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Boils and Carbuncles Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Boils and Carbuncles

Boils and Carbuncles Home Remedy

A boil (also known as a furuncle) is a bacterial infection of a blocked oil gland or hair follicle. A boil usually appears suddenly as a painful pink or red bump about half an inch in diameter. The surrounding skin also may be red and swollen. Within 24 hours, the bump fills with pus. It grows larger and more painful for five to seven days, sometimes reaching golf-ball size before it develops a yellow-white tip that finally ruptures and drains. Boils generally clear completely in about two weeks. Small boils usually heal without scarring, but a large boil may leave a scar.

A carbuncle is a cluster of boils that often occurs on the back of the neck, shoulders, or thighs, especially in older men. Carbuncles cause a deeper and more severe infection than a single boil. As a result, they develop and heal more slowly and are likely to leave scars.

Causes of Boils and Carbuncles

Recurrent boils are commonly due to gastrointestinal bacteria which enter the blood stream and prompt a skin infection. They can also be caused by consuming too much sugar, either refined or even from fruit. Most small boils that are less than half an inch can be treated at home, but boils that are larger than that and that don't heal with home remedies require immediate medical care. Boils and carbuncles that are around sensitive areas (for example face, armpits, groin and breasts) should never be squeezed. If you see red lines radiating from the boil or it is accompanied by fever, chills, or swelling in other parts of your body, you should consult with your health provider right away. If you have diabetes, you should always consult with your doctor as soon as any kind of boil or carbuncle appears.

Home Remedies for Boils and Carbuncles

Boils and Carbuncles Home Remedy Using Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has been used as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic agent for centuries. As a result, many people have used it for the treatment of boils and carbuncles since it often speeds up the healing process and relieves discomfort.

  • Dab a cotton swab into the tea tree oil.
  • Gently apply the oil onto the boil/carbuncle with the swab.
  • Dispose of the used swab and be careful that it does not make contact with uninfected parts of your skin to prevent further infections.
  • Repeat this several times a day.

Home Remedy for Boils and Carbuncles with Turmeric

Many people have found the spice Turmeric to be an excellent remedy to treat boils and other staph infections. Turmeric is a traditional Ayurvedic spice that is often used as a blood purifier and anti-inflammatory remedy. It can be purchased in powder form from many Indian grocery stores. Using this powder, a simple and effective remedy for boils is the following:

  • Add 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of warm water.
  • Drink 3 times per day.
  • Healing will begin within a few hours.
  • Repeat for 3 days.

If you don't like the Turmeric mixture with water, look for Turmeric capsules at a health food store.

NOTE: Regular high doses of turmeric can lead to dehydration and constipation, so be sure to take the above remedy only when necessary, such as when you begin to see signs of a boil. A single weekly dosage of the remedy is also acceptable at other times as a preventative measure.

Hydrotherapy for Boils and Carbuncles

Hydrotherapy, which consists of warm or wet compresses, has been shown to help soothe the pain associated with boils. By compressing a boil with warmth, blood is drawn to the infected area, which helps the body fight the infection more quickly.

Washcloth Compress
Washcloth compresses are the best and easy way to treat a boil. Take a clean washcloth and dip it in fairly warm salt water and place it onto the boil. The compress should be very wet and warm and it should be placed on the boil for 10-15 minutes at least 5 times daily. It speeds up the process of bringing the boil to a head, which leads to draining and then healing.

Bread Compress
A bread compress is an old folk remedy and people find it works quite well. Soak a slice of bread in warm milk and apply it directly onto the boil. Keep replacing the bread slices to keep the infected boil warm for 15 minutes at a time, four times a day.

Tea Compress
Simply place a warm tea bag on the boil for 15 minutes at a time, several times a day.

Vegetable Compress
Heated slices of tomatoes, raw onions, mashed garlic, or the outer leaves of cabbage can be pressed directly onto a boil. Place heated chunks of any of these vegetables onto the boil for at least 15 minutes several times a day. Make sure that you keep the area warm by replacing it with new heated slices whenever you feel the area getting cold.

Natural Remedy for Boils and Carbuncles Using Onions

Onions have been known to contain antiseptic chemicals which can act as an effective antimicrobial irritant. Therefore, they can be used to treat boils by "heating" a boil and drawing blood to the infected area. A simple remedy is the following:

  • Cut a thick slice of onion and place it over the boil.
  • Wrap the infected area with a cloth.
  • Change the onion every three to four hours until the boil comes to a head and drains.

