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Boils are not only unsightly they can be quite painful. This is a guide about home remedies for boils.

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March 13, 2013 Flag
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I have been getting boils on my face and I am at the point of freaking out! I got a few in the groin area then they went to my face. It's a little different on the face. I don't want scars so I don't do a lot of the home remedies, just moist compress to keep swelling down. I am going crazy with this and need some advice. From what I understand the antibiotics are just a band-aid. I eat good and I am so sick of this! Help.

By Julie R.

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March 14, 20130 found this helpful
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Sometimes these are an ingrown hair. I know the groin issue is what? Get some epsom salts from the Walmart or drugstore/grocery store. You can go to their website too. Take soaks in a couple cups in the bathtub waters. It detoxes you even when you have no apparent other issues. Body aches, etc...fantastic.

Make a poltice of a bit in warm water, use a washcloth and soak, the put on face. I put some slurry in vinyl gloves, slip them on for 30 minutes. The stuff turns dark with detoxing. Awesome!

Also, from the drug store get some carbolic salve... Watkins product. It is not the same strength (nor any other company's pretending it is the same) as it was 40 years ago, but my pharmacist stocks it in his store Now. AKA drawing salve. Or diaper salve. This is a very old product used for post surgical back. It is called Petro-Carbo Salve. About $8-10. Worth every cent. Put some on, bandaid over if necessary.

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March 14, 20130 found this helpful
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Go to a doctor. Boils are a staph infection which is treated by antibiotics. They are not a "bandaid". You have been mis-informed.

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First, do not touch them, and use something disposable each time you wash them. If you touch one inadvertently, like if it itches and you scratch before you realize what you did, immediately wash your hands. The reason is, you can spread from one to other areas. I had 2 pop up (no pun intended) on my rear end; they made sitting uncomfortable for the short time they were there.

I didn't waste any time wondering anything, I went to urgent care so they could lance them. It took them maybe 15 minutes total because they numbed the area first and had to wait for it to take effect. Then they packed them so they could drain for 48 hours, then I went back so they could remove it. Then I was assigned to soak in epsom salts & warm water I think twice daily, to hasten healing of the wound. They gave me an antibiotic, as well as a painkiller. Ended up not needing the painkiller after the first one, and they healed quickly. Here is a link to some information: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002445/

I have an acquaintance who didn't know the one on his leg was a boil and tried to pop it; within a day and a half he was in the ER with one side of his entire calf covered in them, with a fever; he ended up staying overnight for an antibiotic IV drip. They look very innocent but they are nothing to mess around with. Be careful!

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I started having them under my left arm and then in my groin area. I didn't bother with the ones in the groin area but the ones under my arm were painful and deep. Went to the dermatologist and haven't had one since! I did find out that these things are quite common. So go do something about it!

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July 6, 20160 found this helpful

I have a boil on my buttocks what can i do at home for it

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October 22, 2010 Flag
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I have a large boil on the back of my neck. The pain of it is starting to go into my shoulders. How can I get rid of it?

By Lynda from Kearny, NJ

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October 26, 20100 found this helpful
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I can't emphasize enough the reply you got about seeing a doctor, ASAP! For any infectious lesion near the head or neck area, especially when it's causing pain that's spreading out, you need to see your doctor for treatment. Boils are caused by a staph infection, which needs to be treated with an antibiotic. For other areas of your body, you might be able to try the home remedies, but with boils you run the risk of cellulitis, which is the staph infection going deep into the skin, which could lead to the infection actually going to your brain. I'm speaking from experience re the cellulitis, not something to fool around with even on the legs where I had it, and I hope you'll see your doctor to have this boil treated. Please take care of yourself. :-)

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful
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Ichthammol 20% Draw Out Drawing Salve Ointment and

Watkins Petro-Carbo Salve are both great for boils and Amazon sells both of these.

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October 26, 20100 found this helpful

As the others have said, if it's a large boil, please seek medical attention however if it is small you might try cracking a fresh egg, pull the inside membrane off the shell and place over the boil area. It can be covered with a bandage. As the membrane dries, replace it with fresh membrane until the boil is gone. Keep unused shells in a zip bag in the refrigerator.

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January 3, 20110 found this helpful

Turmeric, turmeric, turmeric. I had a boil for a week. went to a and e had two doses of iv antibiotics. It did nothing, so I looked on the web and found turmeric. Made up a paste of with milk, applied and bandaged. Within an hour it had burst Yay. Now have a slice of onion and a crushed garlic clove. Which must be working cause its stinging.

