We Value Your Privacy

We and our partners use technology such as cookies on our site to personalise content and ads, provide social media features, and analyse our traffic. Click below to consent to the use of this technology across the web. You can change your mind and change your consent choices at anytime by returning to this site.

Update Consent
Loading ...

How to use a hot water bottle for the suction of a boil

Updated April 17, 2017

Boils are red lumps on the skin that tend to be sore and painful to the touch. They are caused by a staphylococcus aureus infection of hair follicles, which results in the area becoming inflamed and filling with pus. Most boils will come to a head and drain between 4 and 10 days, but the discomfort caused can often lead to alternative methods being used to speed up this process and encourage the pus to come to the surface and be dispelled. The suctioning or cupping method is a popular alternative remedy for boils and can be performed with a jar, cup or hot water bottle.

Loading ...
  1. Boil some water in a kettle.

  2. Fill a hot water bottle with the boiling water and screw the stopper on. Leave for 10 minutes.

  3. Unscrew the stopper and pour out the boiling water.

  4. Place the opening of the hot water bottle over the boil to form a tight seal against your skin. If the rubber around the opening of your hot water bottle has a hole in it, then seal it up with duct tape so that a vacuum can form. Hold in place for 10 minutes.

  5. Remove the hot water bottle from the skin. You should notice that the area that has been suctioned is raised into the shape of the hot water bottle opening and the boil is bright red and raised.

  6. Repeat this method several times a day as necessary. Wipe away any pus and clean the area with an antiseptic wipe after each suctioning treatment.

  7. Tip

    Never attempt to squeeze the boil. The pus will be expelled by your body naturally. A cup or jar can be placed in boiling water and applied to the boil in the same way to suction it.


    The Staphylococcus aureus infection is extremely contagious. Avoid skin-to-skin contact with others and do not share items such as towels and flannels. Always consult a doctor if you suspect a Staphylococcus aureus infection.

Loading ...

Things You'll Need

  • Hot water bottle
  • Kettle
  • Duct tape
  • Antiseptic wipes

About the Author

Nikola Goddard

Nikola Goddard has been writing since 2009. Her how-to and self-help articles center around health, fitness and green living and appear on various online publications. Goddard studied English literature at Beckfoot Grammar School. She is now pursuing a career as a freelance writer and has several blogs specializing in weight loss.

Loading ...
Loading ...