How To Care For A Boil

How To Care For A Boil

Boils are painful eruptions on the skin which can get infected. A boil if cared for should ideally heal on its own. In normal circumstances,a scab is formed around the area which then falls off.

Boils can occur anywhere in the body. They commonly occur around hair roots especially after hair removal and waxing. Not following proper hygiene can also result in the formation of boils.

The boil becomes tender, red and inflamed and pus starts accumulating in it as it gets infected. If not treated in time it can become larger over time and can be extremely painful.In severe cases, medical intervention may be needed where a cut is made and the pus is drained out.

Boils are typically caused by the staphylococcus bacteria. This enters the body through a cut in the skin and rapidly infects it. Some at-home tips can effectively treat a boil.

Warm Compresses To Care For A Boil

As the boil grows it becomes increasingly painful, red and swollen. Over a course of four to five days the boil gets infected leading to pus formation. The pus accumulates on the top to form a head. You can use warm water, cotton compress to soften the boil and drain put the pus. Keep draining out the pus till the head completely comes off. Ensure you use an antiseptic solution while draining the pus. Make sure your hands are clean.

Poultice To Care For A Boil

Another fabulous way of caring for a boil is the use of a poultice. Prepare a poultice by taking a piece of gauze. Heat some oil, turmeric and salt and apply this mixture on the gauze.Wrap the gauze around the boil and leave it on overnight.The turmeric has antiseptic properties that help to soften and burst the boil.

If you are lucky the boil will rupture and the pus can easily be drained out. Clean the boil thoroughly with dettol and squeeze out some of the blood to ensure that no germs remain. Apply an anti-septic ointment like soframycin or iodine to promote rapid healing.

Antibiotics To Care For A Boil

In case you get a cluster of boils and the infection is severe, get yourself tested for an infection. The doctor will probably arrest the infection with a short course of antibiotics.In case the boils are large and oozing pus, surgical intervention may be needed.

The doctor will give a shot of local anaesthesia to numb the site.A small incision will be given with a scalpel and the pus will be drained out. The wound may leave a large, gaping hole and may have to be dressed. You will have to go everyday for dressing till the wound completely heals.

If the infection has become a deep seated skin abscess then a more major surgery will have to be performed and intravenous antibiotics will be administered. Whether you care for the boil at home or at the hospital make sure to wash it and clean it daily with an anti septic solution to prevent an infection from recurring.

The best way to prevent skin boils is to follow scrupulous hygiene by not sharing clothes and toiletries of infected people and ensuring that grooming instruments at parlours are sterilized and clean.

Neha Chaturvedi