Child Care & First Aid : How to Treat a Boil

You’re interested in knowing how to treat
a boil. My name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP Health and Wellness Consultant, and I’m here
to give you a few tips and strategies about that. Perhaps the voil-boil is on your face.
Maybe it’s under your arms, perhaps in your groin, in your inner thighs. Boils typically
show up in places that are moist and dark and places that maybe have a hair follicle.
Some boils happen because they basically started out as an ingrown hair and then it becomes
like a little pimple and a boil is really a big pimple. It has pus inside of it, and
the goal with treating a boil is to get it to come to a head and to release the pus.
Once the pus is gone, your body will heal itself naturally. So, our strategies involve
increasing blood flow to the area where the boil is, and the best way to do that is heat;
and in particular, moist heat. So, if the boil is on the lower part of your body, sits
baths work. You know, so in other words, filling the tub with some warm water and sitting in
there for fifteen or twenty minutes. If you can do that more than once a day, that’s great.
The other strategy is to take a wash cloth, hold it under the hot water tap, ring it out,
and then put that on your face or wherever the boil might be. You can also use a heating
pad for ten or fifteen minutes, and you can also use some of these packs that are good
for sinus pain and other things. You can heat them up in the microwave for about a minute,
and then put that on-on the area; perhaps, on top of your wash cloth so that in case
if it does break, it won’t go on your pack here. The most important thing is to keep
it clean and dry. If it starts to ooze out, but the oozing is good. It’s expected. It’s
what we want. If you don’t get oozing, then you need to think about going to see your
doctor, and I would say if the boil is bigger than a nickel, and if you can’t get it to
come to a head and ooze in a day or so, you’re better off to see your physician because what
they can do is take a, something sterile and lance it and let that pus drain out. And that
will speed up your healing process and make you feel better. Meanwhile, drink lots of
water to hydrate your body and my name is Beverly Bitterman, ARNP Health and Wellness
Consultant and good luck with getting rid of that boil.