Five Tips on How to Treat a Boil

painfulWhether you are suffering from your first boil or just your latest one, boils are unpleasant.  Boils can also be dangerous if you do not know how to treat a boil with care.

Professionals weigh in with their best traditional advice and treatment tips:

1.  Start Treatment Early

Simple boils are able to be treated at home.  Apply heat with a good hot bathtub soak or washcloth.  If done early, it will help the body begin fighting off the infection.  Antibodies and white blood cells will travel to the site and begin their work.

2.  Do Not Pop the Boil Yourself

Opening the boil yourself will probably make the infection worse.  While the boil is still small and firm trying to drain it will not ease pain or quicken the healing.  Wait for the head to form and drain on its own.  Once the boil’s pustule or head drains, the pressure and pain will be greatly relieved.  Larger boils should be drained by a health-care practitioner because they often have several pockets of pus that must be opened.

3.  Antibiotics Are Not Always Necessary

If there is a bacterial infection surrounding the wound, antibiotics are usually given.  Antibiotics do not typically penetrate the outer wall of an abscess and will not do much to cure one.  Once the boil drains, the chances are usually good that your body can heal itself without drugs unless you have weakened immunity.  The overuse of antibiotics can result in serious consequences involving MRCA, so talk to your doctor if you have any concerns.

4.  Keep the Wound Clean

After the boil drains it is very important to clean it two to three times per day.  Use an antibacterial soap, rinse, dry, and cover with gauze for a few days until healing is well on its way.  Launder all bandages, bedding, washcloths and toweling that come in contact with the drainage and wound itself in hot water and strong detergent to kill the bacteria.  The infection can spread to others through contact with the drainage.

5.  Watch for Complications

Part of learning how to treat a boil is watching for signs of infection or poor healing.  If your boil continues to get larger, you develop a fever red streaks appear, or the boil has not improved after on week of treatment at home, see your doctor.  The staff infection within a boil can become serious if ignored.

Also, if you have any problems with your immune system, have diabetes, a heart murmur, or use immune-suppressing drugs such as corticosteroids or for chemotherapy, you are at greater risk for complications from a boil and need a doctor’s care.

How Can You Make This Boil Your Last One?

So, you can breathe a sigh of relief when this boil has healed, but how can you dodge the next one?  There is one sensible and risk free way to decrease your chances of ever having to deal with another uncomfortable and embarrassing boil.  Lists of ideas and names of specific products and foods for fortifying your diet, resisting infection, and improving your lifestyle are found in a compassionate guide.  Find a healthier and more satisfying life when you know that you can be boil free.

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