Did you ever see the movie, “How to get ahead in Advertising”, where Richard E Grant has to deal with a massive skin boil that crops up on his shoulder. You can just feel the pain and anxiety that this guy goes through here. Ok, obviously your boil is not going to start talking to you, well hopefully not and the guy can exaggerate a little. Nonetheless, if you have ever experienced anything like this before you will know that it’s not something to be sneezed at.
So What Causes Boils?
So where do these nasty things come from in the first place? It actually develops over time where a nodule has become hard. If you leave these growths they will eventually go away, but that is a time frame that is difficult to predict and not many people will want to go walking about the street with a blob hanging off their smooth skin.
Boils can actually find their way anywhere. Boils under armpits are a much loved place for these things to make their home, but you can often discover that you have one on your face, shoulders, neck or other parts of the body.
- Bacteria Staphylococcus aureaus – This is one of the most common bacterias around and yet, it is what causes things that grow on our skin tow be a huge problem. If you have an opening in your skin, dirt and germs see an opportunity to jump in and get to work, clogging your pores up.
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- It can be related to diabetes. This is one way of getting yourself to be tested for the proper blood sugar levels. Often when people hit 40 they are more prone to boils coming back again and again and if this happens you should ask yourself if your are suffering from any other symptoms relating to diabetes.
- Obesity is something which brings on skin boils so this is something to watch.
- Other troubles that we run into on a daily basis are ingrown hairs, various medications that have an impact on the immune system or articles trapped in the skin, blocking the sweat glands.
- Hygiene plays a big role. Keeping those armpits clean and using a good face wash as well as an exfoliator all help fight the cause here.
- If you are eating more fast food than the average person, it is a definite sign that you must slow down because this is going to add to the problem, amongst other skin abnormalities.
Types of Boils to Look out for
Sometimes it’s a good thing to know a little bit about the boil before you run off to your doc. Who knows you may even be able to solve the problem first. People with a high white blood cell count are able to fight off the infection before they have a chance to settle in so it really depends on the individual and how well your body is ablet of protect you from boils.
- Furuncles – this is when you have a hair folicle that is getting in the way or some stuborn bacteria that doesn’t want to leave. You may find that if you have a bad case that you will get a fever or a couple of chills. You will find these boils can appear anywhere in your body, but most often on the face, neck, armpits, buttock and thighs.
- Carbuncles – These are the same sort of thing, except that they grow in groups. The infection is generally worse and the boils last longer.
- Cystic Acne – This pops up because of a plug in your hair follicle. If you have too much oil, dirt and bacteria which gets trapped under the skin, then you will find that boils start to come up. It actually affects deeper skin layers which is why it is a little different to your regular acne.
- Hidradentitis Suparativa – When your sweat glands become inflamed you will find these nasty things in the groin and underarum areas. It may need to be treated surgically if nothing else works.
Treatment for Boils
Probably the biggest questions is how are you going to get rid of this unwelcome guest that decided to perch it’s way on your shoulder or neck. Well, there are medical ways which makes it easy as pie and of course you can go the natural route. Lots of people have been having success with this, but you have to know what you are doing.
Once the boil has developed, it forms a head, which contains the bacteria and all that horrible pus. With some boils you can drain the inside. This is called boil lacing. You do this when it has reached it’s final stage with hot packs that help fight the infection. A damp pack will also work well. It could last two week in general for a boil to heal naturally, but this also depends on the person and the type of boil you have.
Natural Homemade Remedies for Boil Treatment
- Keep the area around the boil clean, especially when pus is oozing out because this is when more boils could build up.
- Garlic cloves can do a lot of good in the medical world. A paste of three garlic cloves is definitely going to help to some degree.
- Aslo think of adding ginger. Pound up equal amounts of ginger and garlic into a paste.
- Things like the bark of Neem or Castor tree has fantastic properties. This can be bought in an oil.
- Homeopathic treatment for boils are something to consider because they won’t give you any other type of side-effect. All ingredients are natural so you won’t find an extra itch or that burning sensation that you get from many medications you buy over the counter. Something like BoilX is a good solution.
- Since boils are also caused by being overweight, it just seems logical to follow a diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals whch is going to keep you healthy. Staying off the sugars and the fats is a good way to go. Also think of avoiding white breads, which just instantly put on weight. Drink lots of water throughout the day. More and more people are starting to see the good in a glass of vegetable juice to start the day. Not only is this filling, but it is also good for you and can be really tasty.
- There are also a lot of herbal remedies that have been doing a lot of good things when it comes to treating boils. Things like Enchinacea and Goldenseal both have healing properties. Oregano extract, grapeseed extracts and usnea moss has also been known to provide good results. Make sure you are given the right dose. For some of these extracts they warn you not to go ahead if you are taking an anti-coagulant or you are pregnant.