How To Treat A Boil (कराट)? Do you want to know What causes boils? and How you can get rid of boils fast? Here you will learn various ways on how to prevent boils and also home remedies for boils on face, buttocks, leg, skin, back and armpit.
Boil Treatment: How to treat a boil Fast [Home Remedies]
First of all, let me explain you
⭐ What is a Boil?
In Marathi boil is called as ‘ कराट ‘.
A boil is a red painful, pus-filled bump under the skin caused by infected, inflamed oil gland or hair follicle.
They can occur anywhere, but most often in hairy areas that sweat or gets rubbed. The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, back, groin area and buttocks.
A boil forms on the eyelid is called as sty.
If one hair follicle is infected it is called as a furuncle, and If several boils appear in a group then it is called as a carbuncle (which is more serious infection).
|Stages of Boil|
Now, Let me tell you
⭐ Causes of Boils
Boils are mostly caused by infection with the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. This bacteria lives on your skin without causing harm. However it gets passed into the body through tiny nicks or cuts in the skin (small cracks in the skin), or it may travel down the hair to the follicle.
Initially, the affected skin becomes red, and a lump appears. With time (4-7 days), the lump may turn white as pus starts to accumulate under the skin. This makes the boil quite painful.
The infection can spread to other parts of your body, or to other people if proper preventions are not taken.
Certain medical conditions can also expose you to a greater risk of developing boils. They are:
- Lack of good personal hygiene
- Low immunity
- Lack of necessary nutrients in the body
- Anaemia or iron deficiency
- Chemical exposure due to heavy use of harsh soaps, creams or detergents which results in skin irritation
- Unfavourable weather conditions like extreme heat or humidity
How do I get to know I have got a boil ?
⭐ What are the Symptoms of Boil?
A boil starts as a red, hard, painful lump usually about half an inch in size. Over the next few days, this lump becomes larger, softer, and more painful. Soon a pocket of pus gets formed on the top of the boil.
These are the signs of a severe infection:
- The skin around the boil becomes infected. It turns red, painful, warm, and swollen.
- More boils may appear around the original one.
- A fever may develop.
- Lymph nodes may become swollen.
OMG I got a boil ! What should I do!? HELP….. !
Don’t worry, here are some proven
⭐ Boil Treatments
Ok. Now let us come to the point and see how can you treat boils.
If you get a boil, it is essential to regularly clean the affected area properly with a suitable antiseptic wash to prevent the infection from spreading. In case the boil bursts, you should wipe the area clean with some cotton and antiseptic wash. On drying, cover it with gauze or dressing to prevent yourself from touching it. Resist the temptation to squeeze or pierce the boil as this may result in scarring and spreading of infection to the nearby areas of your body.
If the boil seems to be growing bigger or spreading, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Bear in mind to complete the whole course even if the boils fade away.
You may also apply an anti-infective cream on the boils after consulting your doctor. In few cases, the doctor may suggest open the boil surgically and drain the pus out.
Note: What if your baby got a boil ?
You can treat boils on the baby’s head by rubbing alcohol on the area. Doing this will disinfect the area and can heal the boils which may have developed because of a simple infection. In case if there are multiple boils on the head, the probable cause usually is heat and the weather. In such a scenario, applying coconut oil on infected area can prove very useful as it has cooling properties.
Please, will you tell me some
⭐ Home Remedies to Cure Boils
Oh! Of course I will …
In most cases, boils get healed on their own in a few days’ time. Nevertheless, you can also try the following home remedies to hasten (boost) the healing course:
1. Warm compress
For instant relief from pain, you can place a warm compress on the affected area and the boil for a few minutes. You can repeat this action a couple of times during the day. This may also help the pus to ooze out of the boil after which the healing can begin.
When the boil starts draining, you must wash it with an antibacterial soap until all the pus is gone and clean with rubbing alcohol. Now Apply a medicated ointment (topical antibiotic) and a bandage. You should continue to wash the infected area two to three times a day (everyday) and to use warm compresses until the wound heals.
🚫 Do not pop the boil with a needle 🙅♂
😕 This could make the infection worse.😨
2. Honey therapy
Honey is a natural antiseptic. Hence, applying honey to the boil can be a good idea.
3. Porridge compress
You can also try the porridge treatment. For this make a warm compress of porridge by wrapping porridge in a clean cotton cloth and then dipping it in hot milk. Porridge efficiently reduces inflammation and thus quickens the healing process.
