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Boils and Carbuncles Home Remedy

Signs and Symptoms of Boils and Carbuncles


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

Boils and Carbuncles

Recurrent boils are commonly caused by gastrointestinal bacteria which prompt a skin infection. They can also be caused by consuming too much sugar, either refined or even from fruit. Open boils and carbuncles are contagious, therefore, can also be contracted from others. 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 and 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:

    I am thrilled to have read this comprehensive guide to handling boils and carbuncles effectively using natural remedies. I loved the insight, especially the idea of using regular food products such as onions and turmeric to cure the infection. Boils and carbuncles can be quite painful, especially if they appear in areas prone to constant contact. I would give a leg and an arm to lift the pain. That's why the black seed oil caught my attention and led me to order mine right away and I am hoping to chase away all those ailment with this magic oil.

  2. on said:

    Thank you all for this information. I also suffer from boils and I'm going to try the oils and the Dial soap remedies and also I have purchased the black seed oil.

  3. on said:

    There are many minerals and vitamins found in great quantity in walnuts which provide nourishment to the skin. Walnuts keep the skin moisturized which is very important for glowing and healthy skin. A scrub of walnuts and yogurt is one of the best solutions for skin discoloration. Take some yogurt and add crushed walnuts to it. Make a thick paste and apply it on the dark skin. Scrub for a few minutes and then allow it to dry. Use cold water or rose water to wash it off.

  4. on said:

    Hey, can you please tell me how did you use the mixture? Did you directly apply it on the boil?

  5. on said:

    I suffered from boils from my teens into my early 30's when finally one doctor advised me to use ONLY antibacterial soap, no more fragrant floral body washes, Dove soap, etc. It was the best advise I've ever received. No more boils. It's been nearly 15 years, and I only use DIAL brand antibacterial soap, or shower gel. I travel extensively, and I pack my own soap to use. No hotel soaps and shower gels. Try it, I guarantee it will work for you.

  6. on said:

    So you ingest any of the turmeric mixture or only use it topically, for boils? It seems like you used several different things. Do they all have to be used or did just the Turmeric work?

  7. on said:

    Thank you, I've been pretty sure the end was coming soon, I too have thought this will kill me and what a horrible way for it to end. Again, thank you so much for the suggestions!

  8. on said:

    I hear your pain about the boils!!! I had been suffering from a carbuncle in my underarm for the past FIVE years. I searched online and experimented with everything I could find that might help. I gave ample amount of time to each thing I tried to work and nothing seemed to clear it up completely and it continuously came back. At the very best it would start looking better but would never quite go away. It looked like a bruised area that would fill up if I let up with whatever remedy I was trying at the time. And my arm and shoulder would hurt too. I almost gave up several times. I even tried antibiotics in high doses which would make it almost go away but the minute I stopped taking them it would blow back up again. I have to admit that several times in frustration and agony I would cry and ask myself, is this what is going to kill me? Because as far as I could tell, up to that point, nothing I did made it go away or stay away. While searching and reading everything I could find online, I always swore to myself that I would tell the world if I ever figured out what would work. I know several people who suffer with boils and thus far no doctor has been able to clear them up.
    Well, guess what?? I have come back to share some really awesome news! My carbuncle is almost completely gone. I have not seen this area on my arm look this well in 5 years!!! The color is all back to normal. I have scarring where the boil drained during several of my bouts with it but I expect those to clear up as it can now complete its healing process. YES!!!!
    First, if the boil has not drained, TURMERIC will drain it fast if you use the remedy where you heat a mixture of 1 TBSP COCONUT OIL to 1 tsp TURMERIC and a few dashes of BLACK PEPPER. Heat that in a double boiler. I put it in a measuring cup & set it in a small pan with boiling water in it. Let it boil for 15 minutes, then cool before taking it. I took a 1/2 tsp and it starts draining within the hour.
    You can buy all of these ingredients through Amazon for not very much price! I will always have them at home after I have seen this miracle. I can not believe it is working so well after all I have tried! I started putting this mixture onto the boil before it even started draining and I put it on at least twice a day.
    Put a couple of drops of LAVENDER OIL on your finger and rub it on it, then rub on a couple of drops of FRANKINCENSE OIL & then a couple of drops of MYRRH. Also, I'm taking BLACK SEED OIL as a part of my daily regimen. I take 1 tsp of BLACK SEED OIL a day. This works very well!
    Prepare to be amazed! I will never be plagued by those nasty painful tings again and neither will you! Wishing you all happy healthy wonderful lives!
    P.S. When you try this and experience how well it works, please pass it on to others! People need to know that there is help for these things. Mine was 1 boil in the beginning before I went to the doctor. But after he smashed around on it, it was extremely painful to do that, and it turned into 4 or 5 boils in a row. Then he wanted to talk about surgically removing them! And I had a skin specialist tell me that it would just come back if they cut it out. There was no solution to be found there until now.

  9. on said:

    Sometimes getting boils means you have Hidradenitis suppurativa - it usually starts between the age of 16 and 29 and sometimes goes away after menopause. I've learned to keep acidic food in my diet and it seems to help. Another tip is, when you use washcloths do not reuse them, and don't let anyone else in your family use the one you have used. There is a cleanser you can use that will help too - it's called Hibiclens. You may find it at a pharmacy. And avoid smoking, it makes the symptoms worse.

  10. on said:

    I've been suffering from boils, from time to time, for about a year after I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my leg. Don't know if the blood clot has anything to do with it. But now I've come up with a treatment plan that helps me. Once I notice a boil coming, I mix Epsom salt in warm water, as warm as I can stand, and soak in it for about a half hour once daily. And after bathing I apply Nlue star ointment onto the boil for the first 1-3 days then by the 4th day or so I also start applying an anti-fungal cream. At this point the boil comes to a head. So once that happens, I continue to keep it clean and dry and continue the soaks & anti-fungal cream application until the infection is completely gone. I hope it helps!

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