How To Treat, Soothe & Bring Boils To A Head

Boils are skin abscesses that can develop for a number of reasons but common culprits are an ingrown hair and plugged sweat glands (armpits and groin area especially). They start out somewhat sore when touched but if allowed to flourish, they will continue to swell in size and become extremely painful…some can grow to the size of an egg!

ExamplesAt first glance you might mistake it for a pimple but until it comes to a head, you’ll find it very, very painful to touch and no matter how much you squeeze it (if you can tolerate the pain), very little (if any) pus will expel.

The best way to get rid of one is to start treatment as soon as you notice it forming (can feel like a tender, sore lump when first developing). If they become extremely large, soft and ready to expel, they’re better tackled by a doctor who will lance it, drain it, pack it and send you on your way with a prescription for penicillin or antibacterial cream.

Side Note: You might recall scenes in historical based movies of nuns heating small glass globes or jars then applying them to a poor soul’s body. This actually was something done for boils, the heat inside the glass would create a vacuum when openings were stuck on the skin which would then draw out the infection. Imagine how painful that was! The good news is, it’s pretty easy to take care of things yourself with a lot less fuss.

To begin:

Help fight the infection by soaking in a hot bath with Epsom salts (keeping the afflicted part under water). You can also apply warm packs or cloths. The heat increases circulation and encourages your body to focus on that spot and attack the infection. Do this a couple times a day and you should see results quickly. Keep it up until the boil has completely gone. If handled promptly, there will be no pus to drain since your body will take care of it.

If things are too far gone and you want to bring it to a head (ripen it) so it will soften and erupt, here’s what you can do (continue heat treatments as directed above):

  • Saturate a bandaid pad with a few drops of tea tree oil then cover abscess.
  • Regularly soak in lavender water (scroll down page for recipes). Can also use as a compress.
  • Slather honey over the spot.
  • Apply a fresh sliced tomato or tomato paste on top of it. The acid from the fruit will help soothe and ripen quicker.
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice, drizzle over top or soak a cotton ball with it and bandage in place. Same idea as above.
  • Poultice: 1 TBS alum + 2 oz fresh tomato juice. Mix together then apply, covering completely. Wrap with cheesecloth, remove after 15 minutes and wash off.
  • Regularly slather on garlic oil (instructions found on bottom of page) to hasten things along.

Old Wives Remedies:

  • Completely cover it with a piece of fatty bacon (raw), bandage in place and leave on overnight.
  • The crusty heel from a stale loaf of bread is soaked in hot milk then placed on the abscess and bandaged in place. Do several times a day until ripened.

It will be ready to open up with little pressure when the top softens and you see a yellow pus dot in the center (just like with a pimple). Once it opens up to drain, the relief will be instant and almost overwhelming. There will be a lot of fluid draining…you’ll be surprised at the amount! Keep the surrounding skin as clean as possible and disinfect regularly. Cover wound with a sterilized bandage.

Important:

  • If you notice reddening or red streaking around the boil or patient is feverish or experiences chills (before or after eruption), seek professional medical care.
  • People with diabetes and weakened immune systems should have a doctor handle this.
  • Remember that you’re dealing with a bacterial infection (staph), wash hands well before and after treatment. Once draining starts, wearing latex gloves while cleaning it up is a good idea.
  • If you have a cluster of them, these are called carbuncles and should be looked at by a doctor.

Please Note: These are simply notes I have collected, they are not professional medical advice.

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Comments

    • Debra
    Reply

    Does anyone know the best way to fade the scars these boils leave?

      • Sena
      Reply

      Only a Dermatologist should be consulted as if done wrong it can cause even more problems, these boils are actually called Acne Inversa and in fact will make tunnels under the skin….so it’s not just a simple scar.

    • JEANETTE
    Reply

    Homeopathic remedy I use is to take turmeric internally and apply it topically. I have experienced the boil opening and draining within a few hours. Make a salve by mixing honey with turmeric and apply it onto the boil. Also, eat 1- 3 Tablespoons of the honey and turmeric mixture. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory and is good for arthritis too. But, I don’t take it daily, only when I’m in pain due to severe inflammation. Google turmeric and boils to read more.

    • Mrs.L
    Reply

    This site is so helpful! I’ve had a boil this past week that was bringing me to tears couldn’t walk nothing! Vicks worked for me and the boil just ‘erupted’ on its own this morning definitely a huge relief. But not all of the puss and stuff is completely out yet? Was thinking of getting in a hot shower or bath and trying to squeeze on it again? Or should will it drain on its own if I put some gauze on it and leave it there? And was wondering about what other care I should take with it now that it’s draining?

      • Charise B.
      Reply

      @Mrs. L.
      First and foremost continue to wash your hands before and after, depending on where it’s located try using a feminine pad (the thin ones) doing so allows for the boil to drain and not mess up your clothes. You may also try putting honey on it as well. You can also Google the health benefits of honey. It works wonders.
      I understand that these tips and tricks may not work for everyone, but it’s at least worth trying verses getting it lanced. God bless & I hope you find something that works for you. ?

      • Sena
      Reply

      You can use Witch Hazel that comes in an alcohol base, dip a sterile gauze in it, put it on the boil and apply a TegaDerm bandage and change twice per day till hardly any pus is released then change daily till it’s healed.
      Witch Hazel is my go to for all boils…..which if under the arms or breasts or between thighs is call Acne Inversa (a chronic condition unfortunately) which is not the same as a regular boil. As soon as I start feeling slight pain and a small lump I use the Witch Hazel treatment as above, it usually either makes the boil go away or burst. Within 2 days its gone. I will never again wait to treat a boil till I have to go to the ER……seems the local anesthetic does not work on boils at all……pure torture, they should knock people out (they do have short lasting injectable anesthetics but seem too cheap or impatient t bother using it) before lancing these boils, it’s inhuman !!!

    • Barb U
    Reply

    I have had this one spot between my breasts for many years…more than I can remember. It would get hard and then I would squeeze it and get this yellowish pus out of it. It also smelled. Recently it came back but much larger. I couldn’t get anything out of it this time. I have done hot compresses the last few days and put a salve on it, but still nothing. Last night after reading these suggestions I tried the honey. First I did the hot compresses then I put honey on a large band-aid and put it on the spot. Last night it hurt so bad that I almost packed it during the night…but I didn’t for fear of waking my husband. This morning when I took the band-aid off the whole rounded top was white with pus underneath the skin. I pushed around the sides and POP…oh what a relief it was. It still is hard, but I have soaked it and put another honey-soaked band-aid on. I hope it draws more pus out. I was truly amazed. I recommend trying this one! Thanks for the suggestion.

    • issabee
    Reply

    I had horrible boils under my arm when I was pregnant so the doctor couldn’t use any kind of anesthetic that actually worked so I had to lay on the table while he lanced it without any pain killers it was terrible

    • kim
    Reply

    I also had to go to the hospital to have a boil taken care of. I’d had it under my arm and it hurt so horribly to even breathe. The er Dr. injected the site but did not let it numb enough. He then proceeded to lance it, causing me to scream in pain in the er. I was not happy needless to say. Now I have one I side my ear and it is also unbelievably painful. I love the ideas for relief but they are difficult for the current location.

    • marriage is half of faith
    Reply

    What if the boil is by your ear? Face area…

    • samantha
    Reply

    I have been getting boils for a few years now, and like u guys i hate it! Im so sick of being told
    by doctors to deal with it because im diabetic! i have a bad one under my arm and the other
    day i had it lanced. id never had one lanced before so i didnt know what to expect….
    Omg i have never felt such pain….not even having kids! I was screaming and crying like a baby
    and must have looked like a right idiot!…its been 2 days and its started to come back and i dont know why…..im scared to go back to the doctors….its depressing…

      • Angel
      Reply

      Hi, I had my first ever boil June 19, 2010. It started on my inner thigh. I went to use the bathroom that morning and when I sat down I felt a slight sore spot. It started off as a super tiny pimple, and I didn’t think anything of it. By the afternoon, it was the size of a dime. By the evening, it was the size of a quarter and it was killing me! It kept growing rapidly, and it was so painful that I could barely walk. I was embarrassed but wa finally in so much pain that I got up at 430am on June 20, woke up my grandmother and showed her where it was. By then it was bigger than a 50 cent piece. Because she’d seen me limping around she took to me to the ER where I had it lanced, drained, and packed. I had to have the packing replaced once a week. And let me tell you, I gave birth to my daughter on June 4, 2010. I remembered labor very well, and I will take giving birth any day and time over getting these damn things just to have them lanced. As I saw them happen more and more I took my lancets and popped them as they were forming. I’d much rather deal with that than get it lanced. But eventually I knew I’d run out of those. I’d read somewhere to soak a cotton ball in vinegar and leave it overnight. I figured what do I have to lose? Nothing. So, I tried it and by morning it was a quarter of the size it originally was. I repeated the step and it was practically gone. I was so grateful. Now, when I feel it forming, as long as you get to it early and soak a cotton ball with vinegar and bandage it overnight, it’ll take care of itself almost painlessly.

