Boils are puss-filled nodules that develop on or below the skin in response to bacteria that has lodged in the pores of the infected area. They can be unsightly and are accompanied by discomfort which can range from mild to extreme. The natural response to the occurrence of a boil is to want to pop it or dig the offending material out of the skin. when treating boils at home, this urge must be mitigated in order to safely and efficiently heal the boil. Improper home treatment of boils could lead to the spread of the bacteria to form more boils, compound the existing one or spread infection through the blood stream. Any treatment for boils will take at least a few days, so do not be discouraged when one or more methods do not show immediate improvement. Boils don’t develop instantly and cannot be cured instantly either.
The pain the boil inflicts upon the sufferer is due to the inflammation of the affected area. Warm, moist heat is one of the best tools in home treatment for boils to combat this discomfort. a bath with Epsom salts will not only help to soothe the pain, but will also encourage the impurities to rise and flow out of the skin’s pores. If the boil is still beneath the skin surface, it will help draw it to the surface where it can drain and heal. Follow the directions on the Epsom salt packaging for the amount of product to use in a bath and only remain in it for 15-20 minutes.
One can also use a moist, warm towel to prepare the boil for the application of other remedies. just lay the well wrung towel over the affected area and allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes or until cool. This will open the pores and make the area more receptive to treatment.
It is important to keep the boil area as clean as possible. when using antiseptics to cleanse the area, it is best not to dry the skin out which will cause it to crack or become more painful. Tea tree oil and Aloe Vera are the best items to use for this purpose. They will also help draw the impurities to the surface to allow for drainage.
The result of treatment will eventually be that the boil empties of the puss that has accumulated during the body’s fight with the invading bacteria. it is best if the drainage happens naturally. do not squeeze the boil as that could force the bacteria into the blood stream. If the boil has come to a head on the surface of the skin, it may be “lanced” with a thin sewing needle. Be sure to sterilize the needle and only lightly puncture the boil. Once punctured, the boil and surrounding area should be gently cleansed with an antiseptic and covered with gauze bandaging. Change the bandages regularly until the drainage has completed.
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