A boil is an acute inflammation of the skin, most often caused by bacteria and is mainly due to lack of hygiene and sometimes random, invisible injuries that have been exposed to dirt for some time. This type of inflammation most commonly occurs in diabetics, malnourished people, those who suffer from gastrointestinal diseases or have had infectious diseases.
What causes boils to form?
Boils often occur in places where we scratch or where we use a brush, sometimes even rubbing the rough fabric against the skin can trigger the boil formation. Of course we have to be careful when it comes to skin injuries and small open wounds, because that is usually the precondition for the boil occurrence.
The lack of essential fatty acids, vitamin B2 and B6, folic acid, zinc may also increase the risk of an acute inflammation of the sebaceous glands.
Boils usually occur in areas of the skin where there is a combination of hair and sweat: underarms, back of the neck, the shoulders, the inner thigh, groin and genitals, the forearms and the front of the hand and sometimes the face and lips.
How to prevent boils?
If boils start to develop more frequently that may be a sign of a weakened immune system. In order to prevent this type of infection you need to increase the body’s resistance and boost your immune system. To achieve this, it is necessary to reduce the intake of saturated fats and trans fats, sugar, white flour, soda and alcoholic drinks, cigarettes and caffeine. Regular exercise and fresh air are also of great importance, while stress can be controlled with different relaxation techniques (yoga, pilates, breathing exercises, psychotherapy, etc.), then herbal teas: lemon balm tea, hops tea, valerian tea, St. John’s wort tea and many other herbs that also help the body to cope with stress.
Teas that boost immunity
Nature offers a whole range of plants among which the most prominent are garlic, echinacea, lemon, fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, etc… We suggest a mixture of garlic and lemon, or honey and cinnamon. These are the best combinations for strengthening the immune system.
Also it is very important to maintain personal hygiene properly and wash and change your clothes and underwear regularly . If you exercise in the gym, make sure that your skin is not in direct contact with equipment as it may cause a skin infection.
Do not squeeze or pierce a boil
The most important rule for the treatment of boils is that you should never squeeze them, because it could cause the infection to spread and may lead to complications.
How to treat a boil
Most boils get better without the need for medical treatment and can be successfully treated at home. One of the best ways for treatment is to soak the compress in hot water and apply to a boil for 10-15 minutes, until it cools down. You should repeat the treatment three or four times a day. The amount of blood circulating around the boil will be increased because of the heat, which means more infection-fighting white blood cells are sent there.
When to seek medical care?
If the boil is too persistent and cannot be cured with home treatment, and you start feeling fatigue, weakness, fever, night sweats, hypersensitive skin, it is necessary to seek professional help.
Home Remedies for Boils
Onion – contains antiseptic and anti-inflammatory substances, and it has been long known as a powerful tool against various infections.
Onion slice recipe:
- Take one onion slice (cold or heated, as preferred), brush it with oil and place it on the sore spot. Wrap it with a bandage to keep the onion in place and hold for about five hours.
Onion porridge recipe:
- Take two finely chopped onions and combine with 150ml of any edible oil. Then cook over low heat until you get a desired mixture.
- Rub this mixture several times a day, or you can make a compress (hold it for two hours a day)
Warm balm treatment
One of the best ways to speed up the healing process is to apply a warm compress.
Cabbage leaf recipe:
- Put the leaf in boiling water for one minute then let it cool for a while.
- Wrap it in cheesecloth and place it on a boil.
- You should repeat the treatment two to three times a day.
Marshmallow, red elm and bur plant recipe:
- Put two tablespoons of these herbs in boiling water and stir until you get a smooth mass.
- Add a few drops of eucalyptus oil then soak a piece of cheesecloth in it.
- Place it on a boil, wrap it with a bandage and hold it for one hour.
- Make sure to keep the cheesecloth warm, you can use a plastic bottle filled with hot water.
Marigold oil – an excellent remedy for various skin diseases, whether it is used as a compress or as oil.
The marigold tea is recommended for both internal and external use, because it cleanses the blood and helps treating various skin infections after being used for a longer period of time. The marigold oil stimulates circulation, which also contributes to the treatment of boils.
Marigol oil recipe:
- Soak fresh petals in any cold-pressed oil, and let it stand for a few weeks.
- Keep in mind to strain it before using.
Folk remedies for boils
- Make a compress of freshly grated potatoes or boiled flax seeds and place on the affected area. Change the compress every three hours.
- Apply a few drops of propolis to a boil several times a day and cover it with clean cheesecloth or a bandage.
- Mix three tablespoons of nettle and walnut leaves and two tablespoons of horsetail (Equisetum) and put the mixture in 3 dl of boiling water. Drink one cup of this tea three times a day.