Boils are a lot like pimples except for the fact that they are an infection caused by the staphylococcus virus. Clogged pores cause pimples. If you have a boil on your body that is oozing, half of the battle has already been won. When the boil starts to ooze, it is trying to get rid of the bacteria inside it. Once the boil is draining, you can clean it to allow the boil to heal faster.
Dampen a clean rag or towel with hot water and place it on the boil three to four times a day. This will stimulate blood circulation within the boil. When the blood is circulating, more white blood cells will be able to get into the infected area.
Use an antibacterial soap to clean the boil. Wet a rag with hot water and then apply soap to the rag. Work the soap into a lather and then place the soapy rag on the boil.
Rinse the soap off the boil and then apply an antibacterial ointment. You can obtain this at a chemist or from your doctor. Look for the word "antibacterial" on the packaging.
Wipe iodine over the boil if it has become irritated. Use a cotton ball to apply a small amount of the iodine to the infected area.
Have a doctor lance or drain the boil professionally if it has not gone away within two weeks.
Things you need
- Clean rag
- Antibacterial soap
- Antibacterial ointment