To treat a boil, apply warm and moist compresses to the area, soak in a warm bath and apply heating pads, making sure to keep the area clean and dry between soakings. Encourage a boil to come to a head and drain with expertise from a registered nurse in this free video on first aid.
You're interested in knowing how to treat a boil. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP Health and Wellness Consultant, and I'm here to give you a few tips and strategies about that. Perhaps the voil-boil is on your face. Maybe it's under your arms, perhaps in your groin, in your inner thighs. Boils typically show up in places that are moist and dark and places that maybe have a hair follicle. Some boils happen because they basically started out as an ingrown hair and then it becomes like a little pimple and a boil is really a big pimple. It has pus inside of it, and the goal with treating a boil is to get it to come to a head and to release the pus. Once the pus is gone, your body will heal itself naturally. So, our strategies involve increasing blood flow to the area where the boil is, and the best way to do that is heat; and in particular, moist heat. So, if the boil is on the lower part of your body, sits baths work. You know, so in other words, filling the tub with some warm water and sitting in there for fifteen or twenty minutes. If you can do that more than once a day, that's great. The other strategy is to take a wash cloth, hold it under the hot water tap, ring it out, and then put that on your face or wherever the boil might be. You can also use a heating pad for ten or fifteen minutes, and you can also use some of these packs that are good for sinus pain and other things. You can heat them up in the microwave for about a minute, and then put that on-on the area; perhaps, on top of your wash cloth so that in case if it does break, it won't go on your pack here. The most important thing is to keep it clean and dry. If it starts to ooze out, but the oozing is good. It's expected. It's what we want. If you don't get oozing, then you need to think about going to see your doctor, and I would say if the boil is bigger than a nickel, and if you can't get it to come to a head and ooze in a day or so, you're better off to see your physician because what they can do is take a, something sterile and lance it and let that pus drain out. And that will speed up your healing process and make you feel better. Meanwhile, drink lots of water to hydrate your body and my name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP Health and Wellness Consultant and good luck with getting rid of that boil.