        • SandraP
        Reply

        Just regular white vinegar?

        • Genie
        Reply

        Everyone PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE TAKE THIS ADVICE AND GOD BLESS YOU ANGEL THANK YOU SO VERY VERRRY MUCH ABOUT THE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TIP!!! I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS YOU ARE A SAVIOR! SENDING MANY MANY MANY THANKS AND BLESSINGS YOUR WAY. I used Bragg’s apple cider vinegar and if you cannot find that look for any brand of raw unfiltered unpasteurized apple cider vinegar it should have some stuff on the bottom of the bottle shake well good luck?

          • Peter
          Reply

          Should I drink the vinegar like you would medicine or apply it externally to the infected area? thanks…

    • KC
    Reply

    I have been plagued with boils and have had to have several lanced under my arms before and filled with packing. It was HORRIBLE. I have found that with my most recent and most painful ever one which was right on the crease where my thigh meets my privates, epsom salt and warm damp rags kept it draining and this one is finally almost gone. However, now i have one on my face that is about the size of an egg and I am TERRIFIED to go get it drained at the hospital after reading everyone else’s stories about how badly they hurt. This one is definitely soft, and I am ready to get rid of it. I think I am going to go try some VICKS and if that doesn’t work, I might just have to try something else to soothe and burst it. Thanks for all of the posts!

      • Somers
      Reply

      Just get skin soft with warm compress and then use new exacto knife or razor blade and apply pressure and you will feel the blade almost pop into the abscess. It doesn’t hurt like you think because blade goes into pus filled pocket and not flesh beneath. Then it will drain and you’ll feel like a new person.

    • May Leichty
    Reply

    I just started getting boils 10 months ago. All have been on my face
    and neck (hell , pure hell) well this current one is huge and behind my knee. At Which point should I go get medical treatment?? Its getting closer to skin..but still way under.im worried
    bc the skin behind knee is so tight its also pressing against something and pain is shooting up my leg..Man..this suckssss :(” i feel all of yr pain..

      • Sena
      Reply

      That could be a cyst that is known to grow behind the knee…..do not mess with it, go to the ER as it is in much deeper tissue than just a skin boil !

    • stace
    Reply

    I get these constantly, and they are so painful I sometimes feel like I’m going crazy because the pain is so intense. I was prescribed “fucidin ointment” (not cream)… put that on a bandaid or gauze pad 2-3 times a day… and usually within a few days it causes it to open and have all that crap drain out. I’m gonna try some of these tips too. I’d like to know how to completely prevent them! I end up with more than one at a time. It’s so horrible!

    • Sim
    Reply

    I can relate to each of your stories. Having recurrent boils is a curse. I have one right now on my left underarm (which is where I have had umpteen number of them)! I am truly fed up of boils and am hoping that this one goes away soon. I will be using PRID for the first time. Just hoping it works for me. Please pray folks! You know what I am talking about! 🙁

    • Shirlene VEMMA Lady 777
    Reply

    First time I’ve had a boil on my back in years and it is very stubborn. Won’t come to a head and hurts a lot. Doubling up on my liquid nutritional supplement and using it topically to see how it works. Will let you know how it works.

    • Amelia
    Reply

    Hi, This is the first time i every get a boil. I got it on my nose. 🙁 i started feeling pain and tenderness around nose. Then the next day it appeared and just grew and grew, Horrible and so painful. First Dr (had no idea) thought it was a cold sore and told me to use zovirax, second doctor told me to take antibiotics. oral and intravenously. its been 10 days, the doctor lanced it today and drew some blood and pus out. Really want to know how long till it completely heals and if there is anything to speed up the process.

    • Massey
    Reply

    I have a medium sized boil on my forehead, been to the doctors and he says I have to live with it or get it removed, I can be very painful at times but I am so bad with any kind of injections or treatment please help:(

    • Ladetra
    Reply

    I have one and mines was big all I did was. Left a bandage on. It an then it opened up then I started squeezing it and then when it go small starting outing a got rag on it then put neosporin on it and bandage it

    • Neicee
    Reply

    So glad to find this page. I have been getting boils in my private area for the last two years, at least one a month, sometimes more. Right now I have 4 in 4 different areas down there. My gyn gave me meds but they didn’t stop. She told me to wash with anti bacterial soap, that hasn’t helped. Really glad to see that if I add Garlic to my daily intake that might help get rid of them. I will definitely be trying some of your suggestions. I have one that is extremely big and painful right now that I am really going to work on. Thanks to all who have shared their your experiences and advise.

      • savannah garl
      Reply

      Do not wash with antibacterial that is the worst thing you could do..you are getting rid of the good bacteria that fights it!!!

    • Jay
    Reply

    Hi have had boils come up after i turned 35 n have had many small ops to remove them n also lanced but mine this week i think i have them back cause of stress n my boyfriend put some of the litch cream on last night it stung really bad but thanks for this info everyone just need to know how many times a day as to sore with this one to move to even get it lanced n how long dose it take before it starts to draw to heal

    • Thomas
    Reply

    I just wanted to follow up to my last post and inform of my latest results. I applied the Benzocaine as directed for 4 days and during these 4 days the pain was almost out of this world, but this morning I had woke up early and noticed that there was this strange nasty odor and felt this wetness and happened to check this area and noticed that my boil had finally popped and was draining like a faucet and the pain was diminishing somewhat and started to feel a lot better so I took a hot shower and cleansed the area as much as possible and had packed gauze in the area, and took some extra gauze with me to work so I can change it. The problem I had was that this boil had grown so large I had thought about naming it, but seriously the relief I had was so great and thankful, but it was draining something crazy like and had to leave work early because of this. So I came home and took another hot shower and immediately put all my clothes in the washer because they had the infection all over them. Then I applied Ichthammol Ointment afterwards to draw out the last of the infection, and hopefully be the last I see of this darn thing and would never wish anyone to go through the pain and suffering I had gone through. So I would say this to anyone suffering from these conditions patience is a virtue and the pain can and will be great, but keep in mind when it pops and drains you will feel like a million bucks and ready to tackle the world again. Good luck everyone and thank you all for your support and ideas and help. God Bless

    • cherie
    Reply

    Two weeks ago I had a knot come up in my armpit. It was painful but I thought it was a swollen lymphnode and it would go away soon. It started to get red and the swelling didn’t go down so I began to think it was an ingrown hair so I messed with it a little with tweezers looking for the hair which I never found but I squeezed it and a little pus came out. It was extremely painful and for the past week I’ve left it alone hoping it would came to a head I showed it to a nurse at my doctors office and she called it a hair bump but didn’t do an up close inspection or feel it. Two days ago(the day after showing the nurse) it doubled in size, became excrutiatingly painful and got more inflamed, since then it is steadily getting bigger and even more painful(from the size of a dime to bigger than a golf ball) and the pain goes up into my shoulderblade and neck! I’m going to the doc. but have no idea how the lancing process works. Do they deaden? Will they give me something stronger than ibuprofen after cutting my arm open? Could someone give me a step by step rundown of their personal experience so I can have some sort of idea what to expect!? Thanks in advance!!!

      • Tracey
      Reply

      I had this exact same thing for 10 days I waited for it to come go head and in the end it was absolutely excruciating. I went straight to the Emergency Room they took one look at it and admitted me for surgery that night. They told me it had turned into an abcess and that it would not heal on its own and surgery was the only option. I had a general anesthetic and and they opened and drained two large abcesses. Dont let your GP lance it as they are unable to clean it out properly and they will come back surgery was a god send.

