7 Home Remedies for Boils

Boils are unsightly lumps on the skin that look very much like a large pimple. But they are different than this other common skin problem because although they are also caused by a hair follicle becoming infected and inflamed, it is due to the presence of Staphylococcus aureus. This type of bacteria lies dormant on the skin, and it normally doesn’t cause a problem. However, if the skin develops any lesions, it can quickly invade the area. This is problematic because if the infection isn’t treated properly, it can easily worsen or spread. That is why most people never have just one boil. Instead, they get a cluster of them called a “carbuncle.” Diabetics and people with poorly-functioning immune systems are more susceptible to carbuncles.

Unfortunately, once someone starts to get boils, it seems to become a problem that they have to deal with on a long-term basis. This is partly due to the overuse of antibiotics, which the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus has become resistant to. So many people prefer to use home remedies for treating them. To help make choosing the right home remedies easier, the following is a list of seven of the safest ones that have been known to work the best. However, it is important to mention that these are not meant to replace the care and diagnosis of boils by a licensed physician.

1. Apply Heat

When a boil becomes inflamed and swollen, it is usually because it is beginning to fill up with pus on the inside. Draining the pus will help relieve the pressure and reduce the size of the boil. But this isn’t possible until it starts to come to a head, which means that the pus rises up to the center of the infected follicle where it can start to drain out. This process takes a lot of time though. So to help speed things up a bit, it helps to apply heat directly to the boil. One easy and gentle way to do this is to microwave a cup of water just until it is warm enough to dissolve a spoonful of table salt that is stirred into it. When it is ready, dip a warm washcloth into the water, and hold it directly onto the boil until the washcloth becomes cold. Then, wring it out, and put new warm salt water on it. Repeat this process until all the water in the cup is used up. For the best results, it helps to use this home remedy at least two or more times a day.