Boils are mostly caused by bacteria known as staphylococcal bacteria. These bacteria enter the body through cuts or nicks in the skin and travel down the hair to the follicle. Thus the hair follicle becomes infected. The skin around the infected area turns red and then becomes inflamed.
Presently the swelling rises to form a boil. It becomes hard, red and painful and turns white as it begins to fill up with pus. After a few days, because of the pus the boil becomes bigger and softer but extremely painful. Sometimes the nearby lymph nodes too become inflamed and painful and one develops a fever.
Boils are commonly found on the face, armpits, neck, shoulders, buttocks and the inside of the thigh. Sometimes they can also occur on the eyelid. If the infection is severe then several boils develop in a group.
Home Remedies For Boils
Turmeric And Chuna
Make a thick paste with turmeric powder and some chuna and cover the boil with it. Place a half baked hot roti over the paste and bind it with a bandage. The heat from the half baked roti will immediately relieve the swelling and pain. Turmeric and chuna will work together to kill the infection and bring the boil to a head so that the pus can drain out. Use this remedy twice daily until the boil is completely healed.
Tea Tree Oil
This oil has powerful antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which address all kinds of skin diseases and disorders most effectively. Take a cotton ball and dip it into some tea tree oil. Dab the oil over the boil. The oil will bring the boil to a head very quickly and the pus will drain out and bring tremendous relief in the pain. Apply the oil four or five times during the day.
Heat some water and dip a clean and thin cotton towel into it. Wring out the excess water and fold the towel several times to form a compress. Place the hot compress on the boil. When it begins to lose the heat dip into the hot water again and repeat the process for twenty minutes. Do this as often as possible. The heat from the cloth will provide great relief in the pain and inflammation and the boil will soon come to a head.
Mash finely, some cloves of garlic. Heat two teaspoons of mustard oil and add the mashed garlic to it. Apply the warm garlic to the boil and cover it with a first-aid adhesive tape. Mustard oil has warming properties which will soften the boil and drain the pus from it. Do this, three or four times to speed up the healing process. Garlic has superb antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which will kill the bacteria, reduce the swelling and pain and heal the boil quickly.
Boil some water and add some oatmeal to it. Cook on a low flame till the oatmeal becomes thick and mushy. Allow the mixture to cool a little. Then take the still hot oatmeal paste and cover the boil with it. Place a clean strip of cloth over it and bandage it. Do this, three times daily until your boil is completely cured.