      • Charise B.
      Reply

      Hello Ms.Cherie,
      I have had a boil lanced before at a hospital and to answer your question, here is the play by play that I remember:
      1.) Vitals are taken
      2.) Nurse/Dr. will explain the process to you before they touch you, you will get a shot to sort of numb you and they will proceed to lance your boil. For me the shot hurt just about as much as the boil. I’m not going to lie, it all hurts like hell but you will feel so much better after it’s done. Pressure will be applied in order to get out ALL the nasty stuff, the affected area will be cleaned, trust me there will be a very foul smell. May prescribe 50mg Tramadol (Ultram) to help with the pain. I recently just got another one and this is what I have tried so far: soak in a tub of HOT water with Epsom salt, Dawn (dish soap(just a little bit).Soaked long enough until water got cold. Then next day used honey, for about 15 minutes then washed the honey off (it’s sticky situation). Then, the next day I used Epsom salt, hot water and a little bit of Ultra Ajax with bleach alternative in bathroom sink (HOT & wet compress applied light pressure on outer skin of the boil squeezing gently until it burst.It still hurts a little bit but not as much as it did the day before.

      I hope this helps, God bless.

      P. S. Home remedies actually do work, also if you go to Family Dollar and purchase a box of Summer’s Eve 5-in-1 Cleaning Cloths come in handy.

    • Thomas
    Reply

    I get these boils from time to time usually between my legs up near the top on the inner side near my groin, and in the past I was successful in removing them by just letting them go away and keeping the area clean as possible. I sweat a lot and especially between my legs. I have been thinking of buying boxer shorts to see if that will help me keep them at bay. But this time I have a boil that first started out as usual and then it started to grow and get very very painful. Now it is to the point it has grown bigger and gotten harder and it has been the most painful thing I have ever had experienced. I had developed a fever and I thought I had contracted someone’s virus like the flu or something I ran a temperature and felt miserable. Makes it even worse when I have to sit and go to the bathroom or even dread thinking about going to the bathroom. I am a 53 year old male and gotten them for life and dealt with them and was never this bad before. I had thought about going to the walk in clinic or emergency room but am embarrassed to do so because of the area in question especially if it is a female doctor no offence please intended here just very shy and embarrassed, I don’t care how many times they tell you I have seen it all, not me they haven’t. So anyway I went to my local pharmacy and asked them their advise. She had referred me to buy 3 things to help my pain as well as some over the counter pain meds. First thing she said was to buy some Benzocaine for the pain it is a salve kind of thick and apply it generously to the area. Then she said to buy some Ichthammol Ointment, Then Epson salt. Said for me to take a hot bath as I could stand and soak in it to soften the area…
    Well the over the counter medication didn’t ease the pain nor did the Benzocaine, so I had some pain killers my dentist gave me that helped somewhat, it still hurt but was able to deal with pain as it deadened it somewhat. So now I am going to take a hot bath and hopefully brings this to a head and relieve the pain by hopefully get it open and treat with Ichthammol Ointment afterwards, she had said I must get it opened first for that to work it wouldn’t draw it out by itself unless you had it popped…
    I remembered in the past the puss and blood was very messy but was also very relieving once it had been drained somewhat of the pressure, this time I don’t care how messy it will be just so I can get this darn thing gone once and for all….
    I appreciate all the comments listed in this article and will consider changing my diet as well as making sure I have these other ideas close at hand if I should ever get another boil. I just want the pain to go away and be able to walk and sit again and not be in pain…
    I will keep you all posted as to my condition as I go. Thanks again everyone its nice to see it just isn’t me that gets these darn things in the areas…..

    • ugh88
    Reply

    Yes, Jamie, it is a problem with overweight people and can be a sign of type 2 diabetes or even as a warning sign that you are on your way to becoming one. But, even healthy weight people get them, so you should have at least one of your boils tested for MRSA. If it isn’t, then most likely it is just staph and could be an ingrown hair or as I stated, a sign that one should go and get tested for type 2 diabetes. I’d also suggest that if the test come back negative, that lifestyle change should begin in order to halt these changes that the body is trying to warn us about. Losing some weight will most definitely help put these boils at bay as well as controlling the stress in our lives. Boils are sometimes described as looking very ‘angry’ and so controlling our own emotions will help too. How we feel inside most certainly affects our physical lives and boils remind me of one ‘holding’ in anger that will eventually ‘burst’ out in order to relieve itself if we are somehow ‘biting our tongues’ or holding any sort of anger or hurt feelings. Find other ways or working these feelings out. Beginning some form of physical exercise may help and simple walking may be the perfect way to begin that is easiest on the body and joints. Good luck and stay HAPPY!!!

      • Tree
      Reply

      I think you may be onto to something here:-)

    • Jai
    Reply

    Unfortunately I deal with these all the time. I currently have 4 but the worst one is under my arm. This is the biggest boil I’ve ever had & it hurts like hell! I get them sometimes b4 I start my cycle. I can’t shave bcuz Lord knows if I do I’m in trouble. I’ve been trying ever thing I can think of to bring the one under my arm to a head bcuz it hurts so bad, I can’t put my arm down or lift it over my head. So for the past week I’ve been walking around with a pillow under my arm. My doc says it has a lot to do with my weight, eating habit, & my vitamin intake! I will keep your tips in mind. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody!!

    • so-very-sore
    Reply

    I have suffered for 15 years with these re-ocurring painful scarring boils. I am 30 and I am so scarred that i refuse to wear a tank top or short skirt. Now they have not only spread from under the arms, between the legs and bum but now i get them on my sides and on my forearms.

    I feel for you all, its the most painful thing ever, i currently have two under my left arm and one under my right arm. I cant even go to the toilet without suffering emense pain and crying because it hurts to wipe.

    There just doesnt seem to be a remedy to cure this horrible horrible infection. I get up to 7 a month and they flare up a few days before my mentrual cycle.

    Somone for heavens sake help me!!!!

      • drose
      Reply

      First wash your hands and prepare a cotton ball with hydrogen peroxide. clean the area with the peroxide then keep it in place for about an hour. Then try a teaspoon of tumeric powder mixed with one and a half teaspoon ginger and mix into a paste with a tablespoon of water. Be careful because tumeric stains clothes(it will also stain skin temporarily for a few days to up to two weeks, but it is completely harmless), Use a cotton ball to spread the paste over your boil and then apply gauze or a bandage to keep it in place until it drains or over night. Don’t reuse sheets, towels, etc, if they come in contact with your boil. For pain just use pain meds and between the paste and peroxide treatments use a warm compress to sooth the ache and relax the skin, while simultaneously speeding up its ability to drain.

      The boils you have seem to be, like mine, due to hormonal levels. Dietary changes:
      1) decrease carb intake
      2) increase intake of cranberry juice and anti-oxident laden drinks like green tea
      3)increase water intake
      4) During the periods where you seem to get more boils bathe more regularly.
      5) Add tumeric to your diet. Be careful because many sell false tumeric capsules, so I’d recommend just adding it to cooking. I have heard tumeric within the first 24 hours of a boil occuring can ease symptoms or make it disappear entirely. So for this make a warm glass of water mixed with tumeric or tumeric in milk, or a light anti-oxident tea in those first 24. (you can also apply drops of the tumeric milk to gauze and press it to the boil to help bring it to a head)
      6) Use a clean well kept razor or clean the bled well before reuse and shave in the direction of hair growth not too close to the skin. For me this strategy doesn’t always work due to my having PCOS and thicker hair, so if you can tolerate how strong it is hair removal cream can really save you time and future pain.
      7) Try using a gentle anti-bacterial soap in areas of your body with creases (armpits, love handles, groin, buttock, etc.) particularly after you shave!.

      • Yann
      Reply

      I guess fasting would be a great idea in your case. Exercice and sauna to allow your body to sweat. Detoxification is the way to go in my opinion, juices and smoothies, herbs for the kidneys, bowels, lymph etc. Your body has to expel those toxins by the right ways: the emunctories.

      • Habs
      Reply

      I feel for you I have dealt with boils for 20 years. Take 100mg zinc glucomate and 400mg tumeric daily it will take 3 months to work but it works give it a chance.

