on the skin that is tender and swollen. Boils are common ailments that many people deal with. There are some natural ways that you can treat boils at home.

Method 1
Treating Boils Naturally

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    Avoid worsening the boil. The first thing to remember when treating a boil at home is to never try to squeeze it. Never use any sharp instrument like a pin or a needle to break it open. This increases the risk that the infection will spread.[1] Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching or caring for the boil.
    • You can cover the boil with a bandage or with some gauze if it is in a place where is can easily be irritated, such as the inner thigh. You can also leave it uncovered if the boil is on an area of the body that is not constantly irritated by movement.
    • If the boil comes to a head and drains, gently wipe the area with a tissue, cover the wound and allow it to heal.
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    Make a warm compresses. Warmth can help soothe your boil and any pain. Soak a clean washcloth or small towel with very warm, not hot, water. Squeeze out excess water and apply it directly on the boil. Hold the compress on the boil for 10 minutes. Repeat this as often as you can, at least twice a day, until the boil comes to a head or disappears.
    • Always use a clean washcloth or towel every time you treat the boil to limit the possibility of contamination.
    • Wash any towels and clothing that has come into contact with the boil with very hot, sudsy water to destroy the bacteria.[2]
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    Use tea tree oil. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that can be applied directly on the boil to help treat it. Dip a cotton ball or a Q-tip into the tea tree oil. Rub the cotton ball or Q-tip gently on the boil. Apply it at least two to three times a day. Tea tree oil is an antibacterial and antifungal agent.[3] Tea tree oil should only be used on the skin and never ingested.
    • It may also be useful for antibiotic-resistant infections that cause boils.[4] It is also an anti-inflammatory agent.[5]
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    Make a cumin paste. Cumin is a spice that has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. You can use it as a powder or as an essential oil. Take cumin powder and make a paste. Mix ½ tsp of cumin with 1 to 2 tbsp of castor oil to make a paste. Apply directly on the boil and cover with a gauze bandage. Replace every 12 hours.
    • If using the essential oil, use a Q-tip or a cotton ball to apply the oil directly on the boil.[6]
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    Try other oils. Neem oil comes from the Indian lilac and has been used as an antiseptic for over 4000 years. It is effective against bacteria, viruses, and fungi.[7] To treat your boil, dip a Q-tip or a cotton ball into the neem oil. Apply the oil directly on the boil. Repeat every 12 hours.
    • Eucalyptus oil is another essential oil that has antibacterial properties and is effective against antibiotic resistant viruses that can cause boils.[8][9] Drench a Q-tip or a cotton ball in eucalyptus oil and apply it directly on the boil. Repeat every 12 hours.
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    Use turmeric. Tumeric is the main ingredient in curries. It has both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.[10] Turmeric may be used as a powder or as an essential oil. If using turmeric as a powder, mix ½ tsp with 1 to 2 tbsp of castor oil to make a paste. Apply it directly on the boil and cover it with a gauze bandage. Replace the bandage every 12 hours.
    • If using the essential oil, use a Q-tip or a cotton ball to apply it directly on the boil.
    • Turmeric may stain the skin orange, so it may be most useful for areas that are not seen easily.

Method 2
Understanding Boils

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    Recognize a boil. A boil typically appears as a red, firm bump on your skin. Over time, it can increase in size and eventually form a head, meaning that the top surface becomes filled with pus, which can be very painful. The boil can break open, draining and weeping pus.
    • The pus is a mixture of blood cells, bacteria, and fluids.[11]
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    Learn the different kinds of boils. There are a number of different types of boils. Furuncles occur in hair follicles and can have more than one opening onto the skin. These may be associated with chills and a fever and can become chronic problems. You may also develop a carbuncle, which is generally larger than furuncles and can also become chronic. Carbuncles can also form hardened lumps under the skin. Cystic acne is both a type of acne and a type of boil that is associated with more severe forms of acne.
    • Other forms of boils include hidradenitis suppurativa, which occurs when there are many boils forming in the underarms and in the groin. This is an inflammatory condition of sweat glands. Hidradenitis suppurativa is resistant to antibiotics and often requires surgery to remove the affected sweat glands.
    • You may also get pilonidal cysts, which are relatively uncommon and result from an inflamed hair follicles located at the top of the buttock crease. Pilonidal cysts can occur after long periods of sitting.[12]
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    Know the risks. Boils are most often the result of infections with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus, though other bacteria and fungi can result in boils. Boils can be found anywhere on the body but are most commonly found on the face, neck, armpit, buttocks, and inner thighs.[13] Boils can happen to anyone at anytime. There are also some other factors that can increase your risk. These include:
    • Caring for or having close contact with someone with a boil or a Staph infection.
    • Diabetes can suppress the immune system and can lead to increased risks of infections.
    • Any condition resulting in a suppressed immune system.
    • Other skin conditions that weaken the barrier function of the skin, which can include eczema, psoriasis, and acne.[14]
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    Treat a boil medically. Boils are most commonly diagnosed by appearance and can be medically treated by lancing them, which is when a doctor pokes a hole in the top of the pus-filled head of the boil and drains the pus.
    • Topical or oral antibiotics may be used in some cases, though most often, draining the boil is sufficient for healing to begin. Antibiotic treatment is usually reserved for large boils or for those that last longer than two to three weeks.
    • Medical treatment may also be necessary if the boil is on the face or spine, is particularly painful, or if it is associated with a fever. [15]
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    Avoid the complications. Although boils are mostly benign, there are other issues that can be associated with boils, especially if they are left untreated. In rare cases, the infection associated with a boil can spread causing infections in the brain, heart, bones, blood, and spinal cord.
    • They should not be ignored, especially if they are recurring. [16]
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    Seek medical attention. There are some situations where you need to see a doctor. Make sure you see your physician if the natural remedies recommended do not help within two to three weeks, if you are running a fever, if the boil is very painful or limits movement or sitting, if the boil is on your face, or if you feel over-fatigued.
    • Also seek medical help if, during home treatment of boils, you see reddish streaks coming from the boil, if it gets worse, or another boil develops. This is particularly important because of the recent rise in antibiotic resistant infections that may require more intensive medical care.[17]

Tips

  • Always speak with your physician if you are using these treatments with a child. Also make sure that the child does not ingest any of the herbs or oils.
  • Using herbs and oils on the skin is generally safe, but you should always first test a small area of skin to make sure there are no allergies to the herb or oil.

Sources and Citations

  1. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/boils-and-carbuncles/basics/definition/con-20024235
  2. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/boils-and-carbuncles/basics/alternative-medicine/con-20024235
  3. Loughlin, R., Gilmore, B. F., McCarron, P. A., and Tunney, M. M. Comparison of the cidal activity of tea tree oil and terpinen-4-ol against clinical bacterial skin isolates and human fibroblast cells. Lett.Appl.Microbiol. 2008;46(4):428-433
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