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Home Remedies For Boils: Procedure, Recovery, Risk & Complication

What is the remedy about?

Boils are pus-filled abscesses on the skin that form due to a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus. They often occur due to poor hygiene or malnutrition but can occur due to a weak immune system or exposure to certain chemicals or medication. Fortunately, not only are they external skin issues and easy to spot, they can also be treated at home. Here are some methods for treating boils:

  • Warm Compress: One of the best and most well-known treatments for boils is a hot compress as it helps to drain the pus. To administer this treatment, you can take warm water with a few tablespoons of salt in it, dip a clean washcloth in the warm water and apply it to the affected area. You should keep applying the washcloth for ten to fifteen minutes. This process is to be repeated several times a day in order to clean out the pus and prevent it from settling in. It should be repeated twice a day at least.
  • Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is another well-known home remedy for boils. Being an antiseptic, Tea Tree Oil is good for treating all kinds of skin issues and infections. All you need to do is apply a drop of it to the affected area on the skin. The antiseptic properties of the oil will help kill off the bacteria that is causing or aggravating the boil and help it heal faster. It can be applied in between warm compresses in order to heal the skin once the puss has been drained.

Are there any side effects?

These remedies are quite safe and there is no risk of side-effects occurring if they are administered properly and with care. In certain specific cases, however, there is a possibility of side-effects occurring. These side-effects are usually the result of uninformed administration of the remedies or due to lack of caution on part of the people administering the treatment. These can be:

  • Allergic reaction: If the patient is allergic to tea tree oil, it can trigger a reaction in the form of inflamed skin in the area that it is applied. While it is very uncommon for someone to be allergic to tea tree oil, it is not a common side-effect. However, caution should be practiced while any new substance is applied to skin that is already facing issues such as boils.
  • Infection: While boils occur due to bacterial infection, the infection can often be aggravated if treatments are carried out in a sterile condition. To avoid treatment make sure that you use a clean washcloth for the warm compress. It also doesn’t hurt to put some potassium permanganate in the water when preparing it for the warm compress. This will ensure that the open wound or surrounding skin is not exposed to any additional bacteria that might cause its condition to worsen.

What are the post-remedy guidelines?

There are no major post remedy guidelines as boils are a problem that tends to subside soon with proper treatment. However, the treatment should be continued for a few days even after the problems have begun to subside, so as to prevent coagulation of the pus and keep the affected area clean and free of bacteria. Other things to be kept in mind are:

  • To keep the affected area clean in order to avoid further infection.
  • It is advised not to pick at any coagulating pus or scabs that form in the affected area. Such scabs are to be washed off while applying the warm compress, as that will make sure that they are removed safely. One should also keep in mind not to scratch the affected area as that might worsen the wound if not aggravate the infection and inflammation.

How long does it take to recover?

These remedies will begin showing results as soon as they are applied. The warm compress will begin draining the pus from the first application itself. However, when applied twice daily, this remedy will take between one to two weeks to completely heal the area affected. If you are looking for more rapid results, you can apply the warm compress, followed by the Tea Tree Oil, up to six times a day.

Are the results of the remedy permanent?

When administered safely and correctly the results of the remedy should be permanent. However, since boils can be cause by immune problems, poor nutrition or poor hygiene among many other issues, they may recur in other areas of the body if the underlying cause is not addressed.

Is there any training or experts required?

As it is a fairly simple procedure that can be administered with household items and over the counter medication, there is no training required to administer such a home remedy. However, it does not hurt to consult a doctor on how apply this home remedy in your particular case.

Effectiveness: High Side Effects: Low Time for Recovery: Medium Price Range :

Approx Rs 50 - Rs 500

Training Requirement:

Considering that this is a simple procedure that can be administered with over the counter medication and regular household items, there is no training required to perform it.

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Popular Questions & Answers

I have boil on my scalp which itches a lot. Is there any natural way to get rid of it.

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Take care for local hygiene means keeps the area clean, and any good antiseptic lotion can be applied and it will be okay soon

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Take Sulphur 0/2 daily in morning and evening. It will start reducing and then go away. And avoid touching it. Still if you have any query. Please feel free to ask. Take care. :)
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Hello, you can take homoeopathic medicine silicea 30 (4 drops in little water) every morning empty stomach only one dose in a day for a week and update.
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