    • Shatara
    Reply

    I have an extremely painful boil on my breast and it keeps coming back sometimes more than once a month. I am a diabetic and I wonder can that be causing it? Are there any fast painless treatments?? Help please

      • Hope
      Reply

      I have read that diabetes can be a cause. I have been getting them under my arm and one turned to staph, so I’m going to be checked for diabetes here soon.

    • J Bolick
    Reply

    I have had a couple of these, and they are horrible…both on my back. I had to have the last one cut open and drained. My nurse said infected tissue can’t be numbed, and she was so right! Even though my doctor stuck a needle into it anyway. I have started scrubbing with a nylon scrubbie on my back with antibacterial body wash at the first sign of a new one, then scrubbed the sore before it comes to a head with blackhead and acne wash that teens use. Finish off with tea tree oil on a bandage square. No cure, but it helps.

    • Jamie
    Reply

    I have suffered with boils my whole life!!! (I’m 30) Above leandra asked if they can be hereditary and I believe the answer is YES…my father has also suffered with them his whole life and a few other family members on his side of the family get them as well. I have scars all over my body from them, mostly on my upper thighs and underwear line…the friction from my underwear caused reoccuring boils in the same spots. It got to the point that I had to stop wearing underwear just so that I wouldn’t get them as often. I once got one on my knee the size of an apple that turned into Staph. I found that hot baths as well as moist very hot compresses brought the most relief. I used to end up in the emergency room in tears they would get so bad and so very very painful…I have kicked many doctors after having a needle stuck into them over and over and over!! The packing always annoyed me to the piont that id have anxiety attacks if i didn’t take it out…I always had at least one but usually 3 or 4 at a time…I recently lost 60 pounds and since then I’ve only had 2 boils and I would love to know if my weight loss has anything to do with it. I can’t say that I am eating healthier, I was actually put on medication that caused me to have no appetite so that’s why I lost the weight….if anyone knows if people that are overweight are more likely to get them than others I’m very curious to know…also does anyone know if theres anything that can be done to prevent them? BOILS are horrible and can I relate to all of your stories:(

      • Sugarpie80
      Reply

      For the past few years I have been fighting boils left and right IN THE SAME SPOT YOU ARE!! My upper inner legs AND THEY HURT! I have done some research and have found that tea tree oil will help them go away. I have not tried this myself but best believe I’m getting ready to head to the local pharmacy to pick some up! I have boils that will just pop up out of no where if I use a certain kind of soap in that area, but I have found that I can use “Yardleys” soap, but only the Almond kind. I dont know if there is something in the “almond” that helps, but I have found that it will dry the boil up and if it is bad enough it will bring it to a head so you can drain it. I went to the hospital one time and had it lanced, WORST PAIN EVER!!! I am so sick of these little demons popping up on my inner legs. Right now I have one that is swollen and is about the size of an egg and has me walking like a penguin! I wish you and everyone else that has a boil the best of luck,,, these suckers are NO joke!

        • Latrelle
        Reply

        I have had boils several times on upper inner thighs and I would soak in a hot tub with Epsom salts. Twice per day as hot as I could stand it and after a couple of days it would drain.

      • Kay Bee
      Reply

      Being overweight can cause you to get boils more often because often times you are sweating more and your arms and thighs rub together more and then you have sweat mixing with bacteria and that will cause the boils. Also with more weight your clothes fit tighter and that can irritate hair follicles which get inflamed causing boils or abscesses. Wearing cotton underwear (no thongs!) that’s not too tight can help because cotton lets your skin breath. Shower daily, especially when it’s hot or you were sweating and that should help some.

        • Phillis Jordan
        Reply

        Hello I have a boil in my breast and it is so hard and it hurt to move it hasn’t popped yet what can I do to ease the pain

      • warjna
      Reply

      I’ve had boils on my buttocks over and over in exactly the same place every time. My doctor says it’s because I sit all the time. Fine, tell me how I’m supposed to work on a computer without sitting down? I have never had one burst (come to a head) on its own, but I have had to have one lanced, it’s always right where the toilet seat hits it! I do know that I can tell when one is coming on, the spot gets a certain kind of itchy that I can’t explain any other way, sorry. But if I realize that, sometimes I can head it off by applying straight Tea Tree Oil several times a day. I have also tried homeopathic remedies: Belladonna for 24 hours, and if that doesn’t work then try Hepar Sulph. Those two really work. I will try the garlic pills, I’ve taken them before for other reasons.
      Jamie, what medication did your doctor put you on that made you lose weight? I need help badly for that! And yes, I do think that weight has a lot to do with getting boils.

      • cindy
      Reply

      Jamie, I am in the same boat. I’ve had them since I was a kid, I’m 28now. only went to the ER when I couldn’t tolerate it anymore, I get them everywhere, armpit inner thigh bikini line.. also stopped waring under ware started waring boxers helped alot and they didn’t come back so bad cause they wasn’t being irritated. and also have many scars..I recently lost more than 50 lbs but still have a jelly belly but now getting them under my belly where my pants go. I am always looking for new ways to make them pop.Just got the ichthammol ointment put it on the one I have on the side of my stomach I hope it works I can’t take this pain it’s so bad it’s swollen and all redness around it.. Hope they come up with something where they can’t come back.. And I thought I was the only person that gets them. It’s so embarrassing to go to the ER and to painful. Them doctors love to cause more pain.. And it HAS to be hereditary, My mom has gotten them in the past she’s 60 now and hasn’t had one for some time.. and my sister gets them BUT not as bad as I do… I really need help I hate what these things have done to my body!!

    • lyn
    Reply

    I had two boils on 1 under arm u can imagine it was a week of hell went to the doctor he gave me an injection and antiniotics after 4 days one popped than the following day the last one popped but than my let side was so sore my breast and arm I was so swollen I also used warm salt water I pray no one goes thru this

      • marie
      Reply

      I know what you went through. Several years ago I had one on my arm pit. Sore, I couldn’t put my arm down all the way. Couldn’t shave for 10 days. It was about the size of a silver dollar and bright red. After about a week, I noticed a large white head on it, and I gave a gentle squeeze and a stream of pus and blood poured out into the sink for about 2 minutes, I thought I was going to faint. Never had another there, just get them on my thighs once in a while now, thank God. Boils are awful.

    • Sheryl
    Reply

    I just cut a leaf from my aloe vera plant, warmed it and placed it behind my ear (where my boil is) and covered it with a large bandage. I’ll check back in tomorrow morning and let you all know if it worked for me. I’ve had this thing behind my ear for a week. At 1st it was hard and painful. I used boil ease and it is now soft but is not advancing in any way. Hopefully this Aloe will help it along. Thanks for the advise ! FINGERS CROSSED !!

    • Weegie
    Reply

    Hi, my name is Weegie. I have dealt with boils for months and months. Trying to figure out the most possible way of getting rid of them and nothing has worked until my doctor suggested that I use B12. I use 1mg once a day and it has gotten rid of the boil and I haven’t gotten it back. It is an easy remedy and it works great. It’s not a cure but it helps.

    • Jennifer Mansoori
    Reply

    I got this one big lump on my inner thigh 3 days ago….. It was terrible as it hurts real bad. Took antibiotics from the doctor and also a craem lobate. It did help a little, since the progress was slow. The lump turned black in two days as well as bigger in size. Was unable to stand, sit or walk
    . My mom did not say a word when left from home on the third day and returned with a few leaves from tue hibiscus plant. She smashed the leaves adding a pinch of rock salt until it was sticky. I applied it myself, covering it with cotton and a tied it with a cloth. Left it on tus whole night. The next morning. ….. surprisingly the abscess was so delicate and soft a ever. It broke out and all the pus began draining. Unfortunately the skin also ruptured. It was bad luck that the seed didn’t come out. So had to apply this miracle paste again. … hut this time it was very sore since the wound was open. Left it for 8 hours now and im about to try pressing it again. Once done im gonna apply some neosporin powder. Take care people.

