The Best 10 Home Remedies For Boils | Causes | Treatment

Home Remedies For Boils is very useful for most simple boils as early treatment prevents later complications. Warm compress is the safest and effective way to reduce pain.

Boils in healthy people can be disappeared by only using home remedies for boils and there is not any need to consult a doctor. It resolved without leaving scars. Before treatment let’s know about the causes.

What are the causes of boils?

1. Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles:

This condition develops small red bumps at the hair follicles. This occurs because of disturbed skin due to acne, skin wounds, friction from clothing, excessive sweating, or exposure to toxins.

Also, people who have ingrown hairs lead to boils on their face, shoulders, necks, armpits.

2. By Bacteria:

It's called  (staphylococcal bacteria) which enters the body through tiny cuts in the skin.

People with chronic diseases such as

( diabetes, cancer, poor nutrition, and problems with the immune system) are most affected.

Skin home remedies for boils

A boil is a skin infection that starts in a hair follicle or oil gland. Then skin becomes red and a tender lump develops. After four to seven days, the lump turns white as pus gathers under the skin.


1.Warm Compress

-Clean the affected area with warm water.

-Soak a soft cloth in water, and apply it on the boil for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat 2 to 3 times a day for the best treatment.

-Warm water will reduce pain and draw the pus quickly to the surface.



Potatoes are used as one of the home remedies for boils. It is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins such as  B6  and C, phosphorus, and magnesium. You should  Clean a potato and grate it well. Squeeze out the juice and put it on the boil. Soak the boil in the potato juice. Repeat it a few times each day.


3. Turmeric

It has been used as an effective medicine for ages in both Chinese And Indian cultures. Make a paste of one teaspoon of turmeric powder and warm water. Then apply it to the boil for a few minutes. Clean the area with a wet cloth and repeat this two times a day.


4. Honeysuckle

Honeysuckle is one of the home remedies for boils that are very effective in treatments for infections caused by many types of bacteria like Streptococcus B-hemolytic, Escherichia coli, Bacillus dysenteriae. Put honeysuckle stems in a bottle of warm water for a few hours, strain the mixture with a sieve. Soak a piece of cloth in the water that you get after sieving then apply it to the boil. Repeat this a few times a day.



It has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antiviral, antibacterial,anti-carcinogenic, and antihyperglycemic effects.

Grinding a handful of neem leaves with water. Apply the paste to a boil for 2 to 3 times a day.


6.Tridax daisy oil 

It is applied to the boil and changes the gauze a few times a day till you get rid of the boil.


7. Cumin seeds 

Cumin is a worldwide spice that is used as one of the home remedies for boils. It can treat many health problems swelling, soreness, and inflammation. 

Crush some cumin seeds and mix with water to form a paste. Apply it on the affected area and after drying wash it gently. Repeat this till the boil disappears.


8.Goatweed oil 

It can be applied to the boil and change the gauze a few times a day till you get rid of the boil.



Onions contain phytochemicals such as vinyl dithiins, trisulfides, disulfides, and cepaene, which have antimicrobial properties. Cut a slice of the onion and apply it to a boil. Repeat this a few times a day.


10. Tea tree oil

It is very useful as it has antibiotic, antimitotic, and antimicrobial properties. It is used to treat various skin problems such as boils and psoriasis. Clean the boil using warm water then put a few drops of oil. You can add drops of water to dilute the oil. Cover the area with a bandage. Repeat this two to three times a day.

All the previous home remedies for boils are available in our kitchen and very easy to use.

Complications of boils:

Normally, you will get rid of the boil within three weeks from appearing. By home remedies for boils and good hygiene, but sometimes complications occur like carbuncles( reform in clusters), scarring, sepsis, swelling of the heart valve tissue, and infection in the deeper layers of the skin.

You should ask the doctor for help if you have a fever, swollen lymph nodes, pain increases, boil does not drain and a second boil appears.

Caution: You must not try to burst a boil at home for any reason, as this leads to serious complications.

Methods to reduce the risk of getting boils:

-Good hygiene by washing the skin with a mild soap regularly.

-Wash hands well with antibacterial washes after touching a boil.

-Exercising regularly.

-Healthy diet, staying hydrated.

-Clean and treat any skin wounds.

-Do not share towels, razors.

Are boils contagious?

Boils themselves are not contagious as bacteria normally present on the skin, but the pus and the liquid inside of the boil can be contagious and cause infection to others and also additional infection to the same individual. If you have boils you should be careful and do not share your items with other people.

How will you know that you are cured of boils?

 Once the pus drains out of the boil and the bacteria are eliminated. You will notice that the symptoms of skin swelling, redness, and pain reduces within a few days.

Some boils which are deep in the skin may require physicians to drain them. Also may need topical or oral antibiotics to eliminate infecting bacteria. Large boils may need a bandage to facilitate the drainage of pus. It is only for 2 to 3 days.



Home remedies for boils are a sufficient treatment for most boils. 

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Written By/Dr. Reham


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