Natural Treatment for Boils

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A boil or skin abscess is an infection localized deep in the skin. In time, the boil hardens and becomes firm. The white blood cells will eventually soften the center of the abscess to create pus to eliminate the infection. When the pus forms a “head” it can be surgically opened or drained.

Types of Boils

Carbuncle or furuncle boils are skin abscesses caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria.

This type of boil may have one or more openings in the skin. The furuncle boil may be accompanied by symptoms of fever or chills.

Cystic acne is a boil that occurs when oil ducts are clogged and infected. The cystic acne occurs in deeper skin than typical acne. It often occurs on the face and is present during teenaged years.

Hidradenitis suppurativa type boils occur from a condition where multiple abscesses for under the arm and in the groin. This is a result of a local inflammation of sweat glands. Antibiotics and surgery are often recommended treatment for this type of boil.

Pilonidal cysts are unique boils that occur in the crease of the buttocks. This type of boil often results from an ingrown hair which inflames and enlarges to form a firm, painful lump.

Causes of Boils

Hairs, splinters or other foreign objects may create an infection when lodged in the skin. Oil or sweat glands that become clogged may cause other types of boils. Bacterial infections in skin openings can lead to abscesses and infection.   While anyone can develop a boil, diabetes and kidney failure weaken the immune system and may increase the likelihood of boil development.

Home Remedies for Boils

Most simple boils can be relieved by early natural treatment for boils including the application of heat. This is easily done in most cases with hot soaking or hot packs. The application of heat increases circulation and aids in the body’s immune system’s own ability to fight off infection naturally.

If the boil is small and firm, drainage does not relief the discomfort. Once a head or pus forms, then lancing the boil may allow drainage of the infection and elimination of the boil.

Alternative Boil Treatment


Prevention of boils is one of the best home remedies for boils. Good hygiene and the use of antibacterial soap can prevent the build up of bacteria on the skin. A loofah brush can be used in the shower to reduce the likelihood of oil or sweat gland clogs.

Medical Attention

If you suffer from an immune system disorder such as diabetes or kidney failure, it is important to have boils treated by a medical professional as they may be early signs of other more significant issues.

In some cases, antibiotics may be recommended for the treatment of boils of various strains  including Pilonidal cysts.

If you experience fever or chills with the boil, seek medical attention. The proper hygiene and antibacterial soaps may reduce the likelihood of boils, but boils are not entirely preventable. 

Article Last Modified Sunday, October 4, 2009
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