    • Rak
    Reply

    When i was in primary school i often get boils one after the other through out the year…i assumed this must be due to my diet. I used to eat alot of meat and drink less water. I became a vegeterian in class 5 and magically got no more boils. I guess change in diet must have made the difference especially with more greens and fruits. Now i have completed university and am working as a biology teacher. I began eating fish. For the past few weeks stress in work has affect my eating pattern… my diet consisted of fried fish (high protein) and less fruits/greens and even less water. No time to prepare a good healthy meal. Guess what? I got another boil 6 days ago since primary school. The boil on my chin was very painful causing fever. I took antibiotics for two days and had to stop because it was healing the boil making it harder instead of become soft so pus can be drawn out quickly for healing to take place. So i quit antibiotics and went to pharmacy and bought Ichthammol Ointment 25%. Applying it on my boil helped draw out part of the pus in the boil where its soft…its now 6th day and yet the other part of the boil is still hard.. though less painful. Need advice to soften the boil to speed up drawing of the pus so i can go back to class. Shall i continue applying the Ointment? I am thinking of using aloe vera as one suggested. Any advice on how to soften the boil so i could apply the Ointment to complete drawing the pus.

      • robin
      Reply

      Take baths as hot as you can stand the water a few times a day. Sometimes if its already hardened into a ball you may have to put an ice cube on it to help numb the area and just squeeze it until it pops through.

        • Amanda
        Reply

        NEVER squeeze a boil! You don’t want that infection getting into your bloodstream!

          • Ashley
          Reply

          I think I may have accidentally popped a boil on my buttocks today. I couldn’t see it and I just assumed it was a pimple but it hurt all day and I couldn’t sit right so I sat down and popped it. I felt instant relief but I wouldn’t have touched it had I known it was a boil. It was hard and brown smelly puss came out as well a small white clump which I believe was the core

      • Ragul
      Reply

      you can apply ichthammol ointment and apply heat compression (you can use boiled hot rice packed up in a cotton cloth). boils will appear again and again if your immune system is weak. drink more water and fresh juices (oranges and watermelon). try to keep your body cool. sleep well and don’t sit in front of computer and TV. take proper antibiotics. keep the affected area and your surroundings clean.

    • Nicole
    Reply

    I get boils on my face monthly. This month I got three. I appreciate the advice and am really excited to try some of the above ideas. Also the daily vitamins to see if they help not get them to begin with. It’s hard to do any treatment on my face numerous times a day, and I have to wear makeup to cover them because I work with the public and they aren’t attractive. I hope that this information is helpful. Will report back. I have also had to have a couple lanced open at a doctors office and it is the most painful thing I have ever experienced. Hoping to never have to do that again.

    • Taylor
    Reply

    I am 17 now but have struggled with boils for almost a year and a half, I have atleast 3 a month. Doctors have given me every anti-biotic they can and I’ve been to a herbalist to try the natural route. Its perhaps the most painfull thing I have every experienced… I really hope these tips work, will start trying them imediately (have 3 boils at the moment)….

      • julia
      Reply

      I suffered with boils and it sounds like you may have hydradanitis supparativa. It can be treated with a long term low dose antibiotic like the ones used for acne, also a topical lotion and an antibacterial soap. It can take a while to take effect but it is well worth it when it does. I have my life back. There is not a cure but this helps manage it. It s worth asking your doctor or looking it up on internet. Hope this helps. 🙂

        • Cindy
        Reply

        M my mother has hydrodanitis sup. And she always gets these terrible boils.. antibiotics don’t do much breaks my heart to see her in that amount of pain

        • EBONIE GABRIEL
        Reply

        I have HS and on Humera and it helps but still get boils and that sucks! On here now looking for Remedies lol

          • Lilac
          Reply

          I have had boils all my life and I have had several of them lanced. It had become a natural thing for me to go and get one or two lanced. I have several scars under my arm and I cannot shave, because it never fails. If I shave a few days later I’m back in the emergency room . It is so very painful and I have gotten immune to the pain. I take the lancing like a champ. I have learned how to catch them now before they get so infected where I could become septic. I use the yoke from the egg. I soak it in a cotton ball and put directly under my arm and put a big bandage or gauge over it. Usually by morning the pain has subsided and it has come to a head and starts to drain. Also deodorants and antiperspirants can cause you to get the boils underarms also. Hope that this was helpful to you all.

      • Kathy
      Reply

      My daughter also tried tumaric, which is a spice you can buy in any supermarket, or you can also buy it in capsules, which is a little pricey. It took them away in a couple days, and she has not had a problem since. Works like a charm!

        • John
        Reply

        What an excellent example of how superstitions get formed! Since boils go away in a couple days on their own, anything your daughter bought would have “workes like a charm”, including nothing at all!

          • Country
          Reply

          John,
          Not ALL boils “go away in a couple days on their own.” Some take longer and are sometimes located in a “debilitating” place. These are helpful tips to speed the process along. Don’t bother with them, if you don’t need them. 🙂

            • Chan

            I had a boil one time in my life in Vietnam it was on the inside of my thigh man did it hurt took my Kant knife and lanced it and kept putting vassline on it finally healed up never had any more

    • Michelle
    Reply

    Can I use regular aloe vera from a bottle? I get these horrible boils all the time and the one I have now is the size of a softball but there are no red streaks so I am trying to avoid that and get this taken care of the easy way. I have had a couple lanced and that hurts so bad I don’t want to do it again! Please help!

    • vicki
    Reply

    I’ve just tried the aloe vera treatment mentioned above. Had the plant (gel part) on boil covered with a plaster overnight. Just took it off now, and cleaned off with antiseptic bath, and amazingly it all came out – no pain whatsoever. Thanks for the advice 🙂

    • rob p
    Reply

    The spice Tumeric is incredibly effective on boils and all sorts of skin infections, in addition to a vast array of well documented and researched positive effects on the body. Google “tumeric Health Benefits” and see. I take 800mg twice a day and have been amazed at its impact on my health.

    • chris
    Reply

    Tea tree oil works well had to little bumps on thigh that turned to boil applying mediacated body powder they went away but 2 weeks later they were back big and painful now after applied tea tree oil NP pain they r getting smaller already

      • sheena
      Reply

      I agree tea tree oil does work with relieving the pain instantly

    • jennifer
    Reply

    I keep getting boils on my scalp. This latest one is pushing on a nerve rather than my dr lancing it to releive the pressure she gave me pain pills which are no help. what is the fastest way to get relief? I have tried almost everything including prid’s and boil ease

      • roselyn
      Reply

      I once had one on the base of my scalp that got so infected that the swelling went into my jaw and neck. After antibiotics got the swelling down a surgeon had to cut and remove the infection. Now if I feel one coming on I rinse my scalp with Brags Apple Cider Vinegar must have ‘the mother . It makes my hair super shiney too 🙂

    • leandra
    Reply

    Can Boils Be Hereditary?

      • Sugarpie80
      Reply

      Yes, my mom gets them, my brother gets them and right now I am fighting them! Usually I use a soap called “Yardleys”.. but i only use the almond kind, it helps dry them up and if they are really bad it will bring them to a head so you can drain them.

        • jennifer
        Reply

        helo where can you get this soap at? any store? iget them all the time and in the most painful and embarrassing. i have one under breast again,the first time i got it there it became the size of a golf ball it finally drained on its own. but this just started. the pain is uncomfortable as of nowbut i dont want it to swell. any advice id really appreciate it thanks.

        • Gotti
        Reply

        How did u use the soap

          • maza
          Reply

          These things are terrible!

    • Karen Meates
    Reply

    My doctor was gobsmacked when I told him that I take Silica tablets when I first feel a boil forming. Take one tablet 3 times a day. If you get on top of it early enough you only need to take the tabs for 1-3 days. My Doc reckons if it works, use it. It has always worked for me.

      • Jill
      Reply

      Hi Karen do you mean the homeopathic remedy Silicia or is it the dry herb encapsulated? Just wondering because I know that for a certain stage of a boil the homeopathic remedy is indicated as helpful, but have bot heard of any references to ingesting the the plant itself. Thanks for clarifying.

