A boil is a pus filled infection of the skin which begins as a small, red, painful lump under the skin. It usually starts as an infection in a hair follicle or oil gland in the skin.

The common sites for boils are the face, neck, armpits, buttocks, and thighs. They usually occur in teenagers and young adults. Most boils come to a head and burst, releasing pus, after which the skin heals. Some boils gradually subside without bursting.

Boils is caused due to bacteria, toxic condition in the blood stream, which is due to a faulty diet and a frenetic pace of living.

Boils are usually harmless, but it’s not a good habit to squeeze one.

Some remedies to cure Boils are:

1. Apply a paste made from ½ teaspoon each of ginger powder and turmeric and warm water to mix them. Rub the paste directly on the affected area, cover with gauze and leave in place for a half-hour. Repeat as necessary until the boil breaks and begins to heal.

2. Eat foods that are rich in vitamin A and zinc , because these nutrients aid in skin healing and repair .

3. Alternating hot and cold compresses speeds the healing of a boil by increasing the flow of blood to the affected area. Soak a washcloth in comfortably hot water and hold it against the boil, refreshing the heat as necessary to keep the cloth hot. After three to five minutes, apply a cold compress for 30 to 60 seconds. Repeat this treatment three times daily until the boil comes to a head or goes away.

4. Juice of garlic or onion may be applied externally on boils to help ripen them, break them, and evacuate the pus.

5. Eat two to three pods of garlic during meals is good for curing boils.

6. A cupful of fresh juice of Bitter Gourd ( karela ) 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 boils.

7. 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.

8. Cumin ( jeera ) seeds should be ground in water and made into a paste. This paste can be applied to boils.

9. The patient suffering from boils should avoid tea and coffee, starchy and sugary foods, especially cakes, pastries, sweets, chocolates, white sugar, and white bread. He should also avoid all condiments, pickles, and sauces.

10. Wear comfortable clothes.

11. Incase of boil wear soft ( cotton is a good option) clothes with loose fitting.

12. Wash the area thoroughly every day. Dry it well.

13. Keep towels and washcloths separate to avoid spreading the infection to other people.

14. If the boil has burst, cover the area with a gauze dressing. Wash the area thoroughly and change the dressing regularly until the skin is healed.

15. Don’t squeeze the boil or try to burst it with a needle because this may spread infection; let it burst or subside by itself.

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