- First Aid
How to Treat a Boil With a Bottle
Have you ever had a boil? A boil—also known as a furuncle—is an infected hair follicle, the result of which is painful swelling and pus...and the pain is unbearable. Some people think a boil is just a big pimple, but it's so much worse! A boil can cause serious health problems if not been treated properly, such as blood poisoning.
As long as the combination of pus and dead skin is in there, over-the-counter painkillers won't help. You can treat a boil at home with a simple home remedy of lukewarm water and and iodine solution while waiting for the boil to ripen. You will, however, then need to go to the doctor to get the boil's eye (pus and hardened dead skin) extracted. Or, you can try this practical treatment which I used to treat my own boil. In this article I'll tell you about an at-home remedy for boils using a bottle.
However, please keep in mind that you may still need to go to a doctor, who can treat the boil safely and effectively. I am just trying to share a very cheap way of treating a boil that worked for me. It's up to you whether or not to try it!
How to Use a Bottle to Extract a Boil
Here's what you need to do:
- Take a mild pain reliever to control the pain, and wipe the area with a antiseptic.
- Place a towel dampened with warm water onto the boil to hasten its ripening and to ease the pain. You'll know the boil is ready when you see a small opening at it's center with a yellow material protruding from it.
- Take a glass bottle with a round mouth big enough to surround your boil when placed over it. You can also try a glass or a jar.
- Burn a piece of paper and while it is still on fire, place it inside the bottle or glass and wait a few seconds before you put out so that the bottle is warm. Alternatively, you can stand the bottle in a pot of hot or warm water for a few minutes until it is warm.
- Immediately place the mouth of the bottle into the boil and press it against the skin. As it cools, the temperature difference will create a sucking effect and hold it there for a few minutes, which will pull the boil out.
- Clean the wound with clean water and antiseptic or a gentle anti-bacterial soap and bandage it.
- Repeat every three or four hours until the pus and dead skin is gone.
When the procedure is done correctly, pus and dirty blood will be sucked up into the bottle, and your pain will be relieved.