What is a Boil?
A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. At first, the skin turns red in the area of the infection and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus collects under the skin. If the infection spreads to the deeper tissues of the skin, then it becomes an abscess. The most common places for boil's to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. When one forms on the eyelid, it is called a sty. If several boils appear in a group, the condition is more of a serious type infection called as carbuncle. Before boils can heal completely, they must open and drain. Boils typically resolve on their own within two weeks of onset.
There is no specific cause for the formation of boils but certain health problems make people more susceptible to skin infections such as boils. Examples are:
Problems with the immune system.
Exposure to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin.
The skin around the boil becomes red, painful and swollen.
More boils may appear around the original one.
Fever develops and the lymph nodes become swollen.
Home Remedies For BoilsMake paste of two to three fresh Garlic (lahasun) cloves and apply it onto the boil.
Take one teaspoon of Turmeric (haldi) powder in a glass of milk or water. Boil it and drink three times a day for four to five days.
Take handful of Neem leave and grind them to get a paste. Apply this on the affected area.
Apply paste of Black Pepper (Kali Mirchi) on boils for 10-15 minutes and then wash.
Take some black seeds (kalonji) and grind them to get a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area.
Boil some neem leaves in water until the quantity of water reduces to one-third. Now use this water to rinse the affected area.
Ayurvedic Herbs/Indian Medicinal Plants