Have you ever experienced a swelling happening on your face, neck, groin, buttocks, or even under your armpits? Chances are you might have a boil or a carbuncle. These two are types of skin infections where boils usually start when a hair follicle gets infected. Carbuncles, on the other hand, occur when there is an infection in several hair follicle within a small area. Usually, boils and carbuncles can disappear in a week or two but when there is fever and discomfort, you need to find a treatment and fast.
Fortunately, there are natural remedies available that can ease the swelling and relieve you of the discomfort that you are feeling. Here are some recommendations for you to try.
Turmeric. Turmeric is a staple in many Indian cuisine but it is also useful as a treatment for various diseases. For one thing, this spice has been found to reduce inflammation thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. What’s great about turmeric is that you can use it topically or internally for treating boils and carbuncles. You can apply it directly on the affected area and it will dry it up in just 4 days. It can also prevent it from recurring in the future. If you want to take this internally, just mix 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder in a cup of lukewarm water. Mix thoroughly then drink daily to help treat your skin problem.
Onions. Another possible home remedy for boils and carbuncles is onions. The antiseptic properties of onions can treat microbes or bacteria growing in your hair follicles. The onion basically heats up the boil so that the blood will flow to the affected area. Simply slice an onion and place it on the affected area. Cover it up with a clean cloth and change the onions every three hours or so. This treatment will make the boil come to head so you can drain it afterwards.
Warm compress. Warm compress is also a good treatment for boils and carbuncles because it can help speed up the healing process by softening the upper layer of your skin which will eventually lead to your boil bursting. Another plus to using warm compress is that can minimize the pain while drawing out the pus from the infected area. Add some salt to your warm compress so that the boil will heal faster. This treatment is best suited for boils that already have a prominent head. To use this treatment, make sure that you clean the infected area. You should add a teaspoon of salt to 2 liters of warm water and mix thoroughly until the salt dissolves. Wet a clean cloth in the solution and apply on the affected area. Leave it on until the cloth becomes cool. You should repeat this treatment 3 to 4 times in a day until the boil or carbuncle bursts.
These are just a few suggested treatemnts for boils and carbuncles that you can do on your own. The best thing about these remedies is that they won’t have any side effect when used.