What is the fastest and easiest way to get rid of boils?

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How quickly a boil heals depends on the body of the person infected and the type of boil. The fasted form of treatment may be medical treatment. A doctor can best determine the cause of the boil and type of infection, as well as the best form of treatment. However, below is some basic information on boils, causes, and possible treatments, both natural and medical.

Boils are a common and painful skin abscess caused by a localized infection. Most boil infections are caused by strains of Staphylococci aureus, which are present on everyone's skin. The staphylococci bacterium gets into a hair follicle or oil gland; there bacterium begins colonize and grow under the skin. As the staph bacteria begins to grown if forms deep fissures within the skin causing redness, inflammation, swelling, skin fever, pus and drainage when the boil breaks open; as the pressure of a boil increases inside the sealed capsule of skin, the boil becomes quite painful. Staphylococci bacterium is the most common cause of boils; staph bacteria enters through a cut, scratch or other skin breaks, and as with most staph infections that develop, its causes abscesses which can become serious quite quickly.

Boils are NOT caused by poor hygiene; a boil can form, no matter the person's hygienic practice. Some of the causes and conditions are favorable to the development of skin boils; these are excessive sweating, vesicant agents, an ingrown hair, plugged hair follicles, clogged sweat glands, foreign debris lodged under the skin, friction, irritations, as well as allergic reactions to any number of things (including foods), can cause boils.

Carbuncles are recurring boils: They are commonly caused by a gastrointestinal bacterium which has entered the blood stream, and promotes growth under the skin, thereby causing an infection. This type of infection is generally larger, deeper, more severe, slower to heal, and more apt to scar; as compared to other types of boils. A carbuncle should be cared for by your doctor. They need to be treated under sterile conditions, to prevent them from spreading, due to the bacteria that is inside them. This bacterium can cause the development of another carbuncle, if it's not treated and controlled under sterile conditions. Also medical treatment will help prevent a secondary infection.

Preventing boils: A person's diet and lifestyle can help prevent boils, a healthy diet, avoiding stress, getting enough rest, and such can assist in building-up the immune system, therefore giving the body a chance to fight-off the staph infection, which causes most boils. Adding vitamin A and Zinc can help strengthen your immune system, as well as other types of vitamins and minerals.

Other things you can do to prevent boils: These consists of things such as, using anti-bacterial soaps to clean those areas most often affected with boils. If you get boils in areas that excessively due to excess perspiration, try wearing cotton underclothes to wick off the sweat; use anti-perspirants or use a coating of milk-of-magnesia. Milk-of magnesia prevents perspiration, and you can apply it to any area where you have excessive moisture due to sweat, such as, the under arms, breasts, the crotch or down the inside of the legs, even the bottoms of the feet.

Home care: Most people prefer to treat their own symptoms. When treating boils or any wound, you must remember to keep your hands clean, before and after touching the area. If you feel that you must drain the boil DO NOT puncher or squeeze it. Try hot packs, soak a hand towel or a washcloth in HOT water, and then apply it to the area several times a day until the boil ruptures. (Use a fresh hand towel or washcloth, each time you apply a hot pack to the boil. This helps avoid new contamination or spreading the staph bacteria around.) Once the boil ruptures it will begin to drain and need continued care; this requires even more care at this point. This is needed to avoid spreading the bacteria from the drainage to other parts of the body. So, before you continue the care of a ruptured boil, wash your hands again.

Now to continue, you are going to need several sterile gauze pads, to cleanse the inside of the boil and the surrounding area; dispose of each piece of contaminated gauze, as you continue this process. When cleansing the boil, start with the inside of the boil, remove all pus and drainage from the center of the boil, dispose of gauze before continuing; and start with a fresh gauze pad, clean the outer margins of the boil, and disposed of the gauze; finally, with a fresh gauze pad, clean the surrounding skin, to within at least 3 inches surrounding the boil, and dispose of gauze. (You are doing this to prevent spreading bacteria and debris into and from the open boil. Using separate gauze pads help prevents this, and disposing of the gauze prevents spreading of contamination.)

