Getting Rid of Boils at Home Naturally
A small tender lump has formed on one of your fingers making it difficult for you to use the finger for your daily tasks. It hurts at the slightest touch. A few days ago the skin in the area had reddened and before you knew it, the lump had formed. Do not worry, it is just a boil, a very common occurrence – basically an infection – which can be treated by you naturally at home, using only natural substances. With proper care, you can get rid of it in a few days without visiting a doctor and without taking any prescription drugs.
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You will generally get an inkling of the beginnings of a boil – the skin in the area turns red and tender and is painful to the touch. Within a day, a lump forms and the intensity of pain increases. After some more days, the lump turns white due to formation of pus. Boils can occur anywhere on the body, but are generally found on the face, hands, neck, and buttocks. They normally do not require any emergency treatment. In rare cases, if you also suffer chills and fevers on account of the boil, there could be other underlying medical conditions which may require investigation.
Boils are the result of bacterial infection by the staphylococci bacteria. A tiny cut or other break in the surface of the skin is sufficient for the bacteria to enter and infect the area, and cause the formation of an abcess.
Thorns from rose plants, or splinters from unpolished pieces of wood when lodged in the skin, is sufficient reason for a boil to form. People with a weak immune system, either on account of their taking certain medications or otherwise, are more likely to have boils than others.
Boils are mostly treated very effectively at home. It is very rare to see a person having a boil, visiting a hospital or other medical unit for treatment.
Boils respond well to the application of heat. By this means, more infection fighting antibodies are brought to the area and the infection subsides.
It is not advisable to try to open a boil while it is still hard or reddish.
It is ready to drain when it appears white or yellowish with pus. You can ripen the boil by applying garlic and onion juice on the boil.
If it is a small boil, a warm moist compress is sufficient to drain out the pus. Larger pus-filled boils would need to be opened and drained. Once it is fully drained out, wash the area with an antibacterial soap, apply a medicated ointment and bandage it.In case the pus tends to fill again, repeat the process 2-3 times till you are sure it is clean. Once this is done, the pain will disappear, and the skin will heal quickly.
Neem oil with its anti-microbial properties, is considered a good remedy for boils. Neem leaves are also used either as a decoction, or poultice in the treatment of boils.
Bitter gourd juice combined with lime juice can be taken internally for a few days to help the boil to subside.
You can also apply turmeric powder over the boils to speed up the healing process.
It is a good idea to commence treatment for the boil in the early stages.
Unless the boil has developed several pus heads, simple home treatment is sufficient to heal it completely within a week to 10 days. For more information on how to treat boils naturally at home, do get in touch with a Professional Natural Therapist.
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