Boils are an itchy, red painful lump that is sore to the touch. The lump is then filled with pus within 24 hours and takes on a round appearance with a yellow-white tip. It usually takes from 10 to 25 days before a boil heals. Most of the time, a boil will not heal until it bursts and drains.
Boils are often caused by the bacteria S. aureus but there are also other types of bacteria that can cause a boil if they get into a hair follicle or oil gland. There are several factors that can make a person more susceptible to boils and these include previously having boils, close contact with another person who has boils, and skin conditions such as Eczema, psoriasis, or significant skin irritation that allows bacteria to access deeper skin tissues.
Some of the well-known remedies for boils are as follows:
Alugbati Leave Poultice – crush 3 alugbati leaves and apply as a poultice. Twice a day.
Gumamela Flower And Leaves Poultice – we can crush five fresh leaves and poultice the infected area or pound two flower buds into a paste and apply to the boil. Do this twice a day.
Sambong Leaves – simply chop 5 fresh leaves. Apply directly as a poultice on the boil, 2 times a day.
Turmeric And Ginger
These spices should be mixed to make a paste, or boiled together alongside a clean washcloth in salted water, and applied to the boil for 5 to 10 minutes daily.
For this remedy, we need to soak the area in Epsom Salt baths or compresses for at least 1 hour. Do this at least twice a day or more as it can help the boil drain and improve the blood flow to the area.
Castor Oil Extract
Can be applied to the boil whenever changing the gauze or bandage.
Tips To Prevent Boils
- Be physically active.
- Wash the skin regularly with a mild soap or antibacterial rinse.
- Exfoliate the skin once a week using a textured cloth, brush, glove, or loofah.
- Clean and cover broken or damaged skin with a sterile dressing, such as a bandage or gauze.
- Improve immune function by staying hydrated and eating a nutritious diet
- After touching a boil or someone with one, make sure to wash your hand thoroughly using antibacterial soap.