health procedures


Question by  qkadir (10)

What is the best way to treat boils?

I know the old wives' tails but I want a real method.


Answer by  vietnamgirls (1177)

The best way to treat boils is to apply moist heat. Once the head has softened it can then be drained. Apply antibiotics to avoid infection.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

From experience: Use hot cloths on site to help the boil come to a head (like a pimple). Once a head has formed use a sterilized needle to lance the top. Put a gauze bandage on it and change it often while the boil drains. That should do the trick!


Answer by  Aspen (43)

Soak with a hot compress of water and Epsom salt two or three times daily. As the pus begins to make a head, gently pull the head open, allowing the pus to drain. Apply an antibacterial ointment and cover lightly with a sterile gauze between treatments. Repeat until boil is healed.


Answer by  CrystalEg (500)

You must first use a warm compress to draw the puss out and make the boil come to a head. Next, go to a pharmacy and buy an over the counter magnesium sulfate paste to help heal the boil without risking infection. If your feeling brave you can also try popping the boil with a sterilized needle.


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

Keep the skin clean. You can apply rubbing alcohol to disinfect it. If the boil has grown very large, see a doctor to have it drained.


Answer by  CaseyThomas (34)

The Mayo Clinic indicates that applying tea tree oil to a boil several times a day may help. Watch for any allergic reactions!

You have 50 words left!