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Home Remedy for Boils

The perfect boil home remedy. Boils are very painful. They swell, get red and very hard. At this point place a small piece of bacon fat to the sore then cover with a larger Band Aid before going to bed. By the next morning it will have lanced itself or will have the white head on it to lance. I have used this remedy on more than one occasion. Mine usually lance themselves. I guarantee it to work!


By Sandy from Hardinsburg, KY


Home Remedy for Boils

The "bacon fat" has been a remedy for many years. My grandmother always chose to use a copper penny with the bacon fat and then cover with the Band Aid. I don't know what it is that the copper penny does, but it works! Place the bacon on the boil first, then the penny over the bacon, and the Band Aid over the penny. By morning all should be well. (01/31/2008)

By frugalfran

Home Remedy for Boils

I got a boil on my nose and used hydrogen peroxide and a Q-tip. It went away in a couple of days. (03/03/2008)

By tropicalchris

Home Remedy for Boils

Go to and follow instructions for using turmeric. It is supposed to work wonders. (03/24/2008)

By Mom

Home Remedy for Boils

I had a boil about 1 year ago and I had never heard of this remedy, but when I tried it, it totally worked! I highly recommend it. I mixed Vicks and sugar together, placed it on the boil and covered it with a Band Aid. It is a remedy from Mexico, but it really works. Hope it works for y'all. (03/25/2008)

By Patricia

Home Remedy for Boils

The black salve is called ichthammol (or ichthyol) not sure about spelling, but it does work (05/15/2008)

Home Remedy for Boils

I have been using Boil Ease for years. It first takes the soreness out, then, it brings the head. I had a cat with an enormous swelling on the whole side of her face; I doctored her with Boil Ease, then left her in care of my daughter. My daughter said within 2 days that boil just broke all over her face. Another thing for cats' ears is peroxide. It will boil them out. Cheap and works. (06/04/2008)

By Margie

Home Remedy for Boils

My mother suffers with boils and my great grandmother told her to make a paste using brown sugar and cooking oil. She simply mixes the paste and puts it on the boil at night and in the morning it comes to a head and busts. If it's in an area where the paste won't stay, cover it with some form of plastic because gauze will absorb the oil. (06/30/2008)


Home Remedy for Boils

Thanks to everyone who recommended Campho Phenique! You are all angels! I just experienced my first (and hopefully last) boil. After reading all the recommendations people made to try this ointment, I went out and bought some last night. (Hint- it is actually a cold sore treatment, so look in the cold sore aisle at the pharmacy). Sure enough, after applying Campho Phenique to my boil and covering with a large, waterproof Bandaid overnight, I woke up to a ruptured boil and some major relief from the pain I've been dealing with for the last week! My plan now is to continue cleaning the area with Dial antibacterial soap before rebandaging often. Now I can get back to my normal life. (07/17/2008)

By Donna

Home Remedy for Boils

I myself get boils at least 4 or 5 times a year. The best thing I have found to bring them to a head and make them bust is a mixture of Epsom salts and Crisco (the solid kind). Put the mixture on a big bandage and cover the boil. Usually in 15-20 minutes it busts and yes it is quit nasty, but it feels a lot better. Please anyone reading this. If you can't get the boil to pop on your own with these great home remedies. "go to the doctor".

My brother had a boil on his thigh and couldn't get it to pop on its own. He, being a stubborn guy, left it alone. 3 weeks later he had a 104 temp and his leg was swollen 2 times its normal size. He finally went to the ER and was there for 3 weeks. Then had to have a IV permanently in his arm to administer his own antibiotics for 4 more weeks, because he had gotten a bad Staph infection. So if you can't get the boil to come to a head or pop yourself, go to the doctor. (07/23/2008)

By Ann

Home Remedy for Boils

After going through nearly every home-remedy on the web for boils and knowing the pain, what also works if you can't get the black boil cream is vinegar. Soak folded paper or paper towel in vinegar and lay on the boil. Cover the vinegar compress. Not only is the vinegar soothing, but will eventually bring the boil to a head that will burst.

Pull the skin away from the head, "do not squeeze" it to prevent it bursting further into the skin. It will often open on its own, but pull to ooze the gunk out. It really worked for me after trying many other remedies. While it took a long day to finally raise the head, this was the most painless and effective remedy I found.

The only down side is that if the boil is on a sweat gland (like armpits) that you will smell like vinegar for awhile, even after a shower or two. And keep the area as clean as possible before and after. Warm soapy water worked well for me. Sounds too simple, but it really works! (11/14/2008)

By Catherine

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