4. Parsley leaves
You can also treat books by using a compress of parsley leaves. Boil parsley leaves till they turn soft and after draining the extra water, a compress can be prepared. Applying this compress to the boil helps to heal the boil sooner.
Putting turmeric powder on the boils can also prove useful in treating them as it possess antiseptic properties.
6. A mix of onion and garlic juice
If in any case, the boil ruptures, you can put a concoction of onion and garlic juice on it. This help to destroy the bacteria and also to accelerate the healing.
What to do if I just started getting a boil? OR
If my boil is small?
⭐ How To Treat Small Boils?
You can treat small boils on your own at home. Small boils usually take anywhere from a few days to three weeks to heal.
Here are a some tips for getting rid of a small boil:
- You should not squeeze or try to drain a boil yourself. This can lead to a spread of the infection or may cause a secondary infection of the boil.
- You should place a warm, wet washcloth on the boil several times a day.
- Add little pressure when holding the washcloth in place. Take care that it should not directly puncture the boil.
- When your boil ruptures naturally, keep it covered with a fresh, clean bandage or gauze. This protects the infection from spreading to other places.
- Don’t forget to wash your hands well after caring for your boil. This also helps to prevent the infection from spreading.
Isn’t it easy?
Now, you might be thinking ….. (let me guess) …..
But what if I have got a BIG ONE?
What to do now?
⭐ How To Treat Large Boils
Don’t worry, here is the solution …
If you got a large boil or a group of boils (carbunculosis), you should seek your doctor for treatment. Doctor will drain a large boil or carbuncle safely.
If a large boil becomes soft and won’t burst on its own, your doctor can take care of this issue by carefully draining it.
In some cases, doctor may prescribe you antibiotics to help clear up the infection. This is especially the case with face boils, because they run a higher risk of complications such as scarring or secondary infection.
I’m sorry. But sadly, in this case you need to visit doctor.
Because, in such severe case consulting a doctor is important instead of trying and waiting it to heal and making matter worse.
I would also like to tell you about
⭐ Recurrent Furunculosis
If you suffer boils that keeps returning more than three times in a year, you have a condition called recurrent furunculosis. Recurrent furunculosis gets spread more easily, especially among the members of your family, since it reoccurs often.
Mostly, the boils of recurrent furunculosis appear in areas where the skin folds. These areas include in the underarms, under the breasts, under the stomach, and in the groin area.
Recurrent furunculosis should be treated by a doctor.
Did you get bored?
I hope the answer is NO.
With your permission, let us dive into
⭐ How To Prevent Boils?
1. Preventing Baby Boils
First we will see how we can take care to prevent baby boils.
Certain things may be practised to avoid boils on the baby. Some of them can be
- Maintain proper hygiene for the baby.
- Ensure that your baby is having healthy and balanced meals.
- Wash hands repeatedly while handling the baby.
- You must regularly change baby’s towels, bed sheets and wash clothes and wash them thoroughly with hot water.
- You can prevent boils from spreading further by keep the dressing it and change it from time to time. After use ensure you dispose it carefully.
- In case pus boil bursts, clean it properly and ensure that the pus doesn’t come in contact with other areas of the baby’s body.
- You need to keep a look for any signs of new boils appearing on the baby’s body.
2. How to get rid of a boil fast?
(Tell me fast, I want to know it! )
Ok, first let me confess
Sadly, you can’t always prevent a boil from occurring. However, you can prevent a boil from spreading to other parts of your body and to others by following these tips:
1. Clean and treat minor skin wounds immediately.
2. Keep the boil covered with a clean bandage at all times.
3. Practice good personal hygiene.
4. Any time you or someone else comes into contact with your boil for any reason, you should wash your hands and that body parts thoroughly with soap and water. Clean the boil as well. Also, Ask that person to do the same.
5. When you have a boil, washing and keeping your clothes and bedding clean can also help prevent infection from spreading
- Wash clothes and bedding in hot water.
- Adding bleach (if your clothes are bleach convenient) along with the detergent can help as well.
- When drying, make sure you set your dryer to high heat or dry them under direct sunlight.
6. Keep all surfaces that you probably may touch cleaned and disinfected regularly. These include door knobs, bath tubs, toilet seats, and commonly used surfaces throughout the home.
7. Stay as healthy as possible.
8. Avoid sharing items that come into contact with the skin. These items include razors, athletic equipment, personal clothes and towels.
See, how easy it is to prevent boils.
I hope you enjoyed and understood every part of this article.
Now analyse your boil and take action to cure it as quickly as possible.
I wish your boils get healed soon. 🙂
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