Many doctors will tell us that a boil is a bacterial infection of a sweat gland or a hair follicle that is caused by a pore or follicle being blocked by dead skin cells and other debris. The immune system’s white blood cells die in battle creating large amounts of pus along with redness, swelling and pain.
Well, it is a likely scenario but would you believe that it may also be caused by gastrointestinal bacteria that has spread in the bloodstream causing infection, a boil, to pop out in the skin?
It’s serious but there are alternative ways to fight off these boils. But, you must also consider seeing your doctor if the boil has spread and has increased in size, making it very tender and painful.
For simple boils, let water do the trick. Yes, you can use hot and cold compress to beat the nasty boil! To help beat the bacteria, make sure there is adequate blood supply to the area of the infection.
To do this, you need to keep the circulation going by using hot compress to the area to bring blood to it.
Immerse a washcloth in hot water, wring it out and place over the boil for 20 minutes, repeat as tolerated.
To help drain the pus, repeat the above but alternate it with cold compress for 10 minutes. To be repeated three times and the whole treatment done twice a day.
An herbal formula with Echinacea and goldenseal will help kill the bacteria in the boil. A tablespoon of tincture of both herbs three times a day is recommended until the boil is gone. Be wary of the taste though since it is very bitter.
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