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January 18, 20110 found this helpful

Hello everyone, I grew up with 2 great Aunts, and my grandmother who was 100% indian & I can tell you, I know and have heard them talk about the following things that do work & have worked on them for boils, Stys, & Canker Sores. Number 1-6 are for boils, #7 is for Stys, & #8 is for Canker Sores, Enjoy the Indian ways.

1st) potato slices will draw the boil to a head. It may take a few days but it does work,

2nd) Epson Salts works for a good many things when made into a paste. Take the Epson Salts & a very small amount of water & make a paste out of it & put it on the area of the Boil it will pull out the core as well.

3rd) A small onion slice also works as well for a Boil. Do the same as #1 with the onion slice.

4) Bacon and even Fat Back is a very good drawing agent. As stated before. It also works great for slivers that are very deep as well.

5) We all know Baking soda or Baking Power made into a paste as well will draw things out as well.

6) Another old trick that almost everyone forgets is Black Dirt made into a paste. This is a greate trick if your camping out & get bit by bee's. Make it into a paste & let it dry & fall off by it's self. this way it will pull out the whole stinger on it's own & won't leave any part of the stinger in the body. You do the same with #6 as well. It also works great if you are say allergic to ants as well. Great old indian ways.

7) Raisins, are great if you start to feel a Sty in your eye. For some reason raisins will kill the sty fast instead of doing Boric Acid baths with gauze for your eyes. Keep in mind Sty's are a bad infection of the eye.

8) Canker Sores Here are 2 great tips that work great & you will be shocked. I know you all have seen & heard of Indian Pow Wow's in your area. If you have go to it and get an herb called " Yellow Root ". It looks like a small twig, peel the bark off run it onder cool water & place it on the Canker Sore. It is bitter & will turn the area yellow but over night it is gone! The other trick you can do is go to an Herbal Store & buy a product called "Yellow Dock" It is Yellow Root in a capsule form. If you want it to work faster make it into a tea form because the center is liquid. I'm not kidding my older sister had them a lot growing up & it works wonders. Take care & ride safe, Luann

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April 17, 2010 Flag
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What are the side effects from prolonging not going to a doctor for a boil under the armpit?

By Duck Freeman

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful
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I'm a RN and I work in urgent care. You should apply warm compresses to the boil and soak it in warm water if possible. If it grows in size, becomes warmer to the touch, has red streaks traveling away from it, or you develop a fever and/or flu-like symptoms you need medical attention. Usually warm compress and time will cause it to come to "a head" and it will drain on its own. A benefit of medical treatment is that they can culture it and tell you if it is something serious like MRSA which requires antibiotic therapy. Hope this helps!

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April 19, 20100 found this helpful
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In the first place it might not be a boil. It could be an infected cyst. Just go to the doctor for something like that.

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

Left untreated Boils can result not only in repeat episodes but also:

Spread of infection to other parts of the body or skin surfaces

Abscess formation

Sepsis (general internal infection)

Abscess of kidneys or other internal organs

Osteomyelitis

Endocarditis

Brain infection

Brain abscess

Spinal cord infection

Spinal cord abscess

Permanent scarring

Good luck.

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful

When to seek medical help for boils"

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/boil ... tm#When%20to%20Seek%20Medical%20Care

You can use hot compresses if the boils is soft. If it is hard, nothing will come out anyway.

Home treatments should only be used on small boils. If your boil is bigger than a pea or has a lot of redness around it, go to a doctor instead of trying to deal with it yourself.

* If you get a FEVER go to the doctor right away!

Fever means the infection has spread.

Home Treatment:

http://www.emedicinehealth.com/boils/page6_em.htm#Boils%20Treatment

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful

Under your arm? Ouch! I'd heed the advice of the urgent-care RN. If your insurance plan includes an "Ask-a-Nurse" help line, give them a call, but they'll prob tell you the same. Do what you can for yourself, and seek medical attention if you must.

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September 21, 2009 Flag
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A way to treat and draw out boils is to crack an egg, take the egg white and put it on the boil. Put a bandage on it and leave overnight. When you wake up, you will see a big change. Do this as often as you like until the boil has gotten the core out. Thanks. Good luck!

Source: My mother's old family remedy.

By Lisa45764 from Nelsonville, OH

June 2, 2009 Flag
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I had a boil and it was huge. I had tried everything, finally I used the black salve and it made it start draining. The core has still not come out. It still hurts a little, but not as bad as it did. What do I need to do now to get the core out and make it start healing?

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