A boil is a skin infection affecting the hair follicle or oil gland caused due to bacteria. It is also known as an abscess. Boils usually appear on thighs, buttocks, armpits, neck and face.

Causes of Boils

  • Staphylococcus is the causative bacteria for boils.
  • The bacteria may spread from infected person to you.
  • Poor personal hygiene.
  • Excess sweat during summer triggers bacterial growth.
  • Friction and irritation caused due to tight fitting thick clothes and harsh soaps.
  • Diabetes and skin problems like acne can precipitate boils.

Symptoms of Boils

  • A red bump initially hard to touch. Gradually increase in the size due to pus accumulation.
  • Mild fever.
  • Severe pain.
  • Swelling of nearby lymph nodes.
  • You can see the pus point after suppuration.

Management of Boils

  • You can apply the paste of neem leaves or neem powder with turmeric and cover with clean betel leaves to enhance the suppuration of the boil.
  • If the abscess is very large you may need to undergo pus drainage, followed by administration of antibiotics.
  • Keep a warm compress on the boil. It fastens the suppuration and helps in easy drainage of pus.
  • Do proper wound debridement.
  • Do not attempt to squeeze the boil.
  • Wash your hands with soap after handling boils.
  • Once the pus drains out, you can wash your wound with Triphala kashayam or panchavalkala kashaya daily.
  • Internally, Thiktaka Khasayam, Panchatiktaaka Khasayam, Manjistha, Neem tablets, Triphala, Amrutadi guggulu, Triphala guggulu, etc can be taken.

Prevention of Boils

  • If you sweat more, take a shower twice daily and use good antibacterial soap.
  • You can boil few neem leaves and turmeric in water and use for bathing.
  • Wear loose fitting, cotton cloths.
  • Include more fruits in your diet.
  • Avoid curds and drink buttermilk.
  • Minimise the intake of spicy, sour and fermented foods.
  • Make sure to include turmeric, coriander seeds, jeera, ginger and garlic in your cooking.
  • You can take a cold infusion of sariva, dhanyaka, manjistha or Triphala.
  • Avoid sharing others razor, towels, bed spread, etc.
  • Wash your hands well with soap after coming home.