Natural Treatment for Boils and Carbuncles With Black Seed Oil

Black Seed Oil has been used for hundreds of years as a natural remedy for skin infections including boils/carbuncles. Therefore, a simple boil remedy is to mix half a teaspoon of black seed oil into a hot or cold drink, and take this twice daily during a boil infection.

Herbal Remedy for Boils or Carbuncles Using Echinacea

Echinacea has been found to be effective at healing boils. The active substances in the herb helps to clean your blood and lymph glands, allowing antibodies to circulate better and fight off infections. Therefore, a simple boil remedy is to take two 300mg capsules of Echinacea per day. However, it is not recommended that you take echinacea continuously for longer than two weeks.

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  1. on said:

    Get an 8 pack of raisins the snack size and eat one box a day for the rest of your life. This should keep those nasty boils away. I have just started doing this but I have researched this extensively and those who do the raisin therapy never see another boil even those who have gotten them all there lives. But when they stopped eating raisins the boils came back. I'm on my second box now. Will let you know how it goes and God bless everyone who is suffering.

  2. on said:

    Thank you for these tips for Boils! I will try them.

  3. on said:

    My adult daughter has been getting boils on her legs for the last few months (not sure why). The first time she went to the doctor, and it was outrageously expensive for not much treatment. The second time I tried a natural remedy that seemed to help. I applied a mix of lavender and frankincense essential oils (equal parts) directly to the boil and surrounding area. Then I immediately covered it with a warm/wet washcloth for a few minutes. Since it was painful, I finished the treatment by using roman chamomile essential oil on the surrounding area only (don't use on any open skin, just the surrounding skin). The chamomile is an analgesic so it helps with pain by taking the sting away. After I did this for a couple of days, it expressed the pus on its own and healed. I'm going to follow this treatment if she gets one again.

  4. on said:

    I get a boil all the time in the same spot. Usually it gets big then pops and after a few days of squeezing periodically to get rest of the pus out it goes away. This time I was able to pop a few spots which took a small amount of puss out but this thing has got huge now. It is a bruise like color at the very top of the boil and it's soft but will not form any heads or drain. It is hard all the way around except the top which I said was soft. I shower every day, but sweat a lot when working and while sleeping so I think that's why I get them. I will eventually get it drained but how would I prevent them from forming again? I can't go without wearing pants and it is located on my waistline just about where my belt buckle would be.

  5. on said:

    Does any one else get boils on their private areas? I've had them repeatedly for years, even before being sexually active. Actually to be exact I'm getting these boils since I started getting my menstrual cycle. Any suggestions? Because I won't have insurance until next year, and can't apply for it till November with my job.

  6. on said:

    All the above remedies could have positive effect on the carbuncles/boils.
    But please try the following and do not spend one penny to get rid of your carbuncle, you do not need any doctor. You have the solution in your kitchen.
    (a) Crush one garlic with an equal volume red onions (b) Soak a clean (sterile) cloth in hot water at +- 60° and place it on the boil for 60 seconds at least 3 times (c) Cut a piece of (sterile gauze bandage and lay over the boil) apply the onion and garlic crushed mix on the bandage, cover with another piece of gauze bandage, finally apply a plaster of bandage over the boil for 24 hours, you may repeat this process. But if the boil is open, press gently to get rid of pus. You may repeat the process, but I'm sure you are already healed. If you care say thank you.

  7. on said:

    Try tea tree oil for carbuncles and boils, and don't get any in the anus area it will burn a lot!

  8. on said:

    @ Pattrick, Sounds like you might have Hidradenitis Supurativa. Ask your doctor.

  9. on said:

    To treat boils, lay off dairy and sugar. Hot wet compress works. I'm thinking of making a Tumeric paste and applying it on boils. I've been using coconut oil and colloidal silver on my dogs ear infection, might help to use on boils too.

  10. on said:

    I agree cod liver oil taken internally daily and coconut oil applied on effective area works. I had suffered from boils since pre-teen. Now in my 50's I have to deal with inflammation on my face ears buttocks, legs and groins. But I find that taking Cod Liver and externally applying coconut oils works!

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