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Boils

Your skin serves as a protective layer that is susceptible to infection when a break, tear or scratch takes place. If bacteria are allowed to enter, a number of reactions and responses could occur, such as the painful infection associated with a boil. Luckily, with the help of natural cures for boils – you can prevent the spread of infection, as well as speed up healing.

What Are Boils?

A boil (also known as a furuncle) is a bacterial infection that develops around a hair follicle. The early stages of a boil include a tender bump that appears red and hot. Within 2 to 4 days, a yellowish point forms. Boils are also accompanied by pus, which can escape if the boil bursts open. The result is relief from the associated pain, yet the infection is highly contagious and can become more dangerous if the infection is allowed to spread.

Causes and Symptoms

Boils develop from an infection that develops when one or more hair follicles become compromised with staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus). The bacteria, which are also linked to urinary tract infections and pneumonia, are no strangers to your body – it is normally found in your skin, throat, and nasal passages.

Staph bacteria are able to enter the body through a cut, scratch or other break in the skin [1]. Once your body detects the intruder, specialized white blood cells (called neutrophils) come to the rescue and gather at the site of the infection. Inflammation usually follows, which leads to the formation of pus. A patient may also experience warm skin, fever, swollen lymph nodes, and additional boils that develop around an initial infection [2].

Boil Natural Cures

Boils are treatable at home, but remember to resist the temptation to squeeze or lance inflamed skin. You run the risk of spreading the infection and suffering further complications. From healing teas to the power of a simple spice, there are plenty of natural cures for boils to consider, such as the following suggestions:

a) Calendula:

Seek out an ointment that contains calendula as an ingredient, which delivers antiseptic relief and helps decrease inflammation.

b) Vitamin E:

Known for its healing powers, apply vitamin E directly to a boil and cover with a Band-Aid. Repeat this remedy for three times a day.

c) Goldenseal and Echinacea:

With impressive antibacterial properties, combine goldenseal and Echinacea to remedy a boil. People have used this natural cure both internally and externally. You could apply an herbal paste to a boil two times per day – for two to three days. Also, taking two 500 milligrams capsules of each herb three times daily can help. It is suggested to continue the internal treatment for seven days.

d) Onion or Garlic:

Remove pus from a boil by applying the juice of a garlic or onion. Garlic is also known to give a boost to your immune system when taken internally.

e) Bitter Gourd:

If a boil fills with blood, add one teaspoon of lime juice to one cup of bitter gourd juice. Consume the drink on a daily basis when you first wake up in the morning and your stomach is empty.


f) Cumin Seeds:

Heal a boil by grinding cumin and then adding to plain water to create a paste. Directly apply to boils to see results.

g) Turmeric:

Whether you take the pill form or directly apply the herb when made into a paste, use this natural treatment to disinfect boils.

h) Holy Basil:

This herb possesses disinfectant qualities that can treat an infection associated with a boil.

i) Parsley:

Steep parsley in boiled water until it becomes soft and juicy. Wrap the slightly cooled parsley in a clean linen cloth, and apply over boils as a poultice.

j) Marshmallow Leaf:

You can use marshmallow leaf to create a poultice that helps draw out pus in boils.

k) Slippery Elm and Eucalyptus Oil:

Add enough boiling water to a combined 25 grams of powdered slippery elm and three drops of eucalyptus oil to create a thick paste. This remedy can be applied to a boil. Leave the treatment on until the paste cools. Repeat this routine until the pus has left the boil.

l) Zinc:

Add 50 milligrams of zinc to your daily regimen for two weeks to assist in fighting a boil.

m) Astralagus:

Drinking a tea with astralagus can help increase the strength of your immune system. It is suggested to consume eight glasses of the tea on a daily basis.


n) Tea Tree Oil:

The antiseptic properties of tea tree oil can be applied to a boil to fight bacteria. Some people have complained that the pure form of the oil is irritating to inflamed skin, but you can mix in a few drops with a couple tablespoons of vegetable oil to lessen the irritation. Keep in mind that tea tree oil is not an internal natural remedy.

o) Figwort:

Figwort is an herb where the whole plant is used to make medicine to treat certain ailments by reducing swelling and inflammation. You can also use the plant to make a poultice for drawing out the pus.

p) Herbal Tea Blend:

Combine two parts wild indigo to one part each of echinacea, pasque flower and poke root, to create a tea that is consumed three times per day. Some people have also applied the tea directly to the boil to prevent the severity of the infection.

q) Tea Bag:

Encourage the healing process of a boil by applying a warm tea bag on the affected skin.

r) Egg Shell:

Apply the wet side of the inside of an egg shell (the skin) to a boil and leave on overnight. As a result, the boil should burst and drain.

s) Milk And Bread:

Pour a small amount of milk over a piece of bread the same size as a half dollar. Squeeze some of the milk out and apply to a boil for an overnight treatment. This will speed up the process of removing pus from the infection.


Resources

[1] http://mayoclinic.com/health/boils-and-carbuncles/DS00466/DSECTION=causes
[2] http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/boils




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