A boil is a bacterial skin infection that forms in hair follicles and oil glands.
Boils usually develop in regions of the body that experience friction or pressure, such
as the face, armpits, groin, shoulders, and buttocks.
In this video, we are going to look at, what boils are, what causes them, how to treat
them, , and finally, how to prevent boils altogether, so stay tuned until the end.
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Boils start out as painful, red bumps that develop a pus-filled head and will eventually
burst, drain, and heal within 2 days to 3 weeks of forming.
But until then, there are steps that you need to take to make sure of, so that the boil
doesn’t scar or spread.
A boil on the eyelid is known as a stye and a cluster of boils that form a connected area
of infection under the skin is known as a carbuncle and is usually associated with fevers.
Here is the culprit.
Staphylococcus aureus, a type of bacteria that is commonly found already on the skin
and inside the nose and for the most part don't do much of their damage here.
They do however end up infecting and inflaming the hair follicles if they see a good opportunity
to do so, causing a very big yellow pimple that's deeper in the skin and quite frankly
hurts a lot more.
The surrounding tissue also becomes infected and The infection causes the skin tissue inside
the boil to break down, creating a pus-filled hollow space or what is known as an abscess.
What's alarming is that they can grow to the size of a baseball, and the area surrounding
the skin can be red and painful, too.
And Once the pus has escaped from the red, swollen lump after a few days – either on
its own or following treatment – the boil heals within a few weeks and may leave a small
Sometimes boils heal without the pus coming out too, which basically means the body has
broken it down already.
So don’t be worried if yours never bursted.
But the real question here is, how can we treat them, and more importantly how can we
prevent getting boils altogether.
Let's look at treatment first.
First and foremost: Never pick at or squeeze a boil.
If it isn’t drained properly, it could actually infect nearby areas or push the infection
deeper into the skin and cause more boils.
For the most part you can treat small boils at home by applying warm compresses to relieve
pain and to speed up natural drainage on its own.For now: Let's look at 5 ways to treat
Place a warm, wet washcloth against the boil for 10 minutes up to 4 times a day.
The heat increases circulation and may help bring more white blood cells and antibodies
to the area to fight the infection.
Number 2.)clean the area around the boil with antibacterial soap if you see pus coming out.
cover the area with a dressing or gauze until it heals.
Keep in mind that: As long as the opened boil is kept clean, dry, and protected, it should
heal within a few days to weeks depending on its size and location.
try to bathe or shower every day and wash your hands regularly.Number 5.)
Talk to your pharmacist to recommend a painkiller that is suitable for you if you are experiencing
Also Keep in mind that: Antibiotics are only needed if complications are likely or have
already occurred for example: if several boils have merged and developed into a carbuncle.
It's at this point where Your doctor may drain it by making an incision into it followed
by prescribed antibiotics to help you heal or prevent recurrent infections.
Which antibiotic exactly?
Its hard to tell, because Many varieties of the bacteria that cause boils have become
resistant to certain types of antibiotics.
So lab testing can help determine what type of antibiotic would work best in your situation.
Now that the treatment is over, let's look at ways you can prevent boils.
When you have a boil, washing and keeping your clothes and bedding clean can help prevent
infection from spreading.
Keep all surfaces that you may touch cleaned and disinfected regularly.
These include door knobs, toilet seats, bath tubs, and commonly used surfaces throughout
the home.Number 3.)
Avoid going to a swimming pool or gym until the boil has gone cuz– you could pass
the infection on to others.
Avoid sharing items that come into contact with the skin.
This includes razors, athletic equipment, and towels.
In these instances, sharing is not caring.
If you are more prone to boils, use a textured cloth, brush, glove, or loofah to exfoliate
the skin once a week, especially high risk areas like the armpits, groin, face, and shoulders.
Most boils drain and heal within 2 days to 3 weeks of appearing, but if they dont, you
should get medical attention.
Also, let your doctor know if: you have the boil on your face, if its as large as a ping
pong ball, if you are diabetic and have a boil, if the skin around your boil feels excessively
hot or painful, if its been over a week and nothing has helped, if they are recurring
or grouped, and lastly if you feel hot and shivery.
And know that whatever you do, dont pick at, squeeze, or use a sharp object to pop the
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