Boils are infections that are usually the result of entry of Staphylococcus bacteria through broken skin.They are evidenced by a firm core of infection and mild to severe inflammation of the local skin area. Boils often appear in isolation and are called furuncles. Multiple furuncles are called carbuncles. While boils can happen to anyone, some people may be more susceptible. For example, people with compromised immunity of who are malnourished may be more vulnerable to boils. Boils may go away on their own eventually, but some may require more extensive treatment.Boils are also highly contagious, so its important to avoid touching the area or letting anyone else become exposed to the infection. One should be careful about boils on knee as it is on the joint.
Doctors treating boils may recommend using hot packs to increase circulation and a boil cream to bring the boil to a head. In addition, they may prescribe antibiotics. In the event of a severe boil or carbuncles, surgical intervention may be suggested. Boils may also be accompanied by fever or chills and a doctor may tell the patient to take a fever reducer.
Natural boil treatment may start with making some dietary changes. For instance, increasing fiber and intake of water may help detoxify the system. Avoiding other foods such as white bread and sugar may also be indicated. Foods rich in vitamin A and that are zinc enriched are healing to the skin. Squash, sweet potatoes are good sources of A and oysters and sunflower seeds are zinc filled. Vegetable juices may help eliminate harmful toxins. Good juices for this purpose include carrot and celery.
Garlic, golden seal, burdock and Echinacea are herbs that may bring some relief from an outbreak of boils. Tea tree oil may be useful placed directly on the boil. Other topical salves and treatments may reduce the duration of a boil infection. Turmeric and ginger made into a paste can be used as a drawing salve that will help bring the boil to a head and eventually breaks and drains.