Treat Boils Simply and Feel Better Fast

Simple and Fast.  Whether it’s your first, or your latest, that’s the goal for how to treat a boil.
If you are wondering why this red and extremely tender bump suddenly started to grow, that is actually a very good question.  It is hard to say for sure, but many sources believe that there is an underlying cause for boils that stems from a weakened immune system.  This could mean that you are in a temporary but intense period of exhaustion, stress, or have let your diet deteriorate.  It could also be that you have a more chronic condition that you are battling with medications that make it harder for your body to fight off infections.  People who are diabetic, on chemotherapy, or take corticosteroids often have to endure boils as well.  mortor and pestle
Boils typically appear on parts of the body that are difficult to keep clean or that rub together.  Armpits, genitals, buttocks and inner thighs are unfortunately where boils tend to appear.  Tight or dirty clothing, unclean razors, or insufficient bathing can create optimal conditions for bacteria to thrive.  If the skin is broken or scratched, even in a minor way, staff bacteria enters the body and can begin to multiply.  The body sends white blood cells to fight the bacterial infection, and that is what makes the white or yellow pus that eventually comes to a head on the skin surface and drains.
Once the boil starts to drain, caring for the wound becomes essential in order to prevent complications.  Until then, what can you do?

Tips For Gently Encouraging

the Boil to Drain


This is probably the worst part of having a boil because as the pain increases, so must your patience.  Waiting for the boil to drain on it’s own is very difficult sometimes, but trying to lance or squeeze it can force the bacteria further below the surface and make healing uncertain and scarring more likely.  So, the next step is how to treat a boil at home to reduce the pain.

  • Many doctors will recommend a warm soak or compress several times a day.  This heat helps tissue expand and relieves some of the discomfort caused by pressure.
  • Home remedies that may enhance the warm compresses include:  betel leaf, castor oil, onion or garlic juice, parsley, cumin seeds, or a paste of cream, vinegar and turmeric.
  • There are also some commercial products and salves that can help bring the boil to a head more quickly.
If the boil is stubborn, and continues to harden, expands or shows signs of infection after a week of home treatments, talk to your doctor.  A doctor can determine whether the boil is ready for lancing and if the infection is serious enough to warrant antibiotics.  Do not let an infection get out of hand.  For more details, visit

Once the Draining Begins


This is the part of the process that you can have more control over.  The healing will begin quickly now as long as you keep the wound extremely clean.  The bacteria in the drainage or pus can be passed to others, so be aware.

  • Always wash your hands before and after treating the wound.
  • Continue the warm compresses to keep the boil open.
  • Clean the wound with an antibacterial soap, and dress it with something like Neosporin
  • Change the bandage frequently, depending on the amount of discharge.
  • Keep the wound covered until the draining has stopped and the opening has scabbed.
  • Wash and dry all bedding and towels separately on the hottest settings.
  • Keep surfaces where you treat your boil sanitized to prevent contamination of other people.
  • Watch for the signs of infection.  Complications from poorly treated boils can be serious

Take Care of Yourself

Helping your boil heal quickly is one thing, but finding the cause of your reoccurring boils is your real task.  Think about ways you can bolster your immunity by taking better care of your body.  Get rest,  eat well, and find time for fun and relaxation.  Buy some better fitting clothes and new razors if you suspect those as possible culprits.  Do what you can to set your environment up for success, and never have to treat another boil.


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Boils: How Do You Spell Relief?

3 teepeesThere is overall agreement about what boils are and how uncomfortable they can be, but that seems to be where many boil sufferers part ways.  The time honored quest for how to get rid of a boil  continues.  There are a variety of strong opinions about what causes boils and which kinds of treatments work best for how to get rid of a boil.

Which camp are you in?


“Emergency   Room”

Do you rush to Urgent Care on a Sunday night demanding a doctor with a sharp sterile needle and a bottle of strong antibiotics?

