Skin boils are sometimes also called skin abscesses and these are pockets of infection located under the skin. These may form due to common problems such as an ingrown hair, acne or a foreign object such as a splinter under the skin. Normally the first signs that the problem is a skin boil is that of a red and hard area which is tender to the touch. In later stages the boil will become larger and much less firm and eventually will erupt and drain however until that time it can be very uncomfortable. A person who has a boil will usually want to know how to get rid of skin boils in the fastest way possible.
Heat is one of the most effective ways to help shorten the course of a skin boil. Heat causes blood to flow to the abscess and this brings the body’s defenses into play with infection fighting cells. In addition it helps shorten the time until the boil is ready to drain which is the road to healing any boil.
It is usually not very effective to lance an abscess while it is still firm as the abscess is often still deep underneath the skin. Heat will shorten the length of time required though. Heat should be applied over that area as much as possible but care must be taken not to burn the person with the heating pad.
Persons who are less sensitive to heat should not sleep with a heating pad and should remove it frequently to let their skin cool down. The area around the skin boil should be kept clean. using an antibacterial soap before and after a boil erupts can be very helpful.
Some people use poultices in an attempt to help rid themselves of boils more quickly. Poultices of such common items as onion, garlic, mild cream, Turmeric, or parsley are thought to have some effect and reduce the time required for the boil to become soft and ready to drain. Whether or not this is effective is debatable but even if poultices are used, heat should still be applied.
After a boil drains or is lanced it leaves a hole in the skin where the abscess was. this hole is a wound and must be treated with due care to avoid infection. Treating that area might include washing thoroughly with soap and water or even applying a topical antibiotic or disinfectant.
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