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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:

    Soujanya, Sorry to hear about your dad's health condition. After reading about his situation, it seems like he has deeper issues than dealing with just boils. Diabetes and dry skin are also serious factors. It seems like he needs a complete lifestyle make over. I dealt with boils for over 3 years and I can tell you it is exhausting. Thank God after making a few lifestyle changes, I don't get them anymore at all. Based upon my experience, here are a few things I can suggest. Start with a healthy low sugar and immune boosting diet plan. There are plenty available for diabetic people online. Drink plenty of water, and eat more green vegetables and less fruits. Sugar and carbs are a big no. Personal hygiene is very important - boils are extremely infectious. Using gloves when dealing with boils and carbuncles, and a separate antibacterial soap for him will help. Changing, disinfecting and washing his sheets, washcloths and towels separately and daily is important. Rinsing the body with Tea Tree oil or Eucalyptus Oil mixed water after bathing can help disinfect the skin. Keeping the skin moisturized helps because cracks in dry skin can let the infection in. I used coconut oil as a moisturizer. For me Oil of Oregano was a great help, I took 3-4 drops 3 times daily. Oil of Oregano is a natural antibiotic. Hot cabbage leaf compresses and drinking 1 tsp of Turmeric powder mixed in hot milk worked great for me. I found applying Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil to the infected skin and taking Oil of Oregano were saviours. Make sure keep taking oil of oregano at least for another one week after all the boils are gone. It helps cleanse the body from any infection. Whenever I feel any kind of skin infection or throat infection starting, I take 3 drops of Oil of Oregano and it goes away over night. It is a magic oil! I hope it helps.

  2. on said:

    Hi, my dad has been suffering from boils and carbuncles for a year now. He is diabetic too. He gets them mostly on his back, face and stomach. If one is healing, the others would be ready to come out. A few carbuncles made him undergo surgeries about 4 times. I am not able to find out the reason which is causing all this. He has dry skin but he does everything he can to keep it moisturized and his blood sugar level is under control too. Please help me! I can't see him suffer. Write me a suitable solution because he has one on his back right now. Please help me as soon as possible!

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    I've had a carbuncle. Applying warm water with Epsom salt helps. However, I bought some prunes warmed them with a lighter then applied it to the carbuncle. I placed a round flat cotton ball on top then bandaged it. I cleaned it and replaced the warm prune twice per day. Also make sure you take out the seed from the prune. The carbuncle drained and the entire root came out. It's not pretty during the process but it works. I hope my simple remedy helps.

  4. on said:

    I have suffered with boils for many years and I'm now in my early 50's. I was finally, in 2007, diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, for anyone who suffers continual boils in the armpits or groin you might check the condition online and then speak to a dermatologist but you can be treated by an informed doctor in your local area. I have now reached the end of stage 2 and into stage 3, I've tried all the relevant anti biotics and treatments and am now looking at oral retinoids. I'm not trying to be scary but for many years I wasted time with doctors who failed to correctly diagnose me because few practitioners are aware of the problem.

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    I'm sorry to hear your father has been struggling. Recurrent boils like you are describing are an indicator of a systemic issue, not dermatologic. Treating the individual boils will not prevent them from recurring if the root cause is something like diabetes or an allergy he may have developed. Holistic remedies have a place but seeing a doctor could be imperative to identifying the root cause of the boils. Antibiotics could actually be stripping his body of the healthy bacteria needed to fight off infections. Probiotics have helped me in managing my skin issues as well as some stomach and poor immune system problems. I personally have found if I am not eating well, like too much processed food, I become much more prone to the boils. Boosting his intake of greens while decreasing fruits could also help. Personal hygiene is also a piece, boils are highly infectious. Things like using soaps that have antibacterial properties, using a fresh washcloth and towel daily, and changing sheets weekly or more often could help. The soaps don't have to be stuff with triclosan, but made with tea tree or lavender. Coconut oil is also a nice antimicrobial moisturizer if he is struggling with dry skin. Dry skin has cracks which opens you to more infections. Finding out whats causing them will greatly help in getting them under control. Once that happens, managing chronic boils requires being very methodical and and finicky in your skin care routine. I hope this helps.

  6. on said:

    Dear Devin have you been to a doctor? I will pray for you. I am sorry you have had so much pain for so long. Colleen

  7. on said:

    I recently went to the dermatologist to check a boil I recently got. While there I told the derm I had a history of boils under my armpit that would come and go away after taking Bactrim. The dermatologist recommended I wash my armpits with Hibiclens (it's an antiseptic/antimicrobial skin cleanser) found over the counter at your local drugstore.

  8. on said:

    shalini, i had these "boils" for 3 years,every few months they would come and destroy my arm,well being i am a guy and i hate going to the doctor i ended up trying all the homemade remedies, none worked well,about 8 months ago my best friend had a infection and he was prescribed bactrim which is a great antibiotic, he took like 10 and gave me the rest (30) i took about 25 and 8 month's later no boils whatsoever ,i cant tell you how happy i am and how stupid i was for not going to the doctor sooner,now my arm is covered in scars, luckily i have somewhat redish skin so it hides them somewhat, tell your dad not to be so stubborn and just stop by the emergency room, they will hook him up with some bactrim, it did wonders for me!!

  9. on said:

    My dad has been suffering for months now with boils. Every second day a new one develops. He is currently sitting with 3 at the same time. We have tried every sort of medication available from antibiotics to creams and home remedies but they just do not stop coming. Besides that my dad refuses to see a doctor so if there is a doctor reading this your help will be highly appreciated. Thank you!

  10. on said:

    Toothpaste will dry the boil and bring it to a head as well.

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