Home Remedies for Boils
Home remedies for boils can provide a safe and quick solution to your problem.
What is a boil?
Boils sometimes called an “abscess” are highly infectious and usually caused by staphylococci, which is a very contagious bacterial infection. These bacteria can work its way down into a hair follicle causing the boil to fill with pus. The area swells and becomes red and warm. As the infection pushes its way to the top, a white or yellow head forms on the boil. They typically last two weeks, but using one or more of the home remedies for boils can speed up the process dramatically.
What causes boils?
• Sweating can cause a boil. The dirt and bacteria can clog the pore, and then comes the process of wanting to squeeze the area. Staph is everywhere. If we touch something and then go squeezing on our face or body, we have the potential of infecting our skin with these bacteria which can lead to severe infections. It’s always a good rule of thumb not to touch your face and if you do, make sure to wash your hands first.
• Friction can also cause boils. Wearing clothing or hats that rub the skin causing excessive sweating and more oil production.
• Moist body parts rubbing can also cause boil. The neck, under the arms, near the buttocks and groin areas, tend to be common places for boils to form.
Home Remedies for Boils
Moist heat- Bringing the boil to a head is your main goal. Use a clean wash cloth and run it under hot water. You need this as hot as you can stand, but not to burn your skin. Place the cloth over the boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this 3-4 times daily. This is one of the most important home remedies for boils.
Tea Soak a tea bag in boiling water. After it has cooled enough, place the tea bag over the boil. This had double benefits. The warm moist heat will help to bring the boil to a head and the tea also has antibacterial properties.
Soak in hot tub- This is one of the best home remedies for boils if your boil is in an area that is hard to reach. Soak in a tub of hot water for 15-20 minutes a couple times daily. Add Epsom salt to your bath water. This will help to dry up the boil.
Green cabbage- Boil a cabbage leaf for approximately 1 minute, then wrap the leaf in gauze. Place the gauze wrapped leaf over the boil and secure in place for 1 hour. This will help to draw out the pus. This is an old folk home remedy for boils.
Herbal Remedies for Boils
Dandelion This is a great detoxifying herb. Place the petals of the dandelion flower in a cup of warm water for 20 minutes. Drink a cup full daily.
Echinacea- Echinacea is an herb that has medicinal properties for strengthening the immune system and so it works in helping prevent infections. People with frequent boils many times are caused from a weakened immune system. You may have the herb in the form of a tincture prepared from its dry roots. It can also be taken with tea.
Goldenseal- The herb is used for treating inflammations that occur on the skin due to the any form of infection. The plant has a chemical content called berberine that can fight against various bacteria, yeast and fungi causing skin infections.
How to Drain a Boil
After you have brought the boil to a head, sterilize a needle over a flame. Gently prick the head of the boil. Place 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 tablespoon of salt in 1 cup of hot water. Soak a cloth in this mixture and ring out. After you have pricked the head of the boil, place the cloth over it. Do this for approximately three days or until the boil stops draining.
Always make sure you wash your hands before and after changing your dressing. Each time you remove the cloth clean the area with an antibacterial soap and water. Next apply a thin layer of triple antibiotic ointment and cover with gauze, secure with tape.
*Tip- Never attempt to drain a boil if it is red, warm or has streaks coming from the boil.
Ask your doctor before trying any of the herbal remedies listed.