Boils are skin infections filled with pus and associated with inflammation. They are common in areas near the hair follicles like the back of the neck. They are also commonly found in moistened areas like arm pits and groin. Boils that form together are called carbuncles which are composed of several boils.
Several types of boils include:
- Folliculitis. A milder type of boil caused by Staph bacteria infecting the hair follicles which can be very itchy.
- Furuncle. Also caused by Staph bacteria, the furuncle is another term for carbuncles associated with fever and chills.
- Cystic acne. It is a type of abscess that forms when the oil ducts are congested and infected and is common among teens.
- Pilonidal cyst. Commonly found in the buttocks area and happens after long trips where the person experiences prolonged sitting.
Draining Boil Remedies
A boil can start as an itchy, red, and painful lump.
Most simple boils can be treated at home. The treatment must begin as soon as the boil is noticed to avoid complications and proliferation. Puncturing the boil at the right time is necessary to release the pus. However, if it has to be done at home, the needle must be sterilized. The boil including its surrounding areas must be disinfected as well. The hands must be washed thoroughly before and after the procedure to prevent the spreading of infectious bacteria.
Generally, hygiene is an important factor. Health experts recommend practicing good hygiene to naturally ward off harmful bacteria including the Staphylococcus.
Draining Boil Infection Treatment
A skin boil is caused by several bacteria such as Staphylococcus. They vary in sizes and are often warm and painful to touch.
- Before seeking medical treatment, first-aid treatment should be administered to the boils. If after administering treatment the boils are still persistent, it would be wise to contact immediate medical help.
- Applying a warm compress onto the affected area is recommended. Warm compress will suck out the pus from their base, thereby, helping the boil to drain. Draining dry boils may take several days to complete. Warm compress can also boost the body’s natural defense by activating the antibodies and white blood cells to the affected area.