Boils and carbuncles are infections on the skin that are mostly caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Boils can be really painful infections of the hair follicle that eventually becomes painful and swollen bump. You can find it mostly on the face, neck, armpits, groin, and buttocks.
A carbuncle is a more serious skin infection because it is caused from an infected group of hair follicles in one area. You can find it mostly on the thighs, hips, shoulders, and neck.
Boils and carbuncles appear in areas that are more hairy and areas that are prone to more movement and sweat. Sometimes they can become chronic and reappear even after they have healed. They usually go away within a week and are harmless, but when they are accompanied by pain and fever, the patient should seek medical attention.
Home Remedies to Cure Boils and Carbuncles
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil can lower the amount of oil in the skin and prevent breakouts. It has powerful antimicrobial, antiseptic, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties that are helpful for curing the boils. This oil is also used for other skin issues such as psoriasis and itchy skin.
You should first wash the boil with water and apply few drops of tea tree oil directly on the boil and around it. If the oil is too strong for you, you can dilute it with water. Cover the area with a bandage and do this every day until you eliminate the boil.
The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is known for its anti-inflammatory ingredients. You can use it both topically and internally for boils and carbuncles. If you use it topically, you will dry it out in few days.
You should add 2 tsp. of turmeric powder in 1 cup of lukewarm water, blend it and consume it every day. For a topical application you can make a paste if you mix turmeric powder and water and apply it on the boil. Cover it with a bandage and do this each day to eliminate the boils and carbuncles.
The soothing and relaxing warm compress can aid in the healing process by softening the outer skin layer and burst it in the end. It will also soothe the pain. If you add some salt you will speed up the process of healing. You should do this often so that the boil can burst.
First, you should clean the area with warm water. Add 1 tsp. of salt in 2l of warm water and let it dissolve. Dip one cloth in the mixture, wring it out, and put it directly on the boil so it can act as a warm compress. Leave it on the area until the cloth cools down. Do this few times per day so the boil can burst.
Onions are full with anti-inflammatory compounds, and the oils in onions have antifungal, analgesic, and antiseptic properties. Onions can soothe the skin, remove toxins, and disinfect wounds. When used topically, they can increase the blood flow to the boils and bring the pus closer to surface.
You should chop couple of onions into large pieces and boil them in water until the water comes down to half. Strain it and let the water cool down. You should apply the onion water on the carbuncle area. Do this regularly and you will eliminate them successfully.
Black Seed Oil
Black seed oil has a lot of nutrients and it is famous for its weight loss properties. It can also boost the immunity and be used as a powerful boil and carbuncle remedy. You can add ½ tsp. of black seed oil to any beverage (hot or cold) and consume it two times per day so you can eliminate the boils.
Apple Cider Vinegar
ACV has powerful properties that can cleanse the bacterial infection when it starts to drain. It will also soothe the pain, redness, and soreness. You can apply ACV directly onto the boil with a cotton ball. If this is too strong for you, you can dilute it with water and then apply it topically. Do this regularly in order to cure the boils.
Tips to Prevent Recurrence of Boils and Carbuncles on Body
– Boost your immunity by eating more fruits, veggies, and nuts.
– Stay away from fats, sugary foods, carbonated beverages, and simple carbs. Eat more foods that have vitamins A, C, and E.
– Always wash your hands before and after you apply the remedies on the infected area.
– Always keep your clothes, towels, and shoes dry and don’t share clothes, towels, and bedding with other people who have boils.
– Don’t use needles to poke the boils because you can make the infection worse.
– Wash everything that you have used as a compression.
– Wash the boil area so you can prevent build-up of bacteria.
– If the boil isn’t cured within couple of days and you have symptoms such as pain, change in appetite, and fever, consult your doctor.
All these treatments require time and patience, but in the end are very effective. Try them and see which one works best for you.