A boil is a kind of skin problem that happens when there is a deep bacterial infection in a hair follicle.
It starts as a small, red, painful nodule and gradually increases in size. It can be very painful and sometimes may be accompanied by fever.
The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks.
Is boils contagious?
The bacteria from the family staphylococcus (MRSA) which causes the boil is contagious, not the boil itself. If the pus has not been drained completely or if the skin has not healed, then the sufferer may be contagious
There are a number of home remedies for boils and you should start using them as soon as you notice a boil developing on your body.
1. Warm Compress Using Epsom Salt
Apply a warm compress with Epsom salt for 30 minutes three times a day on the boil. The heat will increase blood circulation, draw pus to the surface and quicken the draining process of the boil, while reducing pain and itching. Repeat the compress until the boil begins to drain.
2. Tea tree oil
Apply tea tree oil directly onto the boil once a day. Take a cotton bud or pad and pour a couple of drops of tea tree oil on it. Dab the boil gently. Do this until the boil is healed.
To heal boils with turmeric, make a paste by mixing turmeric with some warm water until you reach the desired consistency or alternatively use