That’s a reasonable approach if you have a boil that is not healing or you are experiencing fever, flu like symptoms, pain that won’t let you sleep, or see red streaks radiating from the site.

If you have a physical condition or take medication that makes it difficult for you to fight infections, then yes—you are in the right camp!

How to Get Rid of Boils? – How To Get Rid Of Stuff? – Yukozimo

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Camp “DIY”

When you discover a boil in its beginning stage, do you ride your bike to the market and pick up some onions, garlic, turmeric, and homeopathic spray for under your tongue?  Then, when you get back home, do you pull the heating pad out of the bathroom closet and run a warm bath?  You are ready to enjoy your tea and warm compresses, and wait it out.

If you are wise enough to act on a boil as soon as it appears, then home remedies are definitely a worthy course of treatment.  Mother Nature has some amazing healing properties.  Just know when a doctor visit is justified, and go.  Find more advise by clicking

However, if your version of DIY is to pop the boil yourself to hurry it along and avoid a doctor visit, that is highly discouraged.  It can accelerate and worsen the infection and cause the boil to spread.  The ensuing complications can be serious. Be patient.

Turmeric and Other Remedies for Painful Boils – skin|verse

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Camp “Let It Be”

I’m going to guess you’re a guy—is that so wrong of me?

You don’t want to show it to anybody, doctor visits and pills are expensive, and the darn thing is going to go away in 7 days if you do, or in a week if you don’t.  It doesn’t matter because boils go away on their own.

There is a degree of truth to this.  There is no guaranteed way to speed up the heal time of a boil.  Just look at it now and then and know when a doctor visit is justified, and go.

Sorry, there is no recommended reading for this camp :)


Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Boil sufferers may not agree on how to get rid of a boil, but the more they learn, the more options they will have. Whether you lean toward getting a doctor’s help, treating it at home, or ignoring it, consider trying a combination of approaches based on your situation for maximum benefit. In the meantime, we can offer you this:

“May all your boils be small!”



Don’t Mess With MRSA

Most of us are aware that patients in hospitals and nursing home residents can acquire a potentially deadly staff infection called MRSA (aka meticillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus).  Those four capital letters still strike fear into my heart because my mother battled it bravely for 18 months and eventually lost.  That was a little over eight years ago.  Her name was Nancy, by the way.  She still had great grandchildren to meet and years of love to give and receive.   She is one of those statistics that medical personnel write about in their MRCA articles:  Older, compromised immunity due to medications, and a surgery patient with open wounds.  Some kind and well meaning caregiver probably didn’t wash their hands before changing her bandage or catheter.
For most of us, hospitals and nursing homes are far removed from our daily lives, but there are surprisingly simple ways that the rest of us can get MRSA.  The good news is that if we are relatively healthy we can recover.  The bad news is that if we are relatively healthy we don’t tend to give infections their due respect, and let them go too far before we seek treatment.

How Do You


  • Living in a crowded environment like a barracks or dormitory
  • Using contaminated items and surfaces found in kitchens, bathrooms, and gyms
  • Inconsistent or poor hand washing habits
  • Frequent skin to skin contact in sports such as football, wrestling, and rugby
  • Untreated cuts or scrapes that can invite infection
  • Scratching insect bites or eczema enough to bleed
  • Lack of cleanliness:  limited access to cleaning facilities and supplies for populations without homes, campers, or active military
  • Previous or frequent use of antibiotics can cause ordinary bacteria to become resistant
  • Waiting too long to see the doctor about an infection

So, imagine a twelve year old baseball catcher who gets “cleated” on the elbow when another kid tries to slide home.  Two weeks later he’s in the emergency room with a raging infection and red streaks running up the arm.  Your three year old wouldn’t leave her mosquito bites alone and now they are oozing.   Or how about your friend who had a small scratch on the tip of her nostril that isn’t healing?  She wakes up in the middle of the night in horrible pain.   Another guy tried popping an embarrassing boil and forced the infection deeper under the skins surface where it could really grow into something scary.  None of them thought anything about their everyday wounds, and failed to take care of the initial infection.  For more answers to the question how do you get MRCA, click here.