You can use a few drops of peroxide to destroy some of the bacteria in the center of the open boil; but since the boil is open, it's going to sting and maybe irritate a little. When done, cover the area with a dry gauze pad; keep an eye on the site, you are looking for signs additional infection. Contact your doctor if you see red streaks, or have excessive swelling.

Treating boils with magnesium: Some people put magnesium powder on their skin to treat a boil; DO NOT use excessive amounts of magnesium, doing so can cause other issues. A light dusting two or three times a day should be enough.

Treating boils with a poultice: 1/8 teaspoon Bergamot essential oil, 1 tablespoon Echinacea root tincture, 1 tablespoon of distilled water, and 1 tablespoon Bentonite clay. You need a small bowl or cup; mix the oils and the water together; then slowly add in the Bentonite clay, mixing it into the liquid, mix completely and smoothly. Once mixed into a smooth paste, apply the poultice to the boil(s); leave the mixture on the boil for up to 1 hour. Store the unused mixture in an air-tight container, and refrigerate until the next use. When ready to use again, repeat the treatment. (If the mixture has become a bit dry, add a drop or two of distilled water to remoisten it.) This poultice will help draw out the toxins from the boil, and can be used up to 2 times a day.

Homeopathic remedies/natural treatments: These treatments can be used to treat boils, such as BoilX, Natural Boil Treatment, a homeopathic remedy which is used for staph infection.
OR, you can also make a skin wash using Tea Tree oil, Tea Tree is a natural anti-bacterial. Use one cup of distilled water and add 1 to 2 drops of Tea Tree oil. Apply to a closed boil and surrounding area, using a sterile gauze pad or cotton ball, and allow the skin to dry. Remember to dispose of the gauze pad or cotton ball after use. Store any remaining mixture in a container with an air-tight lid. OR, Emuaid is available without prescription; this all-natural treatment has ingredients that treat bacterial, viral and fungal disorders. It stimulates blood-flow, soothes irritated skin, and prevents scarring; healing begins to show in about 24 hours.

Treatment for a vaginal boil: Try applying a hot pack if you wish to drain the boil; or a cold pack if you are trying to relieve discomfort and pain; or you can alternate between hot and cold packs as desired.

Heat can cause swelling, but it can also assist and encourage a boil to drain, and thereby relieve the pressure and pain. Hot packs can be used several times a day. OR, a cold pack can also be used several times a day; use a dry washcloth and roll one or two ice cubes up inside of it; place the cold pack on the affected area. (Do not put ice cube(s) directly on the skin.) Apply the cold pack for up to 10 minutes; using the ice pack longer may damage the delicate vaginal tissues. (When using either treatment, use a fresh washcloth each time.) Hot or cold treatment can be used several times a day.

Treating a vaginal boil with a natural paste: Tea Tree oil (1 drop), water (1-2 drops as needed to make a paste), and turmeric powder (1 teaspoon). In a small bowl or cup add the turmeric powder; add the Tea Tree oil and mix; if it's to dry, mix in 1 drop of water; if it's still too dry, add another drop of water. The final consistency should be just a bit thicker than toothpaste. This paste assists in killing the bacteria and in healing the boil. Use once a daily, at night. If the paste causes to much burning, rinse the area, and try again by reducing the Tea Tree oil by half, ½ drop and adding a bit more water. If it still burns or is uncomfortable, rinse the skin again; apparently your tissues are too sensitive, for you to use this treatment.

This paste can also be used elsewhere on the body, to treat other types of skin boils. When treating skin boils, you can use this paste two to three times a day. Note: Turmeric can stain clothing, so use care to protect your clothes when using this treatment.

Medical and prescription treatments for boils: Medical care may require draining the boil, possible cauterization of the tissue, and follow-up treatment using oral antibiotics, such as Keflex and Bactrim or topical antibiotics, such as Tetracycline cream or ointment. (Do not use a non-prescription topical antibiotic cream or ointment when treating boils, they are not strong enough and may assist in the staph infection becoming drug resistant.)
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