10 Effective Home Remedies to Cure Boils

A boil is a common skin condition, formed under the skin typically when hair follicles or oil glands get infected by some bacteria. Initially, the area becomes red followed by the development of a lump filled with pus. It commonly occurs in the areas of face, neck, armpits, buttocks, shoulders and thighs. Boils can cause pain and itching but can be treated easily when taken care of. Let’s have a look at some causes and easy natural remedies to heal the boils conveniently and quickly at home.

What Causes Boils?

Most of the boils are caused by Staphylococcal bacteria. It’s a common reason for boils in many parts of the body. This bacteria is commonly present in nose and skin and can also develop at the site of injury or insect bite.

Anyone can suffer from boils but here are few factors that can increase its risk.

  • Diabetes
  • Skin conditions like eczema
  • Week immunity
  • Exposure to chemicals that irritate the skin
  • Close contact with a person having a staph infection

How To Treat Boils At Home?

How to cure boils is not a tough question to answer. Here are some natural treatments that can be done easily at home to get rid of boils.

1. Turmeric

What You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • ½ tablespoon crushed ginger
  • Water

What To Do

  1. Mix turmeric powder and ginger in a bowl to obtain a paste.(You can also use coconut oil instead of water)
  2. Apply the paste on the affected area with clean hands and let it dry.
  3. Wash the area after 15 minutes.

How Often To Do

Do these two to three times a day.

Why This Works

Antiseptic properties of turmeric clear and heal the infection and promote the rejuvenation of skin at the affected part. Also, the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger help in healing the boils.

2. Garlic

Garlic

What You Will Need

2-3 garlic cloves.

What To Do

  1. Crush the garlic and squeeze its juice.
  2. Apply it on the boil and let it dry.
  3. Do not wash it.

How Often To Do

Apply it two times a day.

Why This Works

Sulphur-rich compounds present in garlic contains antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help in providing relief from boils. It is a great remedy for boils at thighs and scalp.

3. Aloe Vera

What You Will Need

Aloe vera gel

What To Do

  1. Snap an aloe vera leaf and collect its gel.
  2. Apply the gel on the area where boil is present.

How Often To Do

Repeat it two to three times a day.

Why This Works

Healing properties of aloe vera relieve from the pain and also acts as an antiseptic. This remedy will provide relief from the boils within a few days of applying. It can be easily used and is a great home remedy for boils on face.

4. Epsom Salt

Epsom Salt

What You Will Need

  • 2 tablespoon table salt
  • 1 bowl hot water
  • Soft cloth

What To Do

  1. Add the salt to hot water and mix it well.
  2. Soak the cloth in it and apply it on the affected area.
  3. Leave it until the cloth comes to normal temperature.
  4. Keep the area clean and dry after this process.

How Often To Do

You can use this method again in the same day.

Why This Works

Epsom salt is a good relaxing agent and provides relief from the pain. It also promotes blood circulation and dehydrates the boil, killing the germ.

5. Tea Tree Oil

What You Will Need

  • 6-7 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 cup distilled water
  • A clean cloth

What To Do

  1. Mix tea tree oil and distilled water in a bowl.
  2. Dip a cloth into the bowl and gently apply it on the boil.

How Often To Do

You can do it several times a day.

Why This Works

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and antibiotic that heals the boil quickly. It is also a good remedy for scalp boils and other boils present in different parts of the skin.

6. Onion

Onion

What You Will Need

  • One onion
  • A piece of clean cloth

What To Do

  1. Cut the onion and put its one slice on the boil.
  2. Cover that area with a cloth.
  3. Change the slices every four hours.

How Often To Do

Do it until the boil heals.

Why This Works

Antiseptic properties of onion heal the boil. It acts as an antimicrobial element and supplies blood to the boil.

7. Toothpaste

What You Will Need

Toothpaste

What To Do

  1. Apply toothpaste on the affected part.
  2. Rinse it off after a few minutes.

How Often To Do

You can use it again after a gap of a few hours.

Why This Works

Toothpaste dehydrates the boil and provides relief from the boils within a day or two.

8. Neem

Neem

What You Will Need

What To Do

  1. Grind the leaves with water to obtain a paste.
  2. Apply a layer of this paste on boil and cover it with the gauze.
  3. Change the gauze after few hours using another one.

How Often To Do

Repeat this remedy until you get rid of the boil.

Why This Works

Antimicrobial property of neem treats the boil and anti-inflammatory properties helps in reducing swelling and pain in the affected area.

9. Vinegar

What You Will Need

  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

What To Do

  1. Mix all the ingredients properly in a bowl.
  2. Apply the mixture and let it dry.
  3. Rinse it off after 40 minutes.

How Often To Do

Apply it two times a day.

Why This Works

Vinegar acts as an antimicrobial agent and also contains astringent properties. Honey and lemon contain antimicrobial properties that treat the pain and relieves from the boil.

10. Potato

Potato

What You Will Need

  • 1 small potato
  • Cotton ball

What To Do

  1. Peel the potato. Grind and squeeze its juice.
  2. Soak the cotton in this juice and gently apply it on the boil.
  3. Rinse that area after few minutes.

How Often To Do

You can do it three to four times a day.

Why This Works

Antibiotic and antimicrobial properties present in many potato tubers heal the boil. It also helps in reducing inflammation providing relief from the pain.

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