Ways To Prevent MRCA

Staph is a bacterium that lives naturally on our skin, and especially in the nose and mouth.  It doesn’t typically pose a problem unless a break in the skin allows it into our bodies (the nose is also a common gateway) and even worse, into our bloodstreams.  Be conscientious about limiting infection whenever the skin is broken.  Our bodies can usually fight infection very well  if the surface of the wound is kept clean.   The following suggestions will help:

  • Treat all minor wounds quickly with well washed hands.
  • Wash and dress wounds with an antibacterial soap and ointment.
  • Cover wounds with sterile gauze or a band aid.  Change them frequently.
  • Never “pop” a bite, pimple or boil
  • Don’t pick at a scab
  • Always use clean towels and wash after one use.
  • The drainage or pus is infectious to others.  Wash hands after touching wounds.
  • Wash bedding and clothing with hot water and dry on the hottest or antibacterial dryer setting.
  • Keep contaminated laundry separate.
  • You can use an additive for your detergent that kills MRSA during outbreaks.
  • Always see a doctor if there is painful swelling and redness, fever, muscle aches, or lethargy.

Voice of Reason:

MRSA is real and it can take lives, but please take a look at this doctor’s reasonable discussion of MRCA.  You will hear why it is very unlikely that you have it now,  or ever will.  Especially if you are informed.

MRSA: The Googlechondriac learns about Super Bugs

http://nightcaptv.comTue, 25 Jun 2013 18:34:45 GMT

However, awareness is always a good thing.  How do you get MRSA, how do you prevent it, how do you recognize it, and how do you treat it are all important questions.  You really don’t want to mess with MRSA…just in case.

For more information go to



How To Tell If It’s a Boil

What Exactly Is a Boil?

A boil is usually little more than an accumulation of pus concentrated in a small pea sized area, usually involving a hair follicle.  The surrounding skin tissue is swollen, pinkish-red and tender for a few days until the pus begins to drain.

Pus is made up of white blood cells that travel to the site of the inflammation, and is actually your body’s way of trying to fight infection.  If you are wondering if you might have a boil,

view some pictures of boils.

As the boil develops, it gets bigger and more painful.  A head develops with a yellow or white center.  The growth can happen quickly or over a period of several days.  The average boil resolves in about a week if left alone.  Warm compresses can help speed the process, but it is important to allow the boil to drain when it is ready and keep the site extremely clean as it heals.  Lancing or squeezing can result in a worse infection and a doctor visit.

If you want to learn more about treatment and care of boils go to

Boil vs. Pimple

Boils and pimples are both raised red bumps, but there are a couple of clear differences.   Pimples are a result of a clogged hair follicle, but it is from an overproduction of oil, not a bacterial infection.  Pimples are also generally smaller and develop closer to the surface of the skin than boils do.

The other big difference between boils and pimples is their location.  Pimples are found on the face, neck, chest, and back where there are many oil glands.  Boils usually occur in the armpit, groin, thigh, and buttock areas, although they also sometimes appear on the face and neck.  Regardless of which is which, if a pimple or a boil becomes infected, it is treated very similarly.

What Causes Boils?

Boils seem to appear out of the blue, but there are often underlying physical reasons for them that are important to discover.  If there are health conditions that result in lowered immunity,  sickness, food allergies, chronic stress, acne, or severe dermatitis, boils can occur.

Environmental factors such a poor diet, not changing razor blades, plucking hairs, tight clothing, or poor cleanliness can also result in boils.  If you are experiencing more than one or two boils a year, you may want to look for ways to improve your overall health as the best path to become boil free.


Do You Need a Doctor?

There are indications to watch for that require a doctor:

1.  If you have treated your boil at home for a week, and there has been no change or improvement.

2.  If you see any pink streaks leading from the site of the boil.

3.  If you experience fever or severe pain.

4.  If you have a diabetic condition or are taking medication that suppresses your ability fight infection such as chemotherapy or corticosteroids.

