Most anti-bacterial soaps are not much help once a boil has formed. An overuse of such soaps can, however, dry the skin out and kill even the good bacteria. Instead, you should use a mild soap and warm water to gently wash the area twice or thrice a day. You can also apply a warm compress on the boil three or four times a day. This encourages the boil to drain itself. You can use soap with tea tree oil.
To treat recurring boils, you should eat
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Your diet can influence boils and their treatment. To prevent boils and to treat recurring boils you should reduce your sugar consumption. Sweet foods raise a person s blood sugar levels and flush the system with hormones such as insulin. This rush of hormones can stimulate oil production that causes acne and boils. When it comes to tea and coffee, consider replacing sugar with honey.
A scratch that is not treated can cause a boil
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Open cuts and scratched that get infected may cause eruptions such as boils. This is because bacteria can enter the skin through a scratch especially if the area comes directly in contact with another person who has boils. Always make sure scrapes and cuts no matter how small are kept clean.
To treat a boil apply a
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Heat can be instrumental in helping a boil heal. You can soak the affected area in a hot water bath but a heat pack is more convenient and effective. A heat pack can be made with a hot water bottle or heated rice in a cloth case. This heat pack can be held in place for up to 20 minutes at a time. This will help the pus come to the top. However, if the boil is larger than normal or very painful, consult a doctor. Do not apply a heat pack directly on the skin. Make sure you keep a thick cloth between your skin and the pack so that your skin does not get burnt.
You can drain a boil yourself to treat it
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Do not try and burst a boil. This can cause the infection to spread and can leave a permanent scar. If the boil bursts on its own, clean the area with water and a mild soap and keep the area covered. This will keep the infection from spreading. Large boils or a group of boils should not be ignored and should be shown to a doctor. Your doctor may choose to drain the boil or will prescribe medication to help soften it. In some cases, oral antibiotics may also be needed.