Boils are caused by bacterial infection in the skin especially around the hair follicles. The infected area of the skin becomes swollen and painful. As the infection progresses, pus may be present on the swollen area. Boil treatment may vary depending on the extent of the infection.
Note that although most types of boils will just go away after 5 to 7 days without any treatment, some type of boils become seriously infected that you may need medical attention and some antibiotics to deal with the problem. To help you deal with that watery lump on your skin, here are some tips for you.
Start With Simple Boil Treatment At Home
Very few boils become so infected that they need emergency medical attention. If you boil is not big and the pain is tolerable, simple boil treatment may work just find. Clean the surrounding area of the boil and apply warm compress for a few minutes. The warm compress will reduce the amount of swelling. You may use to oregano extract to treat the affected area after cleaning it.
Oregano extra has very strong antiseptic and antibacterial components so it can help kill bacteria when applied to minor skin infection. Aside from oregano extra, you may also use ginger juice for boil treatment. Like oregano, ginger has strong antibacterial properties.
To prevent irritating your skin further, take care not to rub or scratch the swollen area of your skin. Boil treatments will not work well for you if you keep rubbing and scratching your skin. Moreover, you should never prick your boil. Pricking your boil will only prolong the healing process. If pus appears on the irritated skin, do not prick the skin.
Just let the pus dry on its own. Remember that your body’s immune system can heal minor irritations and infections without any medical intervention so just let the boil be for a few days. Adopt a watchful waiting attitude and see how things turn out after a few days.
When Do Your Need Medical Boil Treatment?
You need medical boil treatment when your skin gets seriously infected that it hurts so much and you start running low grade fever. You also need medical attention if the infection is so widespread that it covers large areas of your skin. In cases like these, your doctor may prescribe you with antibiotics for as boil treatment. You will probably need to take antibiotics for a week or so to get rid of that severe skin infection.