Dealing with boils is a dreadful experience. Boil, known as furuncle in medical terms, is principally a bacterial infection in skin (mostly staphylococcus) which resides in hair follicle. Boils may be small red spots, pimple-like, small to large lumps – generally larger than a diameter of one-half inch.
They occur mainly in body parts with hair follicle such as face, underarm, scalp, thigh, groin, and buttocks. In their life cycle of two weeks, boils first grow, then gradually get filled with pus and finally burst. Scientifically they are harmless, but in reality bring lot of discomfort and pain.
Boils cause irritation which makes it necessary to deal quickly with it. Other than antibiotics which accompany side effects, there are several natural cures which are very useful in tackling boils.
Natural Cures For Treating Boils
Turmeric has got mention even in Vedas for their anti-inflammatory properties and blood-purifying effects. Application of turmeric paste directly on the boil gives great results in healing boils.
Another method is by taking one tablespoon of turmeric powder with warm water. This should be taken for three times a day. Basically, about 450 mg of turmeric powder should be consumed per day to cure boils.
Dip a cotton swab in castor oil and plant it on the boil, covering it with a band-aid. Castor oil extensively acts on the boil and removes all the contents of the boil, healing it within about two days. Indeed quick right?
Tea Tree Oil
Apply tea tree oil on the boil every morning directly on the boil. The oil with its antiseptic nature acts on the boil and gives relief from boil. The oil should be applied every morning after shower till the time the boil disappears.
Apply a warm mixture of Epsom salt on the boil for nearly half an hour for three times. This may appear time consuming method, but has been trusted for providing soothing effect and huge relief from burning sensation of boil.
Apple Cider Vinegar
It acts as a strong cleansing agent and a disinfectant. Moistening the boil with apple cider vinegar allows it to act deep within the boil and give relief from discomfort of boil. Apple cider vinegar can also be taken orally with water.
Onion and Garlic
They are world renowned for their antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Place small pieces of raw onion or garlic on the boil. Because of their easy availability, it is widely used to deal with boils.
Put a small piece of uncooked potato slice on the boil and leave it for about half an hour. Potato acts on the boils and removes all the pus from it, flattening it off. More important is the fact that it heals boils without burning. Try it out yourself to believe.
You might not have thought that corn meal (known as makka ka aatta) could have a role to play in curing boils. Apply a thick paste of corn meal prepared with water on the boil.
Repeat this process for three to four times a day. Corn meal with it absorptive property sucks out the pus from the boil and helps in getting relief from irritation of boil.
Other Dietary supplements
Formation of a boil is indicative of weakened immune system due to lack of essential nutrients. We must follow a healthy dietary regime in our daily lives to remain fit and fine. Green leafy vegetables and fiber-rich diet should be taken on regular basis.
Apart from this, diet which is rich in Vitamin C – anti-inflammatory in nature, Vitamin E – excellent antioxidant, Vitamin A – which is a strong immune system stimulant and zinc – which is a powerful healing agent, should be taken. We should completely abstain from processed outdoor food and caffeine containing drinks.
These simple natural cures to deal with boils may take a little time before complete healing, but the patience is worth it since these measures bring relieving results. However, if despite these treatments, the boil continues to persist along with other symptoms such as fever, sustained swelling, irresistible pain or change in appetite, then the advice of a doctor should be sought without any delay.
Also, we know that prevention is better than cure. It has been strictly advisable that the boils should not be pricked with needle or any pointed thing in the need of getting immediate relief. Doing this may actually spread the infection further and may lead to multiple boils popping out. Remember that boils are actually harmless, and so give them a little time and patience.