    • Adri
    Reply

    I have a boil on my foot and it friggin hurts so badly.. I can’t even walk because I would have to step on it. boils are sooo painful.. I had it for a week now and it is so big (so nasty). I have it under my foot and the skin is thick there so its under my skin and I can’t squeeze it out since its under.. I went to the doctor this thursday and when he pressed it I thought I was going to die.. I bought this cream that he recomended and advil so the pain wouldn’t be that bad. I apply the cream 3 times a day and put my foot in water and salt for 20 minutes 2/3 times a day. Its not going away and I want it to go away. 🙁 IT IS SOOO PAINFUL

      • Angel
      Reply

      sounds more like a wart which are very painful. Apply ACV after a hot foot wash and soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply with a bandaid or duct tape and leave on overnight and clean wll in the am. Now I won’t lie. This will feel like someone is stabbing you in the foot the first night or two but mine were gone in 3 days.

    • chris
    Reply

    Castor oil and a warm compress.

      • carol
      Reply

      Definitley the castor oil and compresses has helped me more than anything, I’m now beginning an antibiotic. I’m 55 and this is my first ever boil!! This is horrible and so painful. cried many tears this week.so miserable.

      • Nicole Maloney
      Reply

      Tea Tree Oil also helps decrease inflammation and a well balanced diet to make sure this doesn’t reoccur.

    • mylady
    Reply

    I have been there and thought I would never make it. I had to go into emergency room because it was on my breast over a weekend. But I have since found if you get one as I do (dr said hair growing back into itself) like once ever few years place VICKS on it and the heat from it will draw, and make it to a head and then heat up a glass pop bottle and it will pull it right out. Heal up and leave no scar!

      • kandace barnett
      Reply

      Does Vicks really help boils

        • Cazza
        Reply

        I have a boil in my groin which keeps coming and going but doesn’t come to a head, even though it looks like it is about to. This time it was bigger and sorer than ever, but as usual didn’t come to a head properly. I put Vick Vapour rub on it and the following morning it had burst and was draining. It may have been a coincidence but it seemed to do the trick. Must add though that the skin wasn’t broken, I wouldn’t think it would be a good thing to do if it was. But I was pretty desparate!

    • Kate
    Reply

    I have been plagued by these my whole life! My Naturopath told me to regularly take a garlic product to keep them at bay; studies show it will kill staph. Just had about five in a row pop up and took more concentrated “AlliUltra” (instead of AlliMax) and they are almost gone, with no drainage after 5 days. Research shows you need 1080 mg of allicin, the active ingredient daily to combat and destroy the staph.

      • Tipnut
      Reply

      I think that’s good advice Kate. One thing I didn’t get into above was why some people are prone to getting them. It seems there’s a deficiency of some sort (nutrients). I’ve read over and over again to eat lots of garlic (the garlic oil I linked to above is also recommended to take daily).

        • Kelly
        Reply

        I actually have a boil now in the crease of my leg. I have been getting these since I was 18. I got pregnant with my son and got one and now I get them every month or every couple of months. I love garlic so I will try this. Hope it works

          • Michelle Levin
          Reply

          Have you considered you may have Hidradenitis Supportiva(HS)…I Have it and hormones are the #1 trigger for a flare. It’s awful, I’ve had it for 20 years, since right after I had my daughter.

    • Genoveva Barbosa
    Reply

    My husband used to get these quite frequently when we first married (3-4 a year). We were told to apply Aloe Vera. Take the leaf place on a skillet to heat and get the juice flowing(low heat, turning frequently). Apply to boil cover with a bandage. After using this the next two times he had a boil we have never had to use again. And I’m talking about a 20 yr. time period.

      • Genoveva Barbosa
      Reply

      I’m sorry I forgot to say…. After heating cut a slit down the side/length of the leaf, then apply to boil and cover with a bandage.

        • Sonia
        Reply

        The aloe Vera gel works like a charm. I cleaned the small boil and applied the gel 4 times. It ripened and turned into a blister then popped itself. I just
        needed to clean it out and bandage it.

      • Tipnut
      Reply

      Excellent tip Genoveva, thanks for sharing that! I have something about aloe in my notes too by couldn’t find it. That’s why I have this blog, get everything online on one page and have it searchable…I’m too disorganized with my notes offline! lol

    • Jeepinls
    Reply

    I have never heard of Ichthammol Ointment. Maybe it is a regional only brand, I will look for it before needing it. The salve I am most familiar is called Prid, it is also behind the counter most of the time.It is rather thick and gooey, dark brown in color, works great. It is not especially expensive, less than $5. I suspect the stores prefer you go to the doctor, so you will have an expensive prescription to fill….=)

      • Gwen
      Reply

      Prid is the same thing as Ichthammol Ointment….I have tired both….I think my boils are resistant to them, lol….I have a prescription I got from the doctor, expensive, but very effective. I get boils at least once a month along with my menstrual cycle 🙁

        • Annie
        Reply

        Hi,

        Would love to know if it worked

          • sheena
          Reply

          I’m about to have mine lanced as well I tried the ichtathammol unfortunately it didn’t work for me but the tea tree oil helped with the pain

        • Kay
        Reply

        I have used Ichthammol for years. (I am 76) The trouble this time it is on my face and I’ve broken the skin trying to get it out. It says not to use on broken skin. This is on my upper lip, Gosh, it looks awful and we havew a special event coming up. I feel like Im walking around with one huge boil on my face and my lips are all swollen.

          • Betty
          Reply

          I had one lanced in emergency room. It never completely went away. I went to my doctor and he had me put a hot compress on it several times a day. It cleared up. He said they had found that those should never be lanced. Have had a couple more and did the hot compress and they dried up on their own.

        • Dee
        Reply

        Me to and I hate it! Once my cycle comes on I can feel the little bump under my skin forming 😩

      • Janie
      Reply

      It is also called black salve. Used on cow teets when sore its mentholated. I’m from the U.S.

      • Carol
      Reply

      I recently had a boil on my waistline & used Prid & warm/hot compresses. After several days it did come to a head & drain. Seemed to work well for me.

      • Bobbie Ann Stimac
      Reply

      What do you put on a boil that keeps bleeding? I have been using Neosporin on a bandage. Still bleeding, especially if you put pressure on it. Like sitting.

    • Donna
    Reply

    The Ichthammol Ointment has been around for years and in the past was called drawing suave. It is the best and works for many things. If you have a splinter just put a dab on band-aid it up and overnight, wa-la not splinter. Very good stuff!

      • big will
      Reply

      Take a cotton ball soak it with witch hazel and Keep it on all night then it will be head the next day

        • bigwill
        Reply

        Come to a head

          • Kristy
          Reply

          The epsom salt and vasaline helped so much but unfortunately a smaller one has appeared in the same spot inside my but crack by my tailbone I’m currently sitting with the mixture on it fingers crossed it works again cause it is a sensitive area’s

        • Lauri Hamilton
        Reply

        First 3 days I did the hot compress, Witch Hazel soaked pad for 3 days did nothing. Went to doctor for antibiotics and now there is an infected painful “tear” but no relief. I can’t find any Ichthammol. I am in such agony. This thing is going to get a name soon. What do you name a one eyed monster?

          • Nene Bryant
          Reply

          What if u had surgery on one already and it comes back in the same spot wit nowhere to drain from what do u do?

          • Dee
          Reply

          My brother named mine “Fester”. Fester has been around for almost a few years now.

          • Lauren Youngblood
          Reply

          Most of you probably have hidradenitis supprativa like me. I’m having a difficult time make it come to a head. I usually don’t but today i do.

      • Colette
      Reply

      I was excited about the black ointment too and it did work. But the huge warning is it’s dangerous and destroys healthy tissue and leaves bad scarring. So I threw mine out as per my nuse daughter’s advice. . Read up on it before using anymore… I’ve suffered 15 years and the fastest safest way to deal with these friction area highly painful boils is to soak in hot Epson bath. They come to head fast and drain

      • Colette
      Reply

      I was excited about the black ointment too and it did work. But the huge warning is it’s dangerous and destroys healthy tissue and leaves bad scarring. So I threw mine out as per my nurse daughter’s advice. . Read up on it before using anymore… I’ve suffered 15 years and the fastest safest way to deal with these friction area highly painful boils is to soak in hot Epson bath. They come to head fast and drain

    • Cathlin
    Reply

    There is an ointment called Ichthammol Ointment available at pharmacies, usually behind the counter (but no prescription is required) that will bring boils to a head. It is relatively inexpensive (I know I paid less than $10 for a 1 oz tube). It smells like tar but it is effective.

