A boil is a bacterial infection with pus that develops around a hair follicle. Boils are very contagious and potentially serious if the infection spreads. A boil starts out as a tender, red, hot, tense bump and develops a yellowish point within 2 to 4 days. Boils are very painful, especially if they occur in skin that cannot move freely. The boil can burst open, discharging pus but relieving some of the pain. There are many home remedies boils that can reduce the symptoms.
Unfortunately, boils heal with scarring.
Boils usually occur in areas that are hairy or that are exposed to lots of movement and friction. These include areas under the belt and on the neck, face, scalp, underarms, and buttocks. Boils can become chronic and come back time and again in the same areas. Our home remedies for boils reduce the risk of developing chronic boils.
The most common bacteria found in boils is Staphylococcus aureus (staph bacteria). They may be caused by other types of bacteria, however, depending on the location of the boil and the individual's immune function. In rare cases, boils may be a sign of an underlying immune problem or other disease. People with diabetes, alcoholism, cancer, or HIV/AIDS, and those on chemotherapy are especially susceptible to developing boils. Please use these home remedies for boils.
List of Home remedies for boils
Vitamin A. Take 25,000 international units daily for two weeks.
Beta-carotene. Take 25,000 international units daily for two weeks.
B-complex vitamins. Take a balanced B-complex supplement daily
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids. Take 3,000 milligrams daily.
Zinc. Take 50 milligrams daily for two weeks.
Astralagus tea helps to enhance immunity. Drink eight glasses a day.
Calendula ointment can to applied to the skin overlying an unbroken boil to decrease inflammation and act as an antiseptic.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic and immune-system booster. It can be taken in capsule form.
Goldenseal-root powder can be mixed with enough boiling water to make a paste and used as a topical poultice to draw out the boil.
A mixture of 25 grams (2,500 milligrams) of powdered slippery elm, 3 drops of eucalyptus oil, and just enough boiling water to form a thick paste can be applied to the boil. Leave it on until the paste cools, then make a fresh batch and reapply it. Repeat this until the pus is discharged from the boil. Marshmallow leaf or fig-wort can also be made into a poultice to draw out pus.
Tea tree oil can be applied externally to a boil as an antiseptic against bacteria and fungi. The pure oil will probably irritate inflamed skin, but a mixture of a few drops in a couple of tablespoons of any vegetable oil should not cause a problem. Do not take tea tree oil internally.
A tea made from two parts wild indigo to one part each of echinacea.
Pasque flower, and poke root can be drunk three times a day to speed healing. The tea can also be applied externally to a boil to limit infection.
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