How to treat a Boil?

You’ve a red, swollen, bumpy skin that emerges larger each passing day. You’ve noticed that something that is painful and yellowish is forming in the center. Oh no that might be a boil!

Boil also known as Furuncle is a skin disease caused by the infection of hair follicles, resulting in the formation of pus and dead tissue in a limited small area. Pus is a whitish-yellow, yellow or yellow-brown fluid that emits during draining. Individual boils can cluster together and may form as a carbuncle. It is larger than a boil, usually with one or more openings. Boil may set in any part of the body but mostly to the hidden parts such as armpits, buttocks, upper thighs, stomach and back.

Indications of a boil:

  • Itching in the infected area.
  • Reddening of the skin.
  • Swelling.
  • Infected area is getting more painful each day.
  • Yellow or white spot in the center.
  • Some have a foul odor.
  • Yellow and red substance also known as pus will drip as it erupts.
  • Fever may take place if multiple boils build up.

Skin Plug

Causes of boil:

You might think; am I lacking a good hygiene? Why did a boil hit me?

  • The most common cause would be a plugged sweat gland that becomes infected.
  • Ingrown hair.
  • Skin breakage due to cuts or scrapes.
  • And yes poor hygiene may be a reason for having one too.

What will I do? Can I do some self medication?

A skin boil may heal by itself. It usually stays and clears up for as short as 4 days and as long as 15 days.

Home Treatment:

  • Do hot compress on the affected areas to lessen the pain.
  • Have some quick hot bath; it will help skin boil to open up and drain.
  • To lessen the pain, you may take some over-the-counter pain medication such as “mefenamic acid”.
  • Wash your hand thoroughly after you have just treated your boil.
  • Do not let the pus spread to the other areas of your skin; you might have another infection that may cause another boil.
  • Cover it with a bandage or gauze to prevent further infection especially if it is already draining.
  • Take some vitamin C to speed up the healing process.
  • Antibiotic may help but would be best if prescribed by your doctor.
  • Apply tea tree oil as it is known as an antibacterial medicine.
  • Applying “drawing salve” or “black ointment” may accelerate the maturing process that will shorten the settlement of the boil.

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Tea tree oil has been used for years in traditional medicine and is very effective due to its ability to effectively fight against bacteria, fungi and viruses - a feat many other ingredients and chemicals cannot do alone. The use of tea tree oil has been the most significant in skincare.


How can I prevent having boils?

  • Use antibacterial soap to prevent bacteria from building up.
  • Use of abrasive brush will help break up oil that plugs in your pores.

Another safe and effective way to prevent or treat a boil is using BoilX

BoilX is a liquid oral spray designed to be absorbed into the blood vessels under the tongue, bypassing the digestive tract, which may slow the absorption of orally administered products. BoilX can be safely used with other medications with no drowsiness or adverse side effects. Using BoilX as early as you have suspected a boil coming may heal the boil in the earliest time and in the easiest possible way.

*** If home remedies may not be enough, especially if you have developed carbuncles; you should ask for your Dermatologist’s prescription.

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Madurai profile image

Madurai 7 years ago from Online

simple.. use turmeric...that's the simple medicine.

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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

This is very educative. Thank you.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Hey Madurai, tnx for the added info! =)

Philipo thanks for commenting. =)

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anglnwu 7 years ago

Thanks for the clear, informative hub. As a mom, it's useful to know these facts, because you never know what life can throw at you.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Yes we really would not know; that is why I find internet very useful. We can now just google anything or in our case we can just search inside HP so that other hubber will benefit from our read too. lol!

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anglnwu 7 years ago

Furuncle, carbuncle--why you can even rhyme your way into this hub on Boil.

You're right, everything is we need to know is a touch of the keyboard away and your valuable information serves to prove the point.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Hmm why didn't I think of writing of poem about boil instead lol!

Thank you, anglnwu and same to you. Your hub is full of valuable and interesting stuff! =)

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Shubhadevi 7 years ago

Home remedies are better to follow. The points shared by you are really useful. As madurai said, Turmeric is also a simple and most effective method.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Thanks for reading Shubhadevi. =)

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stranded07 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

I hope it works. Unfortunately i got one from dirty toilet seats. Its so gross. I tried to put antibiotic (the powder one inside the capsule) after i drain it. And i really hope it heals soon.

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Charia Samher 7 years ago Author

Hi stranded07, yeah I hope this simple remedies may help you. If the infection continuous, it is best to visit your derma.

abygeorge 7 years ago from Kuwait

I have come across another effective home treatment-apply honey on the boil, lessens the pain associated with it and also aids in breaking of the boil. This when tried,was effective.

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givingfairy 5 years ago from some place in the Big Apple

Had I read your very informative hub, I could have saved myself a trip to the docs office and try some of the remedies you provided. Then I could be writing about the effectiveness of tea tree oil or black ointment.

Great hub!

Sajjad Musavi 5 years ago

This is very educative. Thank you

Sherry 5 years ago

put bacon fat on the boi; for a few hours. It pulls the boil to a head.. My mom did this every time she got one.. or prid salve.

From a grandma 5 years ago

I was told to eat raisons, helps peventing from getting boils.. Don't know if it it true but it sure couldn't hurt to try if you are prone to getting a lot of them

Joan 4 years ago

Thanks just experience a great pain cause by boil..the hot bath system is also effective

Aimee 3 years ago

Ive used magnesium sulfate paste its good and kinda numbs it brings it to serface quicker along with the paste ive put an opsite sticky dressing on with the pad only thing is wen it bursts u will have to dress it a good few times make sure u clean everytime you redress with some sort of atiseptic keep an eye out as you possibly may need some meds from gp if no better in 3/4 days

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