Boils tend to heal on their own, usually taking less than two weeks to completely disappear. However, they can cause a lot of discomfort and are usually aesthetically unpleasant.
That's why there are some simple tricks that you can try at home to relieve pain and discomfort, but also help the boil heal faster. These include:
1. Using an antibacterial soap
Washing the affected area daily with water and an antibacterial soap, such as Valderma or Cidal, helps fight any possible small infection of the skin, avoiding the development of the bacteria that can cause the boil to get bigger and more inflamed.
2. Applying a warm compresses
Warm compresses are a great natural way to relieve congestion and remove pus from inside the boil, helping it heal faster.
To prepare a warm compress add hot water to a bowl and soak the compress. Squeeze out the excess water and apply to the affected area for 5 to 10 minutes, 2-4 times a day.
3. Using essential oils
Some essential oils have amazing anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic properties which help to remove the pus, treat the infection and relieve swelling and discomfort. Some of the best options include tea tree, lemongrass or cinnamon oil.
To use the essential oils, you can add them to the warm compress (by adding 3 to 5 drops to the water before soaking the compress) or you can apply them directly to the skin. Before applying to the skin it's important to dilute the essential oils on a vegetable oil, by adding 3 to 5 drops into a tea spoon of coconut oil or almond oil, for example.
4. Applying an over-the-counter ointments
Antibiotic ointments can help remove pus from the boil and relieve pain and discomfort. These ointments should be applied about 2-3 times a day and can be bought at a drug store.
Cautions during treatment
During treatment it is very important not to squeeze or burst the boil, as the infection may worsen or spread to other areas of the skin. You should also:
- Wash your hands before and after touching the boil;
- Discard all compresses you use, by putting them in the bin once used;
- Avoid sharing clothes, tissues, sheets or towels with other people and wash them with boiling water, separate from other clothing.
These precautions can help prevent the infection from spreading to other areas of the skin and prevent other people from catching the bacteria that causes the boil, which can be transmitted through contact with the pus.