What Are Boils?
Boils are uncomfortable and even painful, and seem to happen for apparently no reason. However, there is a reason, and it is one that you can prevent. Boils come from two different reasons – bacterial infections, and the inflammation of one or more hair follicles. Boils start out with a small tender bump that may feel like a little pimple, but then before you know it; it turns into a painful, annoying much larger lump that is hard because it is filled with pus, and bacteria fighting white blood cells. It also many have blood in it as well, depending on how large it gets.
The pain continues to get worse until it finally bursts and the pus is able to drain which can take a few days to a few weeks. Throughout that time, depending on where the boil is located, you may be in a lot of discomfort. Boils can occur anywhere on your body, but they usually show in the same places such as on the face, neck, armpits, thighs, or buttocks. Anywhere that contains hair and sweat glands can be affected. You are especially vulnerable where there is chafing or friction that occurs, which is how bacteria and hair follicles can get affected.
Boils can sometimes get even more infected; leading to a cluster of boils called carbuncles. When they get incredibly infected, it could lead to an abscess. There are certain people that are more prone to getting boils and carbuncles, and those are people who have diabetes, poor hygiene, acne, poor immune systems, and other skin problems. If you do not fall into that category then chances are you have an infection in your hair follicle which can be because of an ingrown hair, a splinter, blocked sweat glands, and clothes that do not breathe easy. For women, silk underwear are often a big cause, so if you do get boils a lot on your buttocks, you should try cotton underwear to see if that eases it a bit.
From home remedies to natural remedies, there are a lot of different treatment options for boils. Certain natural remedies include boosting up your immune system which keeps bacteria at bay. This helps to prevent boils, and allows them to clear up more quickly if you have an infection. When it comes to herbal remedies, they are sometimes they best ones. They can help with the pain of a boil, and allow it to heal quicker.
Herbal medicine such as Echinacea Purpurea, Astragalus Membranaceous, Helenium, Inula, and Withania Somnifera are excellent for the antibacterial properties they hold. They also work together to boost your immune system and work as an antiviral agent. You can use them both to prevent boils and heal them if they do occur. Another natural remedy that has been shown to work is Silicea, which is a tissue salt that works to rid your body of pus and other toxic matter. It quickly takes away the boil, allowing it to fade away naturally. You don’t have to live with an uncomfortable boil. Instead, look towards what nature has provided you and try an herbal cure for your boils.