Armpit Boils Treatment | Natural Home Remedies to Cure Underarm Boils

Cures for Armpit Boils

  • Armpit boils are caused due to inflammation of the hair follicles of the armpit. Due to improper hygiene there is infection of the sweat glands and hair follicles causing boils.
  • Boils are localized, tender, painful, inflamed and sometimes pus-filled when there is bacterial infection. In the pus filled boils there are chances of cellulitis. It is the inflammation of the skin tissue causing toxic effects. Fever is present when there is cellulitis.
  • Boils are usually due to bacterial infection by staphylococcus bacteria which enters the hair follicles causing boils.
    Most commonly this is the major cause. Some other factors are also present which may cause boils that are low vitality (immune-compromised state) and faulty diet and eating habits.

How to Prevent Boils on Armpit (Preventions Measures)

Drink plenty of water as it helps in removal of toxins from the body. Maintain self hygiene. Remove hair from armpits. Take a fresh air walk. Eat simple and well-balanced diet. Avoid alcohol, tobacco in any form and any substance which hamper the removal of toxic substance from the body and decreases the vitality.

Home Remedies to Treat Armpit Boils

  • Turmeric is a well known home remedy for many years.
    Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. In case of pus-filled boil turmeric roots are burnt and ash of it mixed with water. Apply this over the boil. This hastens pus-formation and opens the boil.
  • Betel leaves are very helpful in this condition. This is also an olden day’s remedy for boils. A leaf of betel is dipped in warm water for some time till it becomes soft. Castor oil is spread over it. This is then applied over the boils region. This preparation is changed every hour or so. This hastens ripening and ruptures of the boil.
  • Neem leaves are an effective home remedy in treating boils. This can be prepared by adding 15-20gm of leaves into half a liter of water. This is boiled till the preparation is reduced to 1/3rd of its original amount. This preparation is applied locally for treatment of boil.

Treatment and Home Remedies for Armpit Boils

While some people prefer to go to a doctor to have their underarm boils treated, you can actually get a bit of relief from these painful bumps in the comfort of your home with the use of some of these useful remedies:

  • Cornmeal can be used to help treat underarm boils. Simply create a paste out of boiling water and finely ground cornmeal. Cool down and apply like a poultice on the boil. This paste will dry out the boil due to the absorptive properties of the ingredients. Repeat the application every hour or so whenever the cornmeal paste dries out to draw out the fluids in the boil.
  • Who would have thought that bacon can be used for medicinal purposes? Use bacon to draw out the liquid of a painful underarm boil by salting a piece of bacon and placing it between a couple of pieces of cloth. Use this method to draw out the boil’s pus by continuously applying this bacon, salt, and cloth mix to the boil throughout the day.
  • Onions can also be used to treat boils found under your arms. Simply cut an onion in half and place the raw side on the boil and tie this securely with a piece of cloth or cloth bandage. Change the onion once every few hours until the pus in the boil drains itself out.
  • Milk is also useful for treating boils. Get a cup of heated milk and add 3 teaspoons of salt little by little, dissolving thoroughly after each addition. Simmer this mixture and add some flour to thicken. Use this thickened solution to your boil and refresh the application every thirty minutes.
  • Egg whites are also used as an age old remedy to boils. Simply hard-boil an egg or two and peel the egg and remove the yolk from the egg. Wet the remaining egg white and apply directly over the boil. Keep the egg white in place by tying it to the boil with the use of cloth or cloth bandages. Change every few hours until the pus drains itself from the boil.


  1. N said:

    I have struggled with boils for several years now. I am 19 and the scars are so embarrassing. I have 2 boils under each ARM pit now. I used to get them on my inner thighs now my armpits are affected too.

    February 2, 2012
  2. Deborah said:

    I had a boil in the armpit and it bursted recently. It is very painful. How can we quicken the healing process? What kind of treatment can reduce the pain?

    April 18, 2014
    • PUP said:

      Once the boil bursts, clean the pus, dead tissue and blood oozing out from the boil. Take a piece of clean cloth, preferably a sterilized gauze or cotton ball and clean it gently with Savlon or any other antiseptic liquid. Apply antibacterial cream on the area. You can also try with aloe vera gel if you prefer natural home remedies. Clean and dry the wound daily for few days. Than dress the wound alternating days once the boil starts to heal from inside.

      April 19, 2014
  3. Isabelle said:

    I’ve tried turmeric powder, onions but nothing seems to work on the boils. The boils are not ripening and they are very painfull. It has been since two weeks now,I can’t move my hand comfortably.

    June 24, 2015
    • PUP said:

      Apply warm compresses two times daily. It will hasten ripening of the boil. You can also try applying castor oil on the boils. It will draw out the pus right from inside of the boil. If all the measures fail, consult your doctor. After examining, he may prescribe antibiotics or may recommend incision and drainage of the boils.

      June 24, 2015
  4. CL said:

    How do you use warm compress and how you apply the castor oil?

    July 5, 2017
    • PUP said:

      Method for warm compress:
      • Fill a bowl with warm water. Remember the water must not be hot.
      • Take a piece of clean cloth. Put this cloth in the warm water.
      • Now ring it. The cloth must be damp and wet but must not be dripping.
      • Fold the cloth and place it over the affected area.
      • Keep it for sometime till it becomes cold.
      • Again repeat the same procedure. Doctor usually suggest warm compresses for 10 to 15 minutes and this must be repeated as recommended in a day as suggested by the doctor.
      How to apply castor oil over the boil:
      • Take one teaspoon of castor oil. Dip your finger in the oil.
      • Apply the oil directly on the armpit boil with your finger.
      • Apply the oil two to three times in a day.

      September 14, 2018

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