Boils: What is Boils, symptoms, causes, home remedies for boils

Boils: What is Boils, symptoms, causes, home remedies for boils

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Written and Reviewed By :
Dr. Riddhi P. Sardhara.



What are Boils?


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 a carbuncle. Before boils can heal completely, they must open and drain. Boils typically resolve on their own within two weeks of onset.

Causes of Boils

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:

  • Diabetes.

  • Problems with the immune system.

  • Poor nutrition.

  • Poor hygiene.

  • Exposure to harsh chemicals that irritate the skin.


  • Symptoms of Boils

  • 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 Boils



  • Make a paste of two to three fresh Garlic (Lahasun) cloves and apply it to 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 a handful of Neem leave and grind them to get a paste. Apply this to the affected area.

  • Apply the 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 to 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.

  • The boil should be protected from irritation and other infections by the bees and flies.

  • Hot fomentation helps to ripened or expulsion the pus outside the skin and in healing the affected area. This may be done by hot water bag or hot cloth or by any medicines.

  • In boils which are Take a long time to heal, leaves of the basil and betel, make a paste, apply to the boil, it reduces bacterial growth as well as pain and redness.

  • Take ajwain seed, and rose water, make a paste and apply to the boil, it helps to reduces pain.

  • Internally take medicines that are good blood purifiers like, neem, amla, giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), manjistha (Rubia cordifolia).

  • Intake of protein-rich food like green gram, chickpea lentils, and others are beneficial to fight against bacteria and improves immunity.


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