A boil can occur for any number of reasons. Sometimes the culprit is an infected hair follicle, oil duct or other damage to the skin. Research states that boils are often the result of a bacterial infection, caused by the Staphylococcus aureus strain. It can be acquired in many ways. Poor hygiene and nutrition are particularly to blame for the appearance of Staphylococci.
People suffering from weakened immunity – through disease, stress, or particular types of medication – are more prone to boils. This is because the immune system is responsible for controlling the presence of various harmful microbes in the body. Diabetes has also been associated with boils.
Boil drainage can only occur when all of the infection has come to a head in the form of a pus-filled mound at the top of the boil. Usually, it will burst and drain by itself. However, there are certain types of boils that may need to be lanced. These could be stubborn, fluctuant boils (that are often spongy in texture and do not drain easily) or boils that are located deep within the dermal tissues.
It is strongly recommended that lancing be performed by a medical professional only. Serious boil cases are often treated through lancing and courses of antibiotics.
It is possible to find a plethora of over-the-counter boil treatments on the internet. Most of these consist of antibiotic gels and creams, which counteract the development of Staphylococcus bacteria. Some also contain properties that will assist in bringing the infectious pus of the boil to the surface of the skin.
Of all the various boil treatments and ointments on the market today Boilx is generating the most attention. It is a homeopathic medicine that is sprayed under the tongue, through which it enters the immune system. It has received many positive testimonials, primarily for the fact that it helps get rid of boils without the requirement of lancing.
It contains natural agents that assist in the treatments of pain and swelling. It also has anti-itching and anti-septic ingredients, as well as substances that control the secondary symptoms associated with boils, such as body aches and flu-like conditions.
Finally, there is also Pyrogenium, a renowned remedy for bed sores, fevers and Dysentery.
Research has revealed many other options in the treatment of boils. Most of these can be found in the kitchen! Here is a list of boil home remedies.
Boils tend to respond to heat treatment. This is the most common at-home method for getting rid of boils. It is possible to make use of a hot compress made from warm water, or a microwaveable heat pack – both have proven to be effective. These are usually applied directly to the sore for a maximum of twenty minutes at a time, three times a day. The reason why heat is such an efficacious treatment is that it stimulates blood flow to the boil, drawing the infection closer to the surface of the skin. It eventually bursts and drains.
Tea tree oil
This natural oil is a widely used anti-septic for the treatment of wounds and sores. The best way to use it for boils is to add it to the hot compress. It will keep the boil clean and safe from secondary infection. When used three times a day, it can accelerate the healing process.
Tumeric has been strongly associated with Ayurvedic healing. It is an anti-inflammatory agent, and is also combats harmful microbes. Some people take in turmeric orally by mixing a small amount with warm water. It is also possible to make turmeric-based topical creams by combining it with apple cider vinegar and milk cream.
Garlic juice is a great anti-septic, and can also boost the immune system. Crushed garlic and onion can be applied directly to the sore. This home-made “paste” has been proven to contain the infection and help prevent recurring outbreaks.
This spice is great for stimulating blood circulation, which in turn, will help bring the boil to a head.
This particularly old treatment for boils (it was used by the Aztecs) is extremely absorptive, and will draw the infection to a head quickly. Make a paste with some water and apply directly to the sore. This should be covered with a cloth and held there for some minutes.
Boil some fresh parsley in water until it is soft, and then wrap it in some muslin material. Hold it to the sore for an extended period, a few times a day.
These can be turned into a paste by crushing them, and adding them to water. Like the garlic and onion concoction, this paste can be applied directly to the sore as a topical cream.
All of the ingredients above demonstrate strong astringent properties. An astringent is an agent that constricts the blood vessels and tissues, drawing fluids to one localized spot. That is why astringents are good for boils. They shrink the tissues of the affected area, slowly bringing all of the pus to a point at which it can safely drain. However, it is a good idea to check in with a health professional before trying out treatments at home.