Natural treatments for boils
Boils are red, tender, painful and appear suddenly. Fever and swelling of the lymph glands nearest the boil may occur. Without treatment, a boil will open, then drain and heal in about 10 to 24 days. With treatment, the life of the boil is reduced and its symptoms are contained and less severe.
Carbuncles are many-headed boils which tend to combine and grow larger. They are slower healing than boils. The treatment for both boils and carbuncles is the same.
A boil is a way for the body to try to cleanse itself of something bad. The toxins are trying to leave - not through the bowels or kidneys - but through the skin.
How to treat boils naturally
We can treat boils internally as well as treat the skin topically, to prevent the boil from coming back.
Treating the skin affected boils directly, using natural methods
Tea tree oil, which is the oil from the leaves of the Australian tea tree, may be used to directly treat the skin where the boil is located. Tea tree oil is a great antibacterial and germicidal agent.(Tea tree oil-based toothpastes and mouthwash may also be used to treat canker sores.)
In some rare cases, hypersensitivity reactions may occur. Only apply a small amount the first time you use tea tree oil, to make sure there is no irritation of the skin. Tea tree oil may burn if it comes in contact with the eyes, the mouth or the nose. Finally, do not ingest the oil.
Tea tree oil is safe for children as it is for adults. Tea tree oil is non-toxic and can be applied at full strength to boils. Apply a light coating 3 to 4 times a day, and continue for 2 weeks after the infection has disappeared.
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