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How To Get Rid Of A Boil

How To Get Rid Of A Boil

n this short video segment, Dr. Gemma Newman discusses the care, prevention and treatment of boils, including relieving the pain and when to see your doctor. Also, small changes you can make to your diet to prevent future boils are discussed.

Hello, I'm Dr. Gemma Newman, and I'm a GP and broadcaster and today I'd like to help you with a few top tips to improve your health. I'd like to talk to you today about how to get rid of a boil.

Now, what is a boil? Well, it's a word for a big spot, which is usually underneath the skin's surface or dermis, and an abscess is a term that we use for a larger boil, one that requires drainage of pus. Assuming that your boil is small, there are a few things that you can do at home to help get rid of it. The first thing would be to soak it in warm water, if it's in a place that you can soak.

This will relieve the pain and it will help to draw out the boil as well. Now, if your boil is not in a place that you can soak it in water, then you could also use a warm, damp, clean compact to the skin to hopefully produce the same effect. I would do this for around about 20 minutes, 3 or 4 times a day, and hopefully this will also reduce the amount of pain that you are experiencing.

Once your boil has burst, then you can use an antibacterial soap or iodine to protect the skin and reduce the chances of any other bacteria from coming in to the skin. Now, magnesium sulfate is a natural antiseptic agent, and you can usually get hold of that in paste form from your local pharmacy and you can make a paste with water and put it on the boil as well and that should also reduce the chances of any further staphylococcal infection from coming into your boil. Now, if it's a very big boil, then you may need to have it drained, and that might involve a small cup to the skin or a needle prick, but either way, it's best to see your doctor if it's getting larger.

Sometimes antibiotics are needed, so again, in that circumstance, you will have to go and see your own doctor for treatment. What can we do to prevent boils from coming up? Well, if you're getting them recurrently, or they're getting very large, you have to go and see your doctor to rule out other underlying medical problems such as diabetes. But if you are only getting them every so often, there are a few things you can do to help prevent them.

The first thing you can do is to make sure you have a diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Also, plenty of vitamin A and vitamin E is good for skin replenishment and I'll advise that in your diet as well. General health, garlic is an antiseptic agent, so have lots of garlic in your food, make sure you don't get dehydrated, so drink plenty of water, and, as I said, fresh, unprocessed foods are the way forward to improve your immune system and reduce the chances of bugs getting into your skin.

So, with all this in mind, the very best of luck, and I hope that your boil resolves very quickly.