Getting Rid of a Boil?

How do I get rid of a boil?

By Lynn G


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September 1, 20110 found this helpful

Never gamble with your health, go to the doctor!

September 2, 20110 found this helpful

Ouch, those things suck. if it's really bad, you do need to go to the doctor. but you can try putting a very hot wet washcloth on top of it to bring it to head, to help it start exfoliating. Then I suppose try squeezing it out as gross as that sounds. But if it's a boil, it needs to be released.


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September 2, 20110 found this helpful

I had one recently, right near my eye, so I was pretty worried about it! Online, I saw a lot of suggestions to put a warm compress on it (NOT hot, as that can burn your skin and make things worse). I tried it, and the next day it had gotten considerably smaller, and far less painful. I kept using compresses, and didn't even have to see the doctor.


Try using warm compresses a few times a day, then if that doesn't work, you need medical attention.

September 3, 20110 found this helpful

I had a boil on my thigh that got infected. I went to the ER at a local hospital. They lance the biol and put in a wick to drain the boil. A very easy procedure and only took a few minutes. Get some medical attention before it can get worse.

September 3, 20110 found this helpful

If you don't have good insurance, like me and can't afford to go to the doctor like everyone tells you to, look on 1st. I used tea tree oil or turmeric made into a paste on the boil. You can also take the turmeric it helps to cleanse the blood and is a great pain reliever.


Try some of the ideas 1st, if the do not work then go to a doctor. I can not afford to go for everything, wish I could but not so lucky in the insurance dept. Good luck. These work for me.

September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Easy, cheap, works....crumble up the soft inside of about 1/2 slice of bread, cover with just enough milk to make a paste, heat on stove til hot, take off stove and cool just enough that you can stand it. Put on a bandage and tape over the boil overnight. It will pull the core out. If it doesnt, do again the next night.

March 4, 20180 found this helpful

I'm trying this tonight.

September 6, 20110 found this helpful

Put a washcloth soaked in hot water, as hot as you can stand it, and continue until the boil has opened up and drained. Then clean it with rubbing alcohol.


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September 6, 20110 found this helpful

A boil is a staph infection. If you cannot afford to go to a doctor, try googling some sites that have medical/first aid advice. Some provinces in Canada have phone in lines where you can talk to a nurse who can give advice on minor matters such as this, and advise you if it is necessary to see a doctor or nurse practitioner.


Perhaps there is something similar in your area. I do not have faith in home remedies.


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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Please see a Dr. A boil can lead to a staph infection and it must be treated with antibiotics.


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September 7, 20110 found this helpful

I've never had a boil so I'm not saying whether or not to go to the doctor.
That being said I have a lot more faith in home remedies for a lot of things that I do in most prescription drugs. I retired from the medical field after working in a hospital pharmacy and boy was that a lesson.


I'm a senior and (knock on Wood) don't have to take any drugs other than an Advil or Tylenol ever now and then for arthritis. Just had to put in my 2 cents worth.

September 7, 20110 found this helpful

Please, please, please go to a doctor and have them put you on antibiotics!

I had a boil earlier this year (twice in the same spot) & I'm not going to lie, the antibiotic is expensive ($75 for 10 days) but, it did work. Do not cover it - in my case, it just seemed to make the inflammation even worse.

But under no circumstances do NOT drain it/lance it/touch it! I have an ugly purplish/blue scar (I'm very fair skinned) on my upper thigh from when it drained because I "forced" it to drain too early by taking a warm Epsom salt bath.


And make sure you do NOT share anything that has touched the boil! Wash your towels and linens in HOT water to kill the staph.


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