Home Remedies For Boils

Home Remedies For Boils

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  1. Boils are mainly caused by staphylococcus germs. These germs can enter the bloodstream through a tiny nick or cut. These germs can also enter straight into a hair follicle.

    Boils normally start out as a small hard red lump. Over the next couple of days it will grow, become softer and very painful. Eventually a pocket of puss will form on the top of the boil.

    It is important to watch out for signs of worsening infection. If the skin around the boil becomes bright red and infected, or more boils erupt around the original site, these are signs that your condition is worsening. You should seek medical attention if these problems persist or if there is a fever or swelling of the lymph nodes.

    As long as the problem isn’t becoming a threat to your health there are several ways to treat a boil at home. There are all kinds of home remedies, many of these are handed down from generation to generation. Some work and some are just plain silly. Some of the silly sounding treatments actually do have some medical basis.

    In the beginning, worm, moist compresses three to four times a day will help to relieve some of the pain and will bring the boil to a head faster. Warm Epsom salt baths can also help. Put about a quarter of a cup of Epsom salt into a warm bath and soak in it. If it is on your hand or another extremity you can make a poultice out of Epsom salt and warm water and apply it for 10 to 15 minutes to the area with a clean wash cloth.

    Campho Phenique is a medication that is normally used to treat cold sores. Campho Phenique applied to the area three times a day will help to dry out the boil and get it to heal up faster.

    You should be drinking plenty of water each day. If you are having a problem with boils, and sometimes this helps with acne also, add ½ teaspoon of baking soda to a ten ounce glass of water before you drink it. This raises the bodies PH level slightly to help fight off the boils. Do not use this home remedy if you are on a salt restricted diet.

    Eating a handful of raisins a day can help keep the boils away if you are prone to getting them and may help get rid of a boil if it has already started.

    There are some other remedies that have been handed down through the generations that maybe worth a try, such as; applying fatback or bacon to the area, even though it sounds strange, it may help. There is a large amount of salt in the meat and that helps to dry out the boil and draw out the infection and core. Duct tape, the grey type with the strings in it, is another odd sounding remedy. This is a well known remedy for warts and has shown some promise with boils. Just put the tape over the boil and leave it there overnight. The next day remove the tape and clean the area well. If the boil has not drained yet reapply the tape until the boil is gone.

    A boil has a core in it that has to come out before the boil will go away. It is not a good idea to squeeze a boil to get the core out because it can push the core in farther and make the problem worse.

    Once the boil has erupted and the core is removed keep the area clean and dry. Keep the area covered with a clean, dry bandage until it is healed completely.

    You may need a course of antibiotics to get rid of the boil if the problem persists. Watch for signs of worsening infection and see your doctor right away if the pain or swelling lasts for more than a week.

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