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3 Simple Home Remedies for the Treatment of Boils on Skin


Most boils can be treated by natural remedies or home remedies. Here three simple home remedies are listed.

What is a boil?

A boil is usually an indication of an underlying infection in the skin. It usually starts as a reddened thick area under the skin and then grows hard and firm. As it grows a white soft region appears in the centre of the boil. This whitish stuff is a mixture of white blood cells, protein and bacteria, called pus. It is generally not advised to break open a boil as it may spread the infection. Most people wonder what do for a boil. There are simple ways to treat a boil at home.

1. Heat Treatment for Boil

Take a piece of paper towel. 


Turn on hot water tap.


Wet the paper towel for few seconds. Do not burn your hands.  


Now press and release excess water and gently press the warm paper towel over the boil. You should feel warm. Repeat this 3 to 5 times a day. You will notice the pain coming down soon. This treatment will cure the boil in 2 to 3 days.

2. Cold Treatment for Boil

Take a few ice cubes from your freezer.


Now gently hold the ice cube on the boil. You will feel a little numbness on the region. Just hold on for a few seconds. If you feel uncomfortable, move the ice cube away and bring back on the boil. Repeat this for 3 to 5 times a day. The boil should recess soon. This treatment will cure the boil in 2 to 3 days.

3. Turmeric and Sandal Powder Paste Treatment for Boil

Take a little turmeric powder.


Mix with equal proportions of sandal powder and add a little water to make it into a paste.

Apply the paste over the boil at least half an hour before you go to bed. You can sleep with the paste on your boil. Next day morning gently wash it off. You can also apply it any other time. Try the paste 3 to 4 times a day. Allow the paste to dry on the boil for at least 1 hour before you wash it away. This is a natural treatment that will reduce the pain. Turmeric and sandal powder treatment for boils will cure it in 2 to 4 days.

These treatments are only for simple boils. If your boils persist more than a week you should see a doctor.


Meagan on January 08, 2014:

I have this huge boil between my eyes!! It is so embarrising that I don't even want to go to school! I've tried toothpaste,heat compressions,a potatoe. I even tried squeezing it! It didn't work and im scared that I might bruse it. It has drained and it even bled a little bit. What can I do?

davidkaluge on July 14, 2011:

Thanks for sharing. I trust its helpful and people can use the methods to manage boils.