Boils are common and not often a cause for worry. A boil is the result of an infection in the area primarily seen in the form of a reddish spot in groins, thighs, buttocks, arm pits and so on. Large boils are skin abscesses which can be painful and annoying as they take their own toll to pop a head and drain off. They also leave a longstanding blemish or an ugly scar.
There are many types of boils that may trouble one. Is your boil due to any of these conditions?
A boil can be caused by ingrown hair
Infected sweat glands can take the form of a boil
Any foreign material in the skin
A break in the skin due to scratch, scrape or cut getting infected
Do not try to squeeze or pop open to drain a boil yourself. Here are some methods which one could try to treat a boil.
Gently wash the area a few times in a day. Use an antibacterial soap. And keep the area covered with gauze to avoid accidental puncturing.
Apply heat. Take a warm wash cloth and apply on the area for a few minutes. Repeating this would increase the blood circulation to the area bringing up antibodies to fight off the infection. This will soften the area and bring a head to boil. Large boils may be slow and more painful.
Use saline water soaks.
Use increased quantity of turmeric in your food and drink a lot of water. Remember that turmeric is anti inflammatory and a great blood purifier.
Apply tea tree oil to thwart infections. After bath, apply a drop of it on the boil. Small boils may dry off by the healing powers of tea tree oil.
Castor oil can remove the toxins in the boil. Apply some castor oil in the area and tie a cloth over it.
If it doesn’t seem to get any better after home treatment you may need medical supervision to get antibiotics. Frequent boils, those accompanied by fever and boils that shows no sign of healing even after 2 weeks demand a visit to the doctor. Otherwise, most of them can be taken care of at home.