5.  If the boils are spreading or joining together.

6.  If you get boils frequently.

Boils are not things that are easy to talk about or share with a doctor, but do not ignore the symptoms of infection and assume it will go away.  Waiting too long can lead to serious complications such as MRSA that are difficult to treat.


Things Men Need To Know About Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal has become a widespread grooming routine for millions of men and women in the United States and around the world.  It is easy to see why when the chore of plucking, waxing and shaving can be replaced by a fast, precise, and long term proven treatment that is approved by the FDA.  Laser hair removal for men has become especially popular recently because of time savings, accuracy, convenience and lasting results.  Most men may not admit it, but a clean and smooth chest, back and legs also show off an athletic form and get great attention!hair removal

Laser Basics

Beams of very concentrated  light are directed into the hair follicles. The pigment, or color of the follicle absorbs the strong light, and it destroys the hair.  The treatments are relatively fast.  An area the size of a quarter takes  approximately one second to treat.  An upper lip for a woman can take less than one minute, while an entire back or chest usually takes up to an hour.  Follow up treatments every six weeks or so are par for the course, along with an annual follow up.  There is typically 90% permanent, or long term hair removal after an average of 3 – 5 sessions.

Who Is a Good Candidate?

The best candidates have light skin with dark coarse hair.    However, there are some newly developed methods that show promise for dark hair with darker complexions.  The success of the treatment also depends a great deal on the skill of the technician and their consultation with you beforehand.  They will want to hear your concerns and examine the area in order to adjust the laser for your complexion, hair color and thickness, and body location.  Beards are a particularly challenging area, and usually require a minimum of 7 treatments for long term hair removal.

Laser hair removal has been shown to be 60 times faster, less painful and more reliable than electrolysis for those with fair skin and dark hair.  Laser hair removal is not as effective on blonde, red, grey, or white hair.  For those with very fine or light colored hair, electrolysis is a better choice.

Preparation For the Treatment

The laser technician will give you important instructions to follow that will insure your comfort, effectiveness of the procedure, and lesson the chance for complications.  Laser treatment works best if you limit plucking, waxing and electrolysis for six weeks prior to the procedure.  The laser targets the roots of the hair follicles, and if you have recently removed them through other methods, the laser will not work well.  Also, in order to make complications less likely, it is important to avoid exposure to the sun both six weeks prior and six weeks following  treatments.

The Process

Your hair will be trimmed to a few millimeters long.  Then you will be given eye protection and a gel or cooling device will be applied to your skin, which helps the laser light penetrate better.  There will be quick pulses of light and then following the lasers the technician will carefully observe you for several minutes to make sure the settings were effective and there were no bad or allergic reactions.

Afterward, you will be given an ice pack or cold water to ease the temporary discomfort, and then some anti-inflammatory creams or lotions.  You will have the symptoms of a sunburn for a day or two.  The hair will begin to fall out on its own in the next month.  Do not try to pluck or remove the hair yourself.  Use sunscreen without fail between treatments.  Expect to continue treatments until the hair completely stops growing.

Rare  side effects include swelling, redness, scarring, blisters and scars.  Permanent discoloration or scars are very rare.


It varies, of course.  The American Society of Plastic Surgeons say $235 per session.  It sounds high, but it is generally cheaper than repeated waxing or electrolysis.  The cost also varies depending on the part of the country you live in, the size of the hair removal area, the amount of time it takes, the number of treatments, and whether a doctor or a technician performs the procedure.

Can I Do It At Home?

The short answer is yes.  In nearly every state there are no laws regulating laser hair removal.  If you are looking at a large area for hair removal, have your first consultation and treatment done by a certified laser hair removal specialist so you know what to expect.  Following that initial visit, at home laser hair removal products will allow you to touch up and save money.  One home product that has received excellent reviews and feedback from professionals can be found at