Mostly, boils appear on the face, armpits, eyes, neck, shoulders, thighs, and buttocks. If not treated in time, the infection might spread that may lead to the eruption of another boil in the nearby area. A cluster of boils is called as a carbuncle. These are contagious and can be spread through direct skin contact or sharing personal belongings of the affected person. Hormonal changes, excessive usage of oily cosmetics, perspiration, alcoholism, tight clothing, poor hygiene, weak immune system, malnutrition, more exposure to harsh chemicals, chemotherapy, and diabetes are some of the common causes that result in the occurrence of boils. In this article, you will learn some effectual home remedies to get rid of the boil.
Home Remedies for Boil
1. Black Seed
The therapeutic properties of black seeds help treat the skin problems, including boils.
Just grind some black caraway seeds along with some water and apply the resultant paste over the affected area. Black seed oil can also be applied to the boil.
Or else, mix ½ tbsp of black seed oil in hot/cold beverage and drink it regularly for about a week.
2. Bread Poultice
Soak a piece of bread in warm milk or water. Squeeze a little and place the soaked bread over the boil for a few minutes. It will increase the blood circulation and reduce the inflammation. Repeat this remedy twice a day until you get rid of the infection.
Apart from its culinary usage, turmeric is also useful in healing several ailments. Its anti-inflammatory properties cure boils to a great extent.
Simply add ½ tbsp of powdered turmeric in a glass of lukewarm milk, and drink it twice daily to speed up the healing process.
Alternatively, take 1 tbsp of turmeric with 2 tbsp of water and make a thick paste. Apply it directly to the boil and leave it for 20-30 minutes. Wash it off with cold water afterwards.
Boil half a cup of water and add 2 tbsp cornmeal to make a thick paste. Spread this mixture over the affected area and cover it with a clean washcloth. Leave it overnight and then sponge down in the morning. This process can be repeated several times a day.
5. Warm Compress
Add some salt to water and warm it. Dip a washcloth in it and wring out the excess water. Keep the washcloth over the boil. Leave it for 10 minutes. This remedy helps reduce the inflammation and redness very effectively (7, 8, 9).
Or else, soak your body in warm water for 15-20 minutes and then simply disinfect the area by applying the antiseptic cream. You can even cover it with a bandage. It is a very relaxing and effective home remedy for boil infection.
Onion helps alleviate the pain. It acts as an irritant when comes in contact with the infected area and thus, draws out all the impurities. Simply cut a slice of onion and place it on the boil. Cover it with a bandage. Change the onion slice after every 1 hour. Its anti-microbial properties will certainly do away the infection.
Milk accelerates the healing process and reduces the pain associated with boils. Heat 1 cup of milk and add 3 tbsp of salt, 1 tbsp of flour and some breadcrumbs to thicken the mixture. Apply this paste directly on the inflamed area and tie it, if required. Repeat it 4 to 5 times a day.
Alternatively, mix some milk cream, vinegar and ½ tbsp of turmeric powder. Whip and apply directly to the boil.
8. Banana Peel
The therapeutic properties of banana helps to get rid of inflamed skin.
It might sound strange, but ripe banana peel actually works wonders. Place a banana peel over the boil, tie it with a bandage and leave it overnight. Clean the area in the morning.
Heat 2-3 crushed garlic cloves and put it over the boil. Tie it up and leave it for the whole day. You may also extract its juice. Apply it using a cotton ball, twice a day. Garlic is a valuable remedy which is used traditionally for many skin ailments. Its anti-microbial properties also play a major role in inhibiting the infection.
Or else, chew 2-3 garlic cloves in a day to speed up the healing process.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Mix some water with apple cider vinegar and apply it to the affected area with the help of a cotton ball. This can be repeated several times a day.
Alternatively, apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with honey and applied over the affected area. Repeat it 2 times a day (20).