Boils are usually caused by bacteria penetrating the skin through cuts and bruises. The pus they produce is as a result of the body’s attempt to expel the bacteria and stop further infection. Despite their relatively small sizes and the fact that they rarely go beyond the skin tissue, boils can be quite a bother. Some boils can become painful enough to limit one’s mobility and even cause a fever.
Fortunately, there are many ways to keep them from progressing and causing further agony. Here’s how to treat a boil using either one of 14 methods. You can also watch the video below for a recommendation from a doctor as shown on Video Jug’s YouTube channel.
1. Tea Tree Oil Application
This is another natural antibiotic that you can apply it directly onto the surface of the boil to help speed up healing. However, it is important to note that you should never ingest the oil.
2. Milk And Flour Mixture
Heat a single cup of milk and add about three teaspoonfuls of salt. Stir the mixture well and add some flour to form a thick and smooth paste. Apply this paste directly onto the surface of the boil to cover it completely. You can repeat this process as many times as you see fit in a single day, the more you do it, the better.
You can add some turmeric into the mixture to increase its effectiveness.
3. Onion Slice
Place a thick cool slice of fresh onion directly onto the surface of the boil and use a bandage to secure the slice onto the surface of the skin. Leave the onion there for about 40 minutes, take it out, and clean the boil. You can repeat this for about 4 times a day for optimal results.
4. Warm Antiseptic Rub
Get a clean towel or rug and dip it in boiling water for about 5 minutes to kill any germs present. When this is done, you can either add some salt to the water or an antiseptic solution of your choice. Gently wring out the rug to rid it of excess water and use it to massage the boil gently. This action will help disinfect the boil while offering protection against secondary infections. You can do this about five to six times daily depending on how you see fit. Ensure that you always keep the surface of the boil free from germs in order to allow it to heal properly.
5. Boiled Egg Whites
Boil an egg until it hardens completely. Peel it and mix the white part with a little water to form a thick consistent paste. Apply this paste directly onto the surface of the boil and cover it well with a clean bandage. You can leave it covered for as long as you feel is necessary.
6. Corn Paste
You can use corn flour to drain an open boil. Boil a little water and add cornflower to form a thick consistent paste. Apply the ready paste onto the surface of the boil and cover with a bandage. Leave the mixture to settle on the boil until a good amount of pus has been drained out. You can also repeat this process as many times as you see fit.
7. Hot Empty Glass Jar
Put an empty jelly jar into boiling water and let it settle there for about 10 seconds. Take out the jar and use its mouth to cover the boil. As the jar cools, it will lower the pressure of the boil and allow pus to flow out freely. Wipe the boil and repeat the process as many times as is needed.
8. Castor Oil Application
Castor oil is also an effective natural remedy for boils. Use a clean piece of cotton wool to apply a small amount of the oil directly onto the surface of the boil. Rub it gently to spread it onto the skin. The oil will speed up healing by drawing out the toxins from the boil.
9. Garlic Paste
Simply grind some garlic and mix it with water to form a paste. Apply the paste directly onto the boil and let it sit there for about 30 minutes. You can try using hot water for better results. Including garlic in your daily diet is also a good way to treat boils.
10. Turmeric Mixture
Turmeric is a natural antibiotic. You can either ingest it or apply it directly onto the boil to speed up healing.
Mix about a teaspoonful of turmeric with a glass of water and drink it all. You can drink this mixture up to three times a day, or more depending on the severity of the infection.
For a topical application, crush a small amount of fresh ginger and mix it with about a teaspoonful of turmeric to make a light paste. Apply this paste onto the boil and leave it there for a couple of hours. Use a clean rug or a Band-Aid to secure the mixture onto the surface of the boil. Repeat this as many times as you see necessary during the course of the day.
11. Eucalyptus Oil
Mix about three drops of eucalyptus oil with about 25g of powdered slippery elm. Add a little boiling water to form a thick consistent paste. Apply this mixture straight onto the boil and let it sit there until the pus drains out. You can repeat this process as many times as you see fit in order to drain the boil completely.
12. Epsom Salt
Soak yourself in a bathtub full of water and Epsom salt. Use your judgment to estimate the appropriate amount of Epsom salt to use for the bath. Epsom salt is an effective treatment for boils and other skin ailments.
13. Basil Leaves and Asafoetida
Mix the juice from a couple of basil leaves with a piece of crushed ginger to make a thick paste. Add some asafetida to the mixture and keep stirring to mix it properly. Apply this mixture directly onto the boil and let it sit there for a while. This mixture is very effective in treating boils.
14. Over-The-Counter Antibiotics
Just like most skin infections, boils are caused by bacteria entering the skin through cuts and bruises. You can visit you local pharmacy for good antibiotics. These may be in the form of topical creams or tablets that you can ingest. Most physicians recommend topical creams because they are applied directly onto the problem area. Some of the most common antibiotics include Neosporin and Ichthammol ointment.
The above are some of the best methods on how to treat a boil in just a few days. It is important to note however, that since different people react differently to the methods, it would be advisable to seek your doctor’s input before trying the home remedies. Even though boils tend to react to treatment as they go through the healing process, you should report any unbearable pain or unusual feeling to your physician.