      • Deb
      Reply

      I remember my mom using on me when I was little and had got 2 in different times. We also called Black Salve. I still use it on little infections, etc. I had got a boil a few years back and a friend had some to give me from a pharmacy she worked at. Worked great but the boil came back in the exact same spot. I then took some antibiotics with it this time and never saw another!!

      • gloria
      Reply

      Your right. It does work. Some people call it black salve. I had one and it helped. It draws out the pus and gets the seed out. If you get the seed out it goes away. Might come back later.

        • Maxi Poo Poo
        Reply

        It will not come back if you get the seed out. That’s why it grows back because so many find comfort in the draining process that they forget to get it all out and the seed…which keeps it alive.

          • Cathy D
          Reply

          I’ve had an abscess or something on the top of my arm. I have used prid over a week now and nothing. It’s getting harder and very painful. What do I try next from the sound of it lancing and

          Dr’s are out of the question. And I am type 2.

      • Frances
      Reply

      Hi, I hope you can help meeeee. I have recurring Boil but i don’t think it drains fully everytime it pops. Now I have one again and it already poped. I’m planing to buy Ichthammol. Should I put it directly in the middle of the boil or just around? Also how often I should apply it? I would really appreciate to hear your advice.

        • dm
        Reply

        if it hasn’t opened. warm a piece of fastback or fatty bacon cover and apply heating pad overnight. once it starts to drain Epsom salt bath 20 mins push down dont squeeze when it’s drained put black salve or Vaseline to keep it open more will drain out. here is hard part it will have a core people call seed. more importantly it has a sack. the sack has to come out Drs will get a sawb in there and stir it up so it comes out otherwise it will return sooner or later

      • anonymous
      Reply

      i’ve had a boil on my labia for the past week and it has began to get bigger and it is painful. does anyone have an remedies?

    • Mom of 4
    Reply

    Had a boil that turned into two side by side. tried the warm compress, but it did not help. Went to the doctor who told me that she had to cut it open to get the stuff out. Then proceeded to stick a needle in the center of the boil to numb the area. She did not numb the area with anything before sticking the needle in. Boils are very painful, but a needle stuck in it is HORRIBLE. Not only that but the numbing did not take the first time so she had to stick the needle in each one a second time. I will try some of these other things like the tomato or lemon juice if I ever get another one. (which I hope I never do.)

      • Tipnut
      Reply

      I’m about ready to pass out just reading what you went through!

        • Alyssa
        Reply

        I went through the same exact thing. The pain from that needle was absolutely horrid. I NEVER want to go through that again. Unfortunatly, I have developed another boil. Same exact spot. It was huge before, so some of the infection must’ve still been in there. Thank God its coming to a head this time and will hopefully just drain at home. Just thinking about the pain from that needle makes my skin crawl.

          • Addison
          Reply

          I had one under my arm (in arm pit) came to head popped and drained …
          Now not even a week later it is 3/4 large ones … they hurt so bad and they burn sometimes … kind of hoping that one of these ideas helps me at least a little somehow because the pain is almost too much to handle … wish me luck i can get these out the way at home because i absolutely hate doctors and hospitals….
          #FINGERSCROSSED

            • Dennis Eichler

            Unfortunately have UC and over the course of 3 years I have had 5 on my right buttocks. The first 3 I had to have surgery because I developed sepsis, boil number 4 drained by itself— or so I thought. Woke up this morning with a Robin sized boil in the same exact spot as the previous 4. Ugh, im blownnnn

            • Cheryl

            They have creams at the pharmacy called drawing salve. The best if you can find is called black salve for drawing out a boil

            • Lynn

            hi addison, just wondering if this armpit horror resolved itself.

            • Hhhhh

            Addison you probably have something called hidradenitis suppuritiva

          • Andre LaRue
          Reply

          From Russian in Asia Simply use a red onion keep it clean with Vodka it will heal Andre

          • Somers
          Reply

          The needle is not that bad. Buck up. And yes, I’ve had multiple of abscesses lanced and drained. I do it at home with an exacto knife sometimes

      • Cathy
      Reply

      That is awful. I used to get boils a lot and a lump of bread in very hot water then on to the boil does it for me every time. I keep applying until my little bowl of water is not longer hot. It can take a couple of days treating the boil 3 times a day. I have found if the doctor intervenes the boils come back in the same spot.

        • Abby
        Reply

        Hi ive been getting this boils 5 times now , 2 months ago i drained it at the hospital , i dont have money to pay it again. Please if u maybe have something that can help. I have a boil on my bottocks i cant walk , sleep or sit without hurting myself. Any ideas will help. I tried the onion it doesnt work.
        Thanks

          • Desi
          Reply

          I have had one on my buttocks as well .. I got a piece of bread. I pored some
          Milk on it. Then I placed it on the boil wth a plastic bag covering it . I taped it on.
          I left it on for about an hour or longer till it dries and it came to a head. I also laid in
          A hot bath for as long as I could 30min and they came to a head.

            • sam

            I had them any times ingrown hairs are the cause of mine I found my grandmother old wifes tales work fine just painful rember thou when you bust the boil to clean the area and your hands as the pus can make boils in other places and see dr to get tablets to make sure you got the bug out infection good luck the pains less than if leave it I think ouch

            • Janey

            Prid is a good drawing salve, it comes in a small orange box. If you don’t see it as the pharmacy. It usually stops pain in a couple hours. It draws well too, along with hot towel. After it starts draining, clean the area with bleach water to stop the spread of infection.

          • jojo
          Reply

          Hi abby i know exactly what you’re going through. Get epson salt , grind it in a napkin with a bottle or any object that you can find to grind it. Get Vaseline and mix them both together until it look like a paste.put the paste on a gauze and put it on the boil or abcess. The epson salt will draw the pus to a head and drain it . Ive drained about 3 abscesses this way , hope it works for you

            • Kai Dakota Forsberg

            Jojo you literally saved my life I have been dealing with excruciating pain for the past few days to the point I thought I was gonna die the Boil had gotten to the size of a pool table ball and I was just very very much in a bad space listening to other people’s remedies and a just seemed to make it even worse. Yours is by far the best and so much relief thank you so so much I’m crying typing this message to you I am just so grateful thank you so much you are a godsend

            • Annalise

            WHEN NOTHING ELSE WORKS.. Take one TEASPOON of CREAM OF TARTAR and mix with one glass of water or dissolve in a cup of tea (add honey for flavor) and drink ONCE A DAY (no more than once a day no matter how bad the boil) for a week. You can also do this as soon as you feel one coming on. This and also using OREGANO OIL topically has changed my life. I found this in an old folk medicine book and the first time ingesting cream of tartar my huge boil was half the size by the next day. My body was healing it from the inside out! The oregano oil burns for a little bit, and definitely don’t use near any sensitive areas but it helps being out to a head and also heals the boil rapidly if it bursts with NO SCARRING! I sometimes mix mine with a carrier oil such as castor oil which is also a wonderful medicinal product. I hope this helps and else as much as it has for me 💕

            • Deb M

            I had a massive one on my butt had the doctor intervene and within a month another one returned in the same area. It was the most traumatic medical experience I have ever had. It’s terrible to say the least but unless it becomes severely infected, I won’t be dealing with the doctors needle. I use warm compress and baking soda which helps.

            • jaypee

            I tried this method as well, 2 days ago. it worked! How did you treat the wound after?

            • Tyra

            How fast did you see results?

            • Abigail

            First time getting an abscess…what helps to fester it up?? Help

            • Vee

            Hi! How long do I have to leave the vaseline and epsom salt paste on? Can I leave it overnight on the gauze? I have s bad boil on my inner thigh and another just came up on the opposite side.

            • OG Blacc

            Do it burn

            • Neya

            Thanks I’m try this!

          • Linda
          Reply

          An old fashioned remedy is ichthammol ointment, its a drawing salve….doubtful if you will see it on the pharmacy shelf, but some pharmacies will keep a few tubes behind the counter if you ask. You can also order it online.

