- by Steven Thao
Boils are one of the most painful forms of localized infection, they can appear out of nowhere [as a painful red nodule] and are either acute [localized and easy to treat] or chronic [severe and persistent]. Commonly caused by a germ/virus called staphylococcus, it is prone to attacking the hair follicles in the skin and causing a painful pus filled swelling which is very tender and inflamed with the surrounding area being a angry red and very itchy [favorite places – the inner thigh, under the arms, or on the buttocks].
While some boils are not contagious at all there are some cases where cross infection will occur, never share personal items [towels, clothing etc] with a patient who has these infected sores, rather err on the safe side of caution.
Both the acute and chronic forms of these boils must be treated on the onset [to prevent scarring etc] with topical applications and the chronic form needs to seek advice from their doctor as they may need to go onto a stronger form of treatment and medication. Remember boils can be an indication of a severe underlying health problem, sufferers who get these sores on a regular basis need to seek medical help.
Topical Natural Cures and Remedies
1) The all famous garlic and onion – mix the juices of both the garlic and onion in equal parts and apply externally to the area, this will help with getting the boil to come to a ‘head’ and thus evacuate the pus more readily.
2) Milk cream, vinegar and turmeric – 1 teaspoon each of both cream and vinegar, add a pinch of turmeric, mix well and apply externally to the infected area. This will assist in the ‘ripening’ of the boil, which will then release the purulent pus and allow it to heal without the fear of the area getting septic.
3) Cumin seeds – grind these seeds to a powder, make into a paste with a little water and apply to the area, very beneficial and promotes healing.
4) Turmeric root – roast a few of these dry roots, crush into ashes and mix with water, apply to the affected area to assist in ripening, bursting and healing. The powder form of this root will also assist in speeding up the healing process.
5) Parsley – soak in hot water till soft, wrap in soft linen cloth, apply as poultice to the area for pain relief and assistance in the healing process.
There are other remedies out there [betel leaves, margosa leaves and bitter gourd to name but a few] but I think the above info should suffice with the healing of these painful boils. Soaking in a Epsom salts bath at least 3 times a week while trying to heal the boils can be very beneficial, and if the patient is prone to boil outbreaks let them soak once a week thereafter as a preventative measure.
Ensuring that the patient eats a well balanced healthy diet is also very important at this time, as being healthy on the inside assists with all healing problems. If the boil outbreak does not respond to any home treatment please consult with the doctor as the patient may need serious medical treatment [more than what you can offer at home].