When it comes to getting rid of boils there are many options you can use, one of them is to just let time take it’s course and allow the boil to come to a head, rupture and drain. This is one option but if your boil is particularly painful or in a overly sensitive spot you may want to hurry the process along a little bit, there are other things that may be able to help and ointment for boils is one of them.
A boil is an infection in the skin. It can happen when there is a cut or skin tear that allows the bacteria on your skin to get into your system and turn into a infection. A boil will start out as a smallish red sore, much like a pimple, but as the infection worsens the boil will grow in size and fill with pus.
Boils can occur at any age and anywhere on the body, but some of the most common places are the neck, underarms, shoulders, back and buttocks. When boils occur in the groin areas it can be even more painful and irritating since your clothing can rub on it even more than it would elsewhere on your body.
For most people it’s unnecessary to visit your doctor when you have a boil. The exceptions would be if you have any underlying immune issues that make it more difficult for you to fight off infection, if that is the case you may want to visit your doctor right away.
Another time to go to the doctor to get treatment for a boil is if the boils appear in groups of more than one ( which indicates a more serious infection) or if you develop a fever with the boils, this too can be a sign that the infection is more severe than a normal boil would be.
Do not try to lance, or pop, the boil yourself. This can actually make things worse since you won’t have a sterile environment and you can actually cause the infection to spread to other areas of your body. It’s best to use other methods to encourage the pus to gather close to the surface so the boil can pop on it’s own and drain. One of the most common methods is to use a warm compress. Just take a clean washcloth soak it in hot water and apply it gently directly on the boil. Do this several times a day until the boil is ready to pop.
A good ointment that you can use that will accomplish the same goal can easily be made right at home. Take about 20 neem leaves and boil them in a cup of water. Boil the mixture until half the water has evaporated then let it cool. Apply the ointment to the boil. This natural remedy can help the boil to rupture and drain, thus allowing quicker healing.
Using ointment for boils can offer some soothing effects as well as speed up the time it takes for a boil to heal. Make sure to always keep the affected area clean during and after the time the boil pops to prevent further, possibly more serious, infection.
This article is not medical advice and should not be interperted or used to replace professional medical advice from your personal medical doctor.