Boils are the volcanoes of the human body. they pop up like Popocatepetl and erupt like Etna, cascade like Kilauea and leave a crater akin to Krakatoa (east of java). at no time are they as fine-looking as a Fugi. the hard biological facts of boil are these. Staphylococcus bacteria through a break in the skin and infect a blocked oil gland or hard follicicle. the body immune system send in a white blood cells to kill the invaders; the battle (inflammation) produces debris (pus). A pus filled abscess begin to grow beneath the skin surface., rising up red with pain. Sometimes the body reabsorbs the boil; other times the boils swells to an eruption, drain and subsides.
Boils are painful and unsightly. sometimes they leaves scars. occasionally they can be even dangerous. but for the most part, you can treat most of them safely at home. Here’s how.
1.Bring things to the head. A warm compress is the very best thing you can do for a boil. It will come to a head, drain, and heal a lot faster. At the first sign of a boil, place a compress it can be just a warm, wet washcloth over the boil for 20 to 30 minutes three or four times a day. change it a few times during each session to keep warm, it is not uncommon for this to take five to seven days until the boils breaks on its own.
2.Spend extra time in compress. It is important continue the warm compress for three days after boils open. you have to drain all that pus out of a tissue, you may also want to bandage it to keep it clean. but if its not critical a bandage is mainly to keep the drainage off your clothes.
3.Go on the attack. when the boil has come to pus-filled head, and if its a small boil with no sign of spreading an infection. its certainly acceptable to sterilize a needle with a flame and make a small nick in the head. its OK to squeeze it. Doctors often worry about squeezing can drive the infection deeper into the skin, thus spreading it through the lymph systems but in reality that rarely happens.
4.Use antiseptic if you want. It is not really neccessary to treat an open boil with antiseptic. it of almost no value, because the infection is localized, the important thing is to keep it draining. over the counter medicine antibiotic ointment like bacitracin sterile or neosperin as insurance against infection.
5.Lead staph to slaughter. If your’e prone to boils, you may be able to lessen their frequency, I don’t think you can prevent them, but you can clear your skin with an antiseptic soap like betadine, which will help keep the staph population down. another prevention tips. boils are usually cyst that have become infected monkeying with cyst is the surest way to get a boil. leave cysts alone, or let them excised by a doctor.
6.Don’t spread it around. When boil is draining, keep the skin around it clean. take a shower instead of bath to reduce the rare chance of spreading the infection to other part of the body. after treating a boil, wash your hands well before preparing food because staph bacteria can cause food poisoning.