A boil occurs when pus gathers in an inflamed skin tissue area. It begins on a tender, irritated area on the skin and over time, the skin reddens and gets firm and hard.

The center of the boil fills with pus and infection fighting white blood cells, along with bacteria and proteins sent to eradicate the infection. The pus forms a head, which can be surgically opened or drained out through the surface of the skin.

Boils do not have one, single determined cause for their occurrence. They can be caused by ingrown hair, a splinter lodged in your skin, or infected sweat glands. Being one of the most common skin infections, boils plague people young and old, alike, and range in severity from a annoying pimple to a painful abscess. While boils can be treated with either home remedies or medications, any painful boil not rapidly responding to treatment should be seen by a doctor.

Hot baths and hot packs are the primary treatments for boils, but any form of consistent heat application would suffice. The body is able to fight off the infection quicker when circulation in the area is accelerated by applied heat. 10 – 15 minutes of hot compress, four to five times a day will help bring the boil to a head and promote easy drainage.

Organic foods and juices contain helpful nutrients for the skin and immune system. These unique combinations of those resources are specially suited to be home remedies for boils:


  • Onion or garlic juice applied topically helps to ripen and break boils, then drain them of their pus.
  • Mix a teaspoon of lime with fresh bitter gourd and consume on an empty stomach daily to accelerate recovery.
  • Create a paste of one teaspoon milk cream, ½ teaspoon of vinegar, and a pinch of turmeric powder to apply to the irritated skin. This unique mixture accelerates the ripening of blood boils and heals them without becoming septic.
  • Coat a soft, warm betal leaf with a layer of castor oil and lay it over the inflamed skin, replacing the leaf every few hours. The boil will rupture after several applications, and then the pus will drain out.
  • Topical application of a ground cumin seed paste also yields great results.
  • Steep parsley in boiled water until it is soft, then, wrap the hot leaf in clean muslin or linen cloth and put on the inflamed area to sooth and heal the skin.
  • Applying turmeric powder to boils enables them to ripen quickly and burst.


Self-Care and Prevention for Prolonged Health and Beauty

For those with frequent outbreaks of boils, consider using an antiseptic soap to clean your skin to decrease the number of recurrences. Antibacterial soaps likewise act to prevent the formation of boils by preventing bacteria from building up on the skin, reducing the chance for infections to spread to the hair follicles. If hair follicles all over your body continue to be inflamed, regular use of a loofah can break up oil plugs and build up around the follicles.

Cysts can also turn into boils. Avoiding irritation and direct pressure where the hair follicle becomes inflamed, is key to prevent cysts. Regular soap and hot water cleaning and drying of the infected area is always helpful.

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