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|Boils are localized, tender, inflamed, pus-filled swellings in the skin surrounded by large red areas. They are infections of the
hair follicles of the skin. They are quite painful, particularly in areas where the skin is closely attached to the underlying
tissues, such as the nose, ears, or fingers. They usually occur in teenagers and young adults. The common sites for boils are
the face, neck, buttocks, and thighs.
At first, a painful red nodule appears on the skin. This grows bigger and then breaks down in the middle where the pus
collects. The patient experiences a great deal of irritation and itching. There may be a single boil, or several boils in the same
area or in different areas at or about the same time, or they may come in successive crops. The swelling may not be limited
to one hair follicle but may extend to several follicles. When the boils ripen, they give out a discharge. Fever may sometimes
accompany the boils.
Boils are caused mainly by staphylococcus germs which enter the sweat glands or hair follicles. The essential cause of this
disorder is thus bacterial. However, several factors predispose the growth of bacteria in hair follicles. Of these, the chief
factor is a toxic condition in the blood stream, which is due to a faulty diet and a frenetic pace of living. Boils generally
appear when a person is in a run-down and devitalized condition.
Bring a Boil to a Head
To bring a boil to a head, place a small piece of fatty bacon over the boil and bandage it. Leave on overnight. The head
should be ready to remove by the next morning.
Home Remedies for Boils with Heartsease
Native Americans used wild heartsease (pansy) to draw boils. It was ground up and placed on the boil, bandaged and left on
Home Remedies for Boils using Lemon Juice
Soak a piece of bread in lemon juice and apply to the boil. Cover with a loose bandage and try to leave on overnight.
Home Remedies for Boils with Parsley
Take a handful of crushed parsley and wrap in cheesecloth. Apply to the boil and wrap a hot cloth around the area. Repeat,
covering the area with the hot cloth for about 15 minutes.
Home Remedies for Boils - Soften Boils with Linseed Oil
Apply linseed oil to the boil to soften and aid in healing.
Home Remedies for Boils with Turmeric:
Application of turmeric powder on boils speeds up the healing process. In the case of fresh boils, a few dry roots of turmeric
are roasted, the ashes dissolved in a cupful of water, and then applied over the affected portion. This solution enables the
boils to ripen and burst.
Home Remedies for Boils with Garlic and Onion:
Garlic and onions have proved most effective among the several home remedies found beneficial in the treatment of boils.
The juice of garlic or onion may be applied externally on boils to help ripen them, break them, and evacuate the pus. An
equal quantity of the juices of these two vegetables can also be applied with beneficial results. Eating of two to three pods of
garlic during meals will also bring good results.
Home Remedies for Boils with Bitter Gourd:
Bitter gourd is another effective home remedy for blood-filled boils. A cupful of fresh juice of this vegetable, mixed with a
teaspoon of lime juice, should be taken, sip by sip, on an empty stomach daily for a few months to treat this condition.
Boils Home Remedies using Milk Cream:
Milk cream is beneficial in the treatment of boils. One teaspoon of milk cream, mixed with half a teaspoon of vinegar, and a
pinch of turmeric powder, makes an excellent poultice. It helps in ripening the blood boils and in their healing without
allowing them to become septic.
Home Remedies for Boils with Cumin Seeds:
Cumin seeds are beneficial in the treatment of boils. The seeds should be ground in water and made into a paste. This paste
can be applied to boils with beneficial results.
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