5 Quick Ways to Get Rid of Boils On Skin ⏰

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Hey guys, this is your family online doctor, Dr. Sam.

Now, have you developed a boil

and wondered what causes them?

How you should treat a boil and

are they contagious?

If so, in this video I'm going to explain to you:

how to get rid of boils and

how to prevent them from coming back.

So keep watching!

Firstly, what is a boil?

Simply, it's an infection of a hair follicle,

which is usually caused by a bacteria

known as Staphylococcus aureus.

Here are some pictures of what boils

look like on the skin.

So what causes boils?

People who get boils are otherwise healthy

and have good personal hygiene,

but they carry a bacteria on their skin

called Staphlococcus aureus.

We don't know why this happens,

but these people carry it under their armpits,

in their nostrils, between their legs

and inbetween their buttocks.

And this can be transferred to other

sites via their fingernails.

Tiny grazes or sometimes rubbing against the skin,

can make the bacteria go into the hair follicle

and cause a boil.

Boils tend to last for 10 days.

Boils are sometimes related to immune deficiencies,

anemia, smoking, diabetes and low iron.

So are boils contagious?

No, the boils aren't catchy themselves,

but the germs that cause the boils are.

I'll talk to you more, in a minute,

about how to prevent them.

What are the treatments for boils?

Well, here are the five things you should do

to get rid of boils.

Number one.

Wash your body, daily, in the bath or shower

for one week with antiseptic or an antibacterial soap.

Examples of these are

Chlorhexidine aqueous solution,

or Cetaphil antibacterial soap bar.

Please note that these will both dry out

your skin and they should not be used long-term.

Number two.

Cover the boil with a flannel that's been soaked

in hot water and put it on there for thirty minutes,

three to four times a day and

this should really help with the pain.

But, please make sure that the cloth

isn't too hot!

Number three.

Apply an antiseptic ointment to the boils

like Betadine antiseptic, and

cover with a square of gauze.

Number four.

See your doctor for oral antibiotic tablets.

The most common antibiotics that

are used to treat boils are flucloxacillin.

But you may need a course for several weeks.

Finally, number 5.

If you keep getting boils, see your doctor

for a swab of the boil and

to get some antibacterial ointment like Fusidic Acid.

This should be applied to the inside of your nostrils

twice daily for five days and

this helps stop the germs from living on your skin.

So what happens if you do nothing?

Well, after a few days the boil will burst

and pus will come out onto your skin.

Once the pus is completely gone,

it will take a few days for the infection

to settle around that area,

but you may be left with a scar.

The whole process usually takes about 10 days.

How do you prevent boils?

Well there are lots of things for you to try

and I'll link them all in the description below,

but here are the main ones:

Try to avoid activities that make you sweat

and cause friction with your clothing.

So things like squash and jogging.

You can try taking 1 gram of Vitamin C per day.

Wash your whole body every day with soap

and also wash your hands several times

a day with soap or antibacterial wash.

Don't share your towels with your family members.

Don't pick your nose and change

your under clothes and night wear regularly.

Now, quickly - I just wanted to mention

about bleach baths.

Before you freak out and think

what the hell is that?

Well, these are baths that have

diluted bleach in them, and this helps to

reduce the colonization of your skin

with the germs that cause boils.

What you need to do is fill a bath with

normal hot water and add about 80 mls of

standard bleach to the bath.

You soak in it for about 10 to 15 minutes,

then you empty the bath and

rinse your whole body with fresh water.

You can try this immediately after you

have had your boils are all sorted out

and are treated.

This really stops, it prevents future boils

from coming back and you can use it

intermittently, now and then, to help

cleanse your skin of Staphylococcus aureus.

The bug that causes boils.

Thanks for watching and I really hope you

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