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Updated on January 31, 2010

Skin Boils

A boil, also knows as a furuncle, is a deep seated abscess that involves an entire hair follicle and the surrounding skin tissue.

A boil typically starts as a red, tender area on the skin. With time, the area becomes round, hard, and starts to raise from the skin. The center of the boil becomes soft and is filled with white blood cells which make a "pus". Eventually, the pus begins to surface and then can be lanced and drained.

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What Causes A Boil?

There are many causes of boils, but the most common is caused by an ingrown hair. Boils can also develop as a result of foreign materials that block the skin. Other common causes are those related to acne where a sweat gland becomes blocked and then infected. Since the lesion can spread, several boils can be found in one location.

Boils that are recurrent may indicate that a person is especially susceptible to a particular form of bacteria, has poor hygiene, is exposed to chemicals, or a weakened immune system. Boils are most common, but not exclusive to young men.

Medical Treatment Of Boils

The typical medical treatment of boils involves a lancing and draining of the pus along with a powerful antibiotic protocol. It is very important to keep the area clean after draining to prevent the infection from getting worse.

Natural Cures Of Boils

If you suffer from a boil or recurrent boils it is important that you take it seriously. This infection can spread and needs to be treated.

Supplementing additional Zinc Gluconate is one of the fist things you should consider supplementing to help fight off the boil. Zinc aids in healing of the infection and enhances the immune system.

Vitamin A is another critical nutrient that is important to help fight off boils. Vitamin A stimulates the immune system especially when it comes to fighting off infections of the skin.

A Boil Gets Lanced

See how infected and filled with pus these skin infections can become.

Milk thistle is perhaps the most important herb for detoxifying and supporting the liver. In doing this it also helps to cleanse the blood of infections.


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    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice report and well researched. Good presentation so top marks


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      9 years ago

      Great information! Boils can be so painful, luckily I did not have many

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      10 years ago

      Great Lens! My wife has had some boil issues from time to time. I will share this lens with her today. Great information!

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      10 years ago

      Great lens! I hope I never get a boil though. The video of the boil getting lanced really did not look too nice. Must have hurt because the person was twitching. Great suggestions on how to avoid and treat boils naturally.

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      10 years ago

      I've seen some try to treat boils by trying to burn them off, but this was a long time ago and I had always wondered what the best way to remove one.

      Looking at the video I guess lancing a boil is better but is look just as bad.


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