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Painful Boils

19years old Prakash was suffering from large boils on face and recurrent painful boils with oozing of pus in the armpits since 6months. He started going to the gym 6months ago and use to wear dry fit clothes while exercising. He sweats profusely when he exercises. He says that after he started gym, he started to get these boils in the armpits. He went to a municipal hospital and was examined by a skin specialist. He was told that he suffered of Cystic Acne on face and Hydradenitis Suppurativa in armpits. He was given antibiotics and some powders to apply externally to prevent sweat. But it would be better till he was taking medicine and it would recur as soon as the efficacy of the conventional medicine would become less. Then he resorted to homoeopathic treatment and after complete case study he was given homeopathic medicines. The boils had subsided in a month’s time. He continued the treatment for 11months and there was no recurrence of the problem.

A boil is an infection of the skin or the hair follicle, it is a painful sore filled with pus. In most cases boils are caused by Staphylococcus bacteria. Ingrown hair, plugged sweat glands or an injury to the skin- all of these can promote the growth of staphylococcus leading to boils. In addition, certain diseases or medications can also trigger recurrent boils. There are three major types of boils:

  • Cystic acne: Deep seated boils that occur on the face.
  • Hydradenitis Suppurativa: Painful boils in the armpits, due to infected sweat glands.
  • Pilonidal Cysts: Deep seated boils, occurring in the cleft between the buttocks.

Boils usually start as a localized, painful and hard eruption. In a couple of days it becomes larger, softer and more painful and fills up with pus. Then it develops a ‘head’ which drains off pus by itself or needs to be drained out. The most common areas where boils develop are the face, armpits, shoulders, buttocks and back. When the infection is severe, the person with boils may develop fever and swollen lymphnodes. In recurrent boils, your doctor may need to investigate you for diabetes, or reduced immunity triggered by other diseases or medications.

Homoeopathy for Boils

Homoeopathy has excellent treatment for Hydradenitis Suppurativa unlike conventional medicines which has only antibiotics, powders and surgery as last option.

Homoeopathic medicines given in any case of boils helps to treat the ailment as well as it prevents the recurrence of boils.

Homoeopathy can save a person from undergoing surgical draining of boils.

Homeopathic treatment is painless unlike surgery in conventional treatment.

Homoeopathy has zero side effects.

Diabetics can safely take homoeopathic treatment for boils and can be rest assured that they would never have to go through painful non-healing wound phase.

Do It Yourself

Apply warm compresses and soak the boil in warm water. Keep a wash cloth in warm water and use it to squeeze out the surplus moisture. This will decrease the pain and help draw the pus to the surface.

When the boil starts draining, wash it with a mild antibacterial soap until all the pus is gone.

Continue to wash the infected area 2-3 times a day and use warm compresses until the wound heals.

Do not the boil with a needle. This may only worsen the infection.

Speak to your doctor when the boil does not drain out, or if you have fever with boils- more so, if you are a diabetic or have a heart disease.

Wearing cotton clothes will help to soak sweat better. Ill-fitting tight dry-fit clothes increase chances of developing

Wash your face wild mild facewash to prevent excess oil which could lead to super added infections.

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