A cluster of boils is called a carbuncle. They are caused by a bacterial infection and typically filled with purulent exudate (pus). Often, the infection is caused by staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes bacteria. It is highly contagious and may spread to other areas of your body or other people with whom you come in contact with. There are common triggers that can lead to an infected carbuncle, which include a recent incidence of folliculitis, constant friction from clothing, shaving, having hair pulled out, poor hygiene, poor nutrition, weak immunity and uncontrolled diabetes. This cluster of several boils may develop on any part of the body, but they are most common on the back, nape of the neck, shoulders and thighs. The size of the boils can vary from small to large. Common symptoms of a carbuncle include itching, skin irritation and pain when touched. Sometimes, you may develop other symptoms like fatigue, fever, chills and malaise as well. you can try some simple yet effective natural remedies to fight the infection and improve your skin condition.
#1. Warm Compress.
Soak a cloth in warm water and squeeze out the excess water and apply the warm cloth over the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this repeatedly throughout the day until the pus drains out. Clean the area thoroughly and apply a medicated ointment to prevent any further infection.After each use, washcloths or cloths should be washed in hot water and dried at a high temperature.
#2. Tea Tree Oil.
This natural antiseptic has strong antibacterial properties, which can help to fight the root cause of the problem. It is also an anti-inflammatory agent and will help reduce the pain. Mix 5 or 6 drops of tea tree oil into a bowl of warm water. Soak a washcloth in the solution. Use it as a compress on the affected area for about 10 minutes. Repeat several times a day.
Turmeric is loaded with antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that help in a healing process, provide relief from the symptoms and prevent further infection. A 2014 study published in BioMed Research International highlights the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, the main compound in turmeric. For external use, mix ½ teaspoon of dry turmeric powder with 1 to 2 tablespoons of castor oil to make a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area with clean hands. Cover it with a gauze bandage. Reapply the paste and replace the bandage every 12 hours.
#4. Apple Cider Vinegar.
Apple cider vinegar is a potent natural astringent that works really well to treat carbuncles. It also has amazing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that help treat boils and carbuncles. Also, it restores your skin’s natural pH and minimizes the risk of scarring. For topical use, dip a washcloth in lukewarm raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. Wrap this moist and warm cloth around the affected area for 10 minutes. Repeat 3 or 4 times a day.
#5. Immune Boosting Foods.
While there is no direct connection between boils and nutritional deficiencies, it is still recommended to eat healthy foods, especially those with immune-boosting properties. Eat fruits like apples, oranges, grapefruit and berries, which contain antioxidants that support the immune system. Include more leafy greens like Swiss chard, kale, mustard greens and spinach in your diet. Eat whole grains like quinoa, amaranth and barley, which have immunity-building effects.
#1. Take a shower daily to keep your skin free of bacteria. Especially, take a shower after a workout or swimming.
#2. Avoid sharing personal items like towels, sheets, razors, clothing and athletic equipment with others.
#3. Do not poke the boils with a needle or pin to relieve pressure, as it can make the infection worse.
#4. Sometimes, you may have to take prescribed antibiotics to help heal severe or recurrent infections.
#5. Wash your hands with a mild soap before eating and after using the bathroom.
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