A boil is an infection that usually involves a hair follicle on your skin and is typically caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria but can be caused by other fungi or bacteria on your skin. Many times the infection that causes your boil will also involve your surrounding skin. When you have boils you want to make sure that you get rid of boils in the right way. You do not want to cut or squeeze it to get the infection out because it can spread to other parts of your body. Most boils will heal in two weeks or less on their own or with the help of home remedies. If not you should see your physician or dermatologist.
They are very common and can also be caused in part by any condition that weakens your immune system and even by having poor hygiene. You could also get a boil because of toxic wastes in your bloodstream from having a poor diet or unhealthy lifestyle, or an illness. If you are mainly a junk food eater or sit for a long period of time in one place you could suffer from boils. Some even feel you can get a boil if you wear very tight clothes.
When a person has a boil, it can cause many symptoms such as the formation of a sensitive, swollen, bright red, rigid area of your skin. As they grow bigger they become less rigid and a lot more painful. Some of the other symptoms that might occur can include feeling fatigued, fluid might be leaking from your boil that will eventually crust over, having an itchy feeling, having a yellow or white center, and running a fever but having no symptoms of the flu.
1. Tea tree oil
Tea tree oil has three important properties to help treat boils. They are antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. Using this treatment regularly will give you relief from boil discomfort and help to speed up the healing process. Make sure that you only use it as a rub and do not drink it.
- Dip a clean cotton ball into the oil and gently apply it directly on your boil
- Do this up to six times during the day for several days until your boil goes away.
Using these poultices will help save your skin from harsher treatments and can get rid of boils naturally. When making these poultices put the mixture in a piece of clean cloth, fold it so the mixture will not fall out, and put it on the boil. When you put a poultice on the boil the heat in the poultice will help to bring the boil to a head. Mix the ingredients with enough hot water to make a paste. Some of the ingredients you can use are minced mustard seeds, mashed figs, and eucalyptus oil and powdered slippery elm. You should leave the poultice on for at least ten minutes and do this several times a day.
This spice has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural blood purifier.
- Into a glass of warm milk or water add one teaspoon of turmeric powder You need to drink this herbal mixture for four to five days three times each day.
- Make a paste of equal amounts turmeric and fresh ginger and apply the paste onto the boil. Cover with a clean cloth for ten minutes. Repeat this treatment until the boil comes to a head and drains. This will help to get rid of the deep-seated bacteria in your skin.
You can also add a pinch of turmeric to other ingredient such as steeped parsley or ground cumin seeds to heal your boils quicker.
4. Bread poultice
- Soak a piece of bread in warm water or milk.
- Put the bread on your boil for a few minutes to help reduce the inflammation and bring your boil to a head.
- You should use this home remedy two times a day until your boil heals completely
Using milk to treat boils has been done for ages because milk will give you instant pain relief and helps to speed up the healing process.
- Heat one cup of milk in the microwave. Slowly add three teaspoons of salt, mixing it thoroughly.
- To thicken the mixture you can add some crumbled pieces of bread or flour.
- Apply it to the boil several times a day.
- Mix an eight of a teaspoon of vinegar and a pinch of turmeric powder to one teaspoon of milk cream.
- Apply it directly to the boil.
- You should do this a few times a day.
6. Cornmeal paste
Cornmeal is often used as a natural absorbent to help treat and get rid of boils. This type of poultice was created by the Aztecs for their boils.
- Boil one half cup of water and then add enough cornmeal to the water to make a thick paste,
- Apply this paste to your boil and cover with a cloth.
- You need to do this every one to two hours until your boil becomes soft and the infection begins to drain out.
The antiseptic chemicals in onions act as an effective antimicrobial treatment for boils.
- Place a thick slice of onion on your boil and wrap the area with a clean cloth so the heat that the onion generates can start to work on the boil. You can pin, tape, or tie the cloth around your boil. You cannot just lay the cloth over the boil. It must be tied on to give it the heat it needs to work
- You should do this treatment three to four times each day
- Mash some pieces of onion and them mix it with enough hot water to make a paste.
- Leave it on for at least ten minutes
- Rinse off to get rid of the smell.
- Do this several times a day
- Heat a garlic clove and put it onto your boil but make sure that it is not going to cause a burn on your skin. Leave it on the boil ten to fifteen minutes several times a day.
- You can also eat two to three raw garlic cloves each day.
9. Refrigerator remedies
- Eggs—use the whites of eggs that are hard boiled and apply this part of the egg to your boil. Cover with a clean cloth and either just sit with the egg on the boil or tape or tie down the cloth to keep the white part of the egg on your boil.
- Bacon or salt pork—what is believed to help bring your boils to a head is the salt and fat content. Put two pieces of bacon or salt bacon between two pieces of cloth and apply this to your boil. Repeat this treatment throughout the day.. Unfortunately, this can be a very messy treatment.
10. Warm Compresses
This is one of the easiest ways to treat boils at home.
- Dip a clean washcloth in warm water and place it over your boil for ten to twelve minutes.
- For best results you should use warm salt water.
- Repeat this process at least six times each day.
11. Betel leaves
- Warm the betel leaves and coat with castor oil and put them over the boil.
- In two hours replace the betel leaf with another one.
- After several betel leaves are used your boil should open and drain.
12. Miscellaneous home remedies to treat boils
- Place moist black tea bags on your boil each day until it opens. The tea bag should be as hot as you can stand it without burning yourself.
- Make a poultice of cider vinegar, turmeric, and cream and leave on for ten minutes, repeating it several times a day.
- Grind some black seeds (Kalonji) to make a paste and apply it to your boil leaving it on for ten minutes.
- You can make a drink from a half teaspoon of black seed oil to a cold or hot drink and drink it two times a day for several days.