A boil is not what everyone expects, but we can’t possibly stop them from coming, at least a few times in life. It is usually painful and always irritating or itching. It is pus filled in inflammation under the skin, caused by inflamed or infected hair follicles. Another name for boils is furuncles.
It is usually self treatable and does not require a doctors’ medication. However, in some severe though rare cases, it is advisable to see a doctor or any other medical personnel. It is also self diagnosable, which means that you just have to look at the inflammation on your skin and now that yes, this is a boil. No symptoms other than the itching and any severe cases or causes for emergencies.
What Are The Ages Mostly Affected By Boils?
The ages mostly affected for boils are 6-60, but it is very rare during the ages 0-6.
What Are The Symptoms Of Boils?
The victims may experience redness of the skin or pimples. They are usually self diagnosable and start as red, tender lumps which later rump. These are filled with pus, ripen, grow and need to be punctured to expose the pus. A carbuncle is defined as a cluster of boils, though these are usually rare.
What Are The Methods Of Treatment Of Boils?
- Incision or drainage of the pus: Carefully cut or puncture the affected skin to release the yellowish substance contained in it, otherwise known as pus.
- Self care: Take care of the area with an anti-bacterial soap. This reduces or cures the infections. It also cleans the skin. You may also need a warm compress to sooth or take better care of the area.
- Medication: You may need to apply penicillin antibiotic, in order to stop growth of and also kill the bacteria. Other antibiotics will be of great help too.
- In case you need some specialist attention, then contact a Primary Care Provider, an Emergency Doctor or a Dermatologist.
Small boils can be treated at home, and usually go in two days to three weeks. Some major tips for treating boils include:
- If they are big, avoid squeezing or trying to treat them all by yourself, the might get worse. Always contact an adult to help you, or better still meet a doctor. Doing this can lead to further infections on the boil.
- Always remember to place a warm wash cloth on the boil. This should be wet and should be done several times a day.
- Try to add a little pressure when pressing the washcloth, but don’t allow it to puncture the boil or it might make it more painful.
- If the boil ruptures naturally, keep it covered. You can make use of a bandage or gauze. This will help stop it from being infected in the process.
- Always wash your hands well after caring for your boils. This will go a long way in helping the infections stay under control. You will not want to spread some bacteria across your house. Follow TheGreenTrend for more.