Boils are small and painful pus-filled lumps on the skin that are usually caused by a bacterial infection of hair follicles or sweat glands. Boils can develop anywhere on the body and may occur singly or in clusters. A cluster of boils is called a ‘Carbuncle’. They can range in size from small, pimple-sized bumps to larger, golf ball-sized nodules. While medical treatment is sometimes necessary, there are several effective home remedies that can help reduce the discomfort and promote healing of the boils. readmore 02/7How to know if it is a Boil? Boils usually start as a tender, pinkish-red lump on the skin. As time goes by, they get bigger, more painful and form a white or yellow pus-filled center. The affected area becomes swollen, making it look larger and more inflamed. Boils can be extremely painful, especially if touched or pressed against clothing. The skin around the boil often turns red and feels warm due to inflammation. In more severe cases, a person might develop a mild fever. While boils can pop up in various places on the body, they’re most common in areas with hair follicles like the face, neck, armpits, butt and thighs. readmore 03/7At-home remedies – Warm compress The simplest home remedy to treat a boil is to apply a warm compress over the affected area. As the warm compress is pressed on the boil, the heat helps increase blood flow in the area, promoting healing and eventually the pus drains out. Start by soaking a clean cloth in warm water and wring out the excess. Place the damp cloth on the boil for 10/20 minutes, once or twice a day. This will make the boil drain the pus out providing relief faster. readmore 04/7Tea tree oil Tea tree is an essential oil with a natural antiseptic and antimicrobial agent that can be effective in treating boils. It helps prevent the spread of infection and reduces inflammation. Make sure you dilute it with a carrier oil, coconut or olive for example, before applying to the skin. To use tea tree oil, mix a few […]
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