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Home Medications and Cures for BoilsHome Medications and Cures for Boils

Boils or skin abscesses are painful, pus-filled bumps that appear on the skin, most commonly caused by Staphylococcus bacteria.  Boils are the result of skin infections originating in the hair follicles.  A Boil on the eyelid is known as a Sty. One should not try to squeeze or pop Boils as this tends to spread the infection to nearby areas. Boils may appear anywhere on the skin but the most common areas are the face, neck, armpits, buttocks or thighs, where excessive hair follicles and sweat glands aggravate the condition.  A group of Boils is a condition known as a Carbuncle.

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Symptoms of Boils

Basically a boil begin as red, swollen lumps that cause a feeling of soreness when touched. They usually occur in teenagers and young adults. The boil increases in size and becomes soft and causes a lot of pain. The boil quickly fills with pus on its top. Boils usually heal within approximately two weeks.

Additional signs of boils:

  • Skin irritation and itchiness
  • Swelling around the infected area
  • Inflammation of the skin around the infected area
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Slight fever and chills (may need medical attention)

Causes of Boils

Most boils are caused by staphylococcal bacteria. This bacteria enters the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin or can travel down the hair to the follicle.

Common risk factors that may cause boils:

  • Diabetes and immune system related diseases
  • Poor nutrition
  • Inflammation in the sweat glands
  • Medications used in chemotherapy to cure cancer
  • Poor hygiene
  • Use of harsh chemicals that irritate the skin


Treatment Of Boils

Garlic and Onion:
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Garlic and onions have proved most effective among the several home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of boils. The juice of garlic or onion may be applied externally on boils to help ripen them, break them, and evacuate externally on boils to help ripen them, break them, and evacuate the pus. An equal quantity of the juices of these two vegetables can also be applied with beneficial results. Eating of two to three pods of garlic during meals will also bring good results. Bitter Gourd: Bitter gourd is another effective home remedy for blood-filled boils. A cupful of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a teaspoon of lime juice, should be taken sip by sip, on an empty stomach daily for a few months to treat this condition.

Milk Cream:
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Milk cream is beneficial in the treatment of boils. One teaspoon of milk cream, mixed with half a teaspoon of vinegar, and a pinch of turmeric powder, makes an excellent poultice. It helps in ripening the blood boils and in their healing without allowing them to become septic.

Betel Leaves:
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Betel leaves are a valuable remedy for boils. A leaf is gently warmed till it becomes soft. It is then coated with a layer of castor oil. The oiled leaf should be spread over the inflamed part. It should be replaced every few hours. After a few applications, the boil will rupture, draining out all the purulent matter.

Cumin Seeds:
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Cumin seeds are beneficial in the treatment of boils. The seeds should be ground in water and made into a paste. This paste can be applied to boils with beneficial results.

Margosa Leaves:
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The use of margosa leaves has proved effective in boils. They can be used as a poultice, decoction, or liniment with beneficial results. To make the decoction, 15 gm of margosa leaves should be boiled in 500 ml of water till it is reduced by one-third.

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To treat boils, this vegetable should be steeped in boiled water till it is soft and juicy. When comfortably hot, it should be wrapped with clean muslin or linen cloth and applied to the boils as a poultice.

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Application of turmeric powder on boils speeds up the healing process. In the case of fresh boils, a few dry roots of turmeric are roasted, the ashes dissolved in a cupful of water and then applied over the affected portion. This solution enables the boils to ripen and burst.

Dietary Considerations

A good nutritious diet can help the immune system fight the infection. Maintain an overall healthy diet. This includes using fresh and unprocessed foods as close to the natural state as possible. Eat daily servings of leafy green vegetables, whole grains, fruit, and proteins with a minimum of animal fat. Keep the intake of sugar foods and refined carbohydrates (such as white bread and white rice) to a minimum.

The patient should avoid tea and coffee, starchy and sugary foods, especially cakes, pastries, sweets, chocolates, white sugar, and white bread. He should also avoid all condiments, pickles, and sauces.

Other Boils natural treatments

A warm-water enema should be given daily during the initial juice fast or all-fruit diet. This will help to cleanse the bowels. Warm moist compresses should be applied three or four times a day over the tender area. This will help to bring the boil to a head and encourage easy drainage. A hot Epsom salts bath is highly beneficial and should be taken by the patient two or three times in a week until the boils persist and once a week thereafter. Other helpful measures in the treatment of boils are daily dry massage in the morning followed by a cold sponge. Fresh air, breathing exercises, and outdoor exercises are also essential for toning up the system.


Hot packs help increase the circulation that contributes to pushing the pus to the surface.
Soak a washcloth in warm water, wring it out, and use it as a warm compress. Apply compresses for approximately 30 minutes three to four times each day. It can take up to two weeks for the boil to completely heal.

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