Boils – Causes, Symptoms, Home Remedies And Treatment
A boils is a skin infection that starts in a hair cavity or oil gland. At first, the skin goes red in the area of the infection, and a tender growth develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as infection collects under the skin.
The most common places for boils to seem are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. When one forms on the eyelid, it is called a boil.
Causes Of Boils
Mostly boil are caused by a germ (staphylococcal bacteria). This germ goes in the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin or can travel down the hair to the cavity.
Symptoms Of Boils
- The skin nearby the boil becomes infected. It turns into red, painful, warm, and swollen.
- Extra boils may appear around the original one.
- A fever may grow.
- Lymph nodes may become puffy.
When to Seek Medical Care
- You start running a fever.
- You have swollen lymph nodes.
- The skin around the boil turns red or red lines look.
- The pain becomes severe.
- The boil does not drain.
- A second boil appears.
Home Remedy Tips for Boils
Boils are usually characterized with a reddish, painful swollen lump. Boils on skin occur more often on the neck, thighs, waist, and buttocks. They are caused by skin bacteria called staphylococcus. The bacteria infect a hair follicle, causing the painful swelling spot.
There is actually nothing you can do for boil except to drain it off. Here are home remedy suggestions you can do to speed up the draining process and dry up your boils:
1) Apply warm compress
Warm up your boil by applying warm compresses. Heating it up will increase the blood supply in the affected area and will help it break out on its own. Warm compress also prevents further infection.
Dip a clean washcloth in warm water and gently press it on the area for five minutes. Do this four to five times daily. A warm bath or using a heating pad also works well in treating a boil.
2) Do not pop or burst your boils
Popping boils is not really encouraged by dermatologists. All you have to do is just keep applying a warm compress to let it drain on its own. Bursting the swollen area can only severe the infection.
3) Massage the area gently
When boils finally break open, you don’t have to squeeze the pus out. Don’t force it, just massage the area, gently pushing the remaining pus helping it drain.
4) Cover and protect
After the rupture, cover it up with a bandage or gauze. Remaining pus will be absorbed by the bandage and will prevent from getting nearby skin areas from being infected.
5) Don’t apply creams or ointments
It is not the best time to apply antibiotic ointment or creams after your boil break open. Applying ointments would only prevent the remaining fluid from coming out and it may only cause more irritation. Ointments tend to push bacteria deeper into the skin and may lead to infecting deep down further into the bloodstream.
Topical ointments are no longer effective since boil infection lies deeper into the skin.
5) Wash boils with antibacterial soap or solutions
Clean the area with antibacterial solutions. You can use warm water with Betadine or soaps with an antibacterial ingredient to clean boil.
6) Avoid oil-based moisturizers
Oil-based moisturizers can clog your hair follicles and may lead to pushing bacteria down to your pores. Use water-based products when choosing body lotions, sunblock or moisturizers.
7) Skip tight-fitting clothes
Tight-fitting clothes can rub against your skin and may cause your pores and hair follicles to irritate. Choose loose garments to boil-prone areas.
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