Bacterially infected hair follicles or oil glands can form raised, reddish spots on the skin that pretty much look like an outrageous version of pimples known as boils or furuncles. The most common areas for boils to occur are places on the body where there’s a lot of friction and sweat, like the armpits and buttocks. And at their worst, they can be quite red, swollen and painful to the slightest touch.
There are many causes of developing boils such as poor hygiene, weak immune systems, skin conditions like eczema or scabies, staph carriers, obese people, poor nutrition etc.
Common boil symptoms are:
- Swollen, red lump deep in the skin
- Size of a pea or a golf ball
- Whitish-yellow top filed with pus
- Clear fluid
- A crust
When it comes to how to get rid of a boil, there are several options:
- Good Hygiene
Avoid antibacterial soaps and creams as they cannot help much once a boil is formed. Regular soap and water work just as effectively as antibacterial soaps without the harmful side effects. Gently wash the boil area two times a day with natural soap and water, and apply a warm compress to the boil. This will make the boil to drain on its own naturally. Once it begins to drain, wash it with a natural antibacterial soap that contains tea tree oil. Then apply a natural antibiotic ointment. Bathe regularly and do not share washcloths and towels and avoid contact with someone who has a staph infection or boils.
- Proper skin care
Proper skin care is very important because even a small scratch or an opening in the skin can allow bacteria in, especially if you come in direct contact with someone who has a boil. Always make sure to properly clean all scratches and wounds on the body to prevent infection.
- Healthy diet
Diet can play a big part in boil formation and healing. Decreasing or cutting out sugar may help prevent boils before they start.