What Is A Boil
As if the red and swollen appearance of a boil weren’t bad enough, the pain associated with them makes things worse, leaving us looking for a good and effective cure for boils. A boil is an infection of the skin that starts in the sebaceous gland (the gland that produces the oily substance sebum) or in a hair follicle. They start out with a reddening of the skin around the affected area and develop a tender swelling. Within a few days the swelling will start to come to a point and turns white as pus collects under the skin. Boils usually appear on the face, neck, shoulders and buttocks. If several boils develop in a group it is known as a carbuncle and is a more serious form of infection.
Causes Of Boils
When looking at a cure for boils it is important to know the causes. The majority of boils are caused by the germ staphylococcal which is a form of bacteria. It enters the body through small cuts in the skin or through the hair follicle. People with certain health conditions can be more susceptible to developing the condition. Those with diabetes and those who have problems with their immune system are shown to have a propensity to develop the condition. Those who have a poor diet and poor hygiene are also more likely to develop boils, a few changes to our personal habits can be an effective cure for boils.
Treatment For Boils
One cure for boils that we may be tempted to try is to lance or squeeze the boil ourselves, this will not provide any relief and can make the situation a lot worse. An effective cure for boils is to apply a warm compress by soaking a flannel in warm water, this can help relieve pain and draw the pus to the surface. When the boil drains wash it regularly with an antibacterial soap two to three times a day and continue to use the warm compress until the wound heals.
If the above cure for boils is not effective and no pus is released then you may need to seek professional medical help. Your doctor may prescribe a course of antibiotics if the infection is severe. They can also lance the boil to allow pus to drain out. Once the boil is lanced you will need to clean the infected area with an antibiotic ointment two or three times a day and cover with a plaster (note: don’t use a waterproof plaster that excludes all air) or gauze. If the area looks infected again or turns red you will need to re-contact your doctor.
Of course the easiest cure for boils is not to develop them in the first place. If any family member has had an outbreak of boils then wash any towels or bed linen they have used. if you are susceptible to boils then make sure you treat and clean any minor skin wounds. Finally try and practice a good personal hygiene regime and follow a healthy lifestyle.