A boil is an acute staphylococcal infection of hair follicle. Boils can develop in any part of hairy skin surface. The most common site for boils are armpit, back of the neck, buttocks, thighs and groin. It is common for boils to develop in summer and in monsoon season. People living in tropical climate are more susceptible to boils, this may be associated with the temperature and heat that causes excess of perspiration and accumulation of dirt and grime on the body surface.
Boils on inner thigh appears in the beginning as red and tender bump. The center of the painful and indurated swelling gradually softens after two to three days, and a small slough is discharged with a bead of pus. In majority of the cases the condition then subsides. A “blind boil” is one that subsides without forming pus. Boils on thigh are often referred as folliculits. Carbuncle is big conglomeration of boil which communicates from one follicle to another under the skin in the same area. The pus in carbuncle is discharged through multiple holes. People suffering from diabetes often suffer from a carbuncle.
What Causes Boils on Inner Thigh?
A boil in inner thigh results from the same organism that can cause boils on different sites of the body surface.
- Wearing tight fitting clothes can cause damage to the hair follicles on the inner thigh.
- Excessive perspiration and dirt in the area.
- Scratching with infected nails and finger tips.
- Irritation from rough garments or allergy from the fabric.
- Repeated friction between thighs, especially in obese individuals.
- Shaving of hairs, a common reason for a boil in inner thigh among women.
- Allergy to chemicals present in soaps.
Predisposing factors for development of boils on inner thigh are diabetes, low immune system, poor hygiene, stress and overwork. Scabies and pediculosis are two other skin diseases that can cause boils. Complications of boils on inner thigh include cellulitis especially in a debilitated person, infection of the lymph node in groin area, and carbuncles.
Home Remedies to Treat Boils on Inner Thigh
It is very important to improve the general health when you suffer from boils, especially if they appear frequently; this is because debility and low immune system are at the root of such infections. So eat healthy food, stay away from stress and strain, sleep regularly for 7 to8 hours, and control your diabetes if you are suffering from high blood sugar.
A boil on the inner thigh usually may not require any treatment if the boil is small, as after couple of days the boil may soften and the pus may drain out on its own.
When a boil is enlarging in size, and if it causes extreme pain and discomfort while walking, you have to consult your physician. He may prescribe certain antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications or may suggest incision and drainage of the boil.
In order to hasten and ripen the boil, apply hot water compresses. It will do the work of a scalpel. Within a day or two the boil will mature and erupt.
Turmeric is an effective home remedy to treat boils. Turmeric is a natural antibacterial. Apply paste prepared from turmeric powder and water on the outer surface of the boil. Apply it two times in a day. It will initiate early healing of the boil.