How to get rid of boils

Updated February 21, 2017

Boils are painful red lumps on your skin caused by bacteria. Boils can occur on the face, neck, breasts and even the genital area. They usually start as reddened areas, then rise into red bumps like pimples, then gather pus, then burst and heal. In extreme cases they may need to be lanced by a doctor. Here is how to get rid of boils.

Soak the boil in warm water or apply warm compresses. This will help bring the boil to a head and drain the pus. Repeat for five minutes a few times a day.

Clean the boil with an anti-bacterial soap. You can also apply an anti-bacterial cream over the affected area to avoid further infection.

Take Vitamin A and Vitamin E supplements after consultation with your doctor.

Keep areas such as your scalp, groin and armpits clean to avoid staph bacteria, which can cause boils.

Meet with your doctor if a boil gets severe. You may need minor surgery to get rid of the boil.


Recurring boils may be a symptom of diabetes.

Things You'll Need

  • Vitamin A
  • Anti-bacterial cream
  • Vitamin E
  • Anti-bacterial soap
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