            • melissa

            I swear by Ichthammol, my husband has one it got so big and so painful. Put some “black salve” on a band aid and cover overnight by morning it will have a head on it or have drawn it all out. My son had one on his butt we did that and the morning we took band aid off all that nasty stuff came right with the bandaid. My husband was not so lucky he has a head on his but hasn’t popped and drained yet. Another night of black salve tonight should do the trick though. You can usually find it a place that sells organic or homeopathic medicine.

            • Christopher

            Ichthammol or Black salve ointment works great for boils it just takes a few days. Its great stuff and i have found it at my local Walgreens. It doesnt smell very good, its got a very oily, petroleum based smell but it will do the job.

          • Tish
          Reply

          Try Ichthammol Ointment. It will draw out the infection and dry up the boil quick!

            • Kimberly

            I swear by that stuff!! Ichthammol ointment has rescued me from pain from a boil in the past. I have one on my fore arm right now, a little smaller than the size of a golf ball. Its been there for a few days now, not quite a week but I’m going to go crazy wearing long sleeves all the time!!

          • Christine
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          You should cut a slice of onion. Put a pad around the area and sleep with the onion on it over night. It will bring it to a head and bust it.

            • Teresa

            My reoccurring boil is in my ear, barely inside the ear. I’m going to try the onion.

          • Josh
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          I had one on my tailbone. The doctor called it a pilonidal cyst. It was very painful. I ended up going and having it drained with no numbing medication. I almost punched the doctor in the face because it hurts so bad. About a month later I had to have surgery to have the cyst removed. I had gotten that same abscess about five times. Every time it would drain on its own, the cyst tissue would get bigger. I would keep an eye on that.

            • Lana Ryland

            Th pilonidal cyst forms inside a cavity much like a grapeskin. If the grapeskin is not removed, the cyst will return.

          • Beth
          Reply

          What causes the boils to keep coming back

          • Tammy
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          I’m not sure if you still have this problem but you did say that it’s continuous. I have one right now and what I did was I applied the warm cloth as hot as I could take it repeatedly then I took a hot shower and cuffed it with my hand that way the hot water could seep through because you don’t want the pressure of the water hitting it. After about the third day I noticed that I didn’t like the way it felt when my skin (inner thigh) rubbed against my the boil so when I put the underwear on and I sat down I felt a sting and then it burst. I know for sure the hot compress did take affect. I think it thinned the skin of the boil, in which made it pop and I was subscribed medication to keep it from being infected. I hope that works but the warm compress is very important Oh!! I forgot I think this helped too because this all happened within that same hour that it popped. I took a tablespoon of black seed oil and that also helped with the inflammation.

          • Denice
          Reply

          How can get rid of the boils

          • Somers
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          Cut it open and drain it yourself. Use a new exacto knife or razor blade. Use a warm compress for 20 minutes to soften skin and get blood flow in the area then use pressure and you will almost feel a pop when the blade makes a hole. It doesn’t hurt like you think because the blade goes into the pocket of pus and not flesh underneath. Then you can drain in your own and will feel 100% better once you get it opened and draining.

        • Antoinette Robinson
        Reply

        What about in your scalp

          • satreda
          Reply

          I get boils all over. Literally. I’ve had 3 in my scalp already. I usually go to the emergency room for those. I have the give me strong pain medication for they do ANYTHING. Their numbing medication never works to me. I can not tolerate pain whatsoever. Then they cut them open and pack them.

            • Shannon

            Just to let u know as well as anyone who may read this. I was a nurse for 25 yrs and assisted the Dr many times to excise boils. The areas that has a bill or the bill itself cannot be numbed. That’s because it is infected. Lidocaine cannot numb any area that is infected. So if u r getting it cut open, I would save myself the pain of being stuck with a needle plus the medicine that is infected BURNS LIKE MAD!!

      • chinna
      Reply

      wash hands before and after clean site using iodine or hydrogen peroxide apply ointment cover with clean bandage

      There is an ointment called Ichthammol this Ointment is available at pharmacies, usually behind the counter (but no prescription is required) that will help to bring the boils to a head. Also known as draw out slave ,drawing out slave or iblack slave also sold on amazon or eBay make sure MUST CONTAIN at least 20℅ Ichthammol

      NOTE:

        • Maxi Poo Poo
        Reply

        I will try this. I am hearing a lot about it and nothing but good QUICK results. I have a fistula that will need to be surgically taken care of on my butt that keeps them coming back and also currently a carbuncle (I think thats what its called) but that is like 4 or 5 of them that have formed a larger one. It’s miserable to deal with. I use tea tree oil, turmeric shots, onion, Boil Ease, warm compress, hot baths (always softens it), everythingggggg but this one is consistently named as something that even makes the seed come out. Cant wait to try it and keep some around

          • Carbuncle
          Reply

          What is the stuff called i have the SAME situation and boy let me tell you it hurts so horridly.

      • Anonymous
      Reply

      I mixed honey and toothpaste together for my boil. Honey is an antibacterial so this works for me at least. After I mixed it, I put it on my boil and covered with a bandage. A few hours later it was draining. As of right now, I still currently have the boil because it is a big one, but I think it helps!!

      • Mickey
      Reply

      Once you have opened the boil and you want to make sure it doesn’t come back,
      You can get blackmores PCIP tablets they are what naturopaths use as antibiotics
      Crush 1 or 2 tablets and put in the opened boil it will sting as it a salt/ iron but it will
      kill the bacteria that is causing the boil

        • LaSonya Burrell
        Reply

        THANK YOU!! I’m trying this!!

        • Annette Verschaeve
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        Slippery Elm Bark(powderd). You can usually find at your local Co-op. Mix in as hot of water as you can stand to make a paste. Put on hot into boil. Let it sit as long as you can. Until dry if possible. Should see it form a head or open very soon. Repeat if necessary. This discovery has been a life saver.

      • Momo
      Reply

      Always use an onion and warm compress and very painful my doctor told me that i have to stop shaving that was the reason behind my boils but try the onion just slice it in half and pur it on the boil ive always used a yellow onion to by the way.and i know the feeling i can tolerate pain though the needle didnt bother me it waz the packing the doctor packed so much i had to go back to the er the same day to get it removed that was the worst pain ever felt like someone was stretching my boil.
      And that was from to much packing and my body healed so fast

      • Ty
      Reply

      I went through the same thing 2 times and I currently have another one they always stay gone for a while but they come back sometimes I dont know why or how. Imma try some of these tips and see if they work I’m too far along to make it go away I have to try and soften it and drain it myself. I’m in so much pain right now I can barley sleep or sit.

      • Heather
      Reply

      I have a carbunkle on the inside of my thigh it looks very nasty and hurts really bad I been taking a bath in apple cider vinegar and Epsom salt and it helps so so much and also I have been using tea tree oil during the day these 3 things r helping and it’s beginning to heal. So if u have a boil of any kind try those 3 things

        • Rabiba
        Reply

        Hi Heather,
        How much of the apple cider vinegar did you use for the baths?

          • David Mann
          Reply

          I have one on the back of my neck right in the middle have to look at it with a mirror , it’s just me and my. Dog and she wont lance it open, so I’m gonna get some Ichthammol and my switchblade and hope I can ger some relief 🙏

      • LaSonya Burrell
      Reply

      OMG!!! I’m currently nursing my THIRD one in 4 months & the thought of that made mine hurt..

      • Hillrey J Harmon
      Reply

      I was sent to a general surgeon for my groin abscess. He stuck a needle in mine as well. I’m not sure how many times because the pain was so bad I think I passed out. Never want to go through that again!!!

      • Somers
      Reply

      Man a little over the top here. It hurts but not that bad. And the immediate relief from the relief of pressure makes the pain tolerable

      • Mary Walsh
      Reply

      The Dr. Gave me a volume 2mg. Mind you im a 165lb women. The after just 15minutrs wiped with alchol he said was a swap of numbing bs. Then proceeded to cut he dug into it all along im screaming in pain. As he continued digging telling me and I quote this is deep. The nurse felt bad for me and stated to him she needs something for the pain. Which was ignored. He was horrible To this day I have a inch scar on my thigh that looks like a gunshot hole.. and after 33yrs I have another in the same area. Will do my best to to get it healed by myself. I still have the first one in my mind to go to hospital again. As saying goes get me once shame on you get me twice shame on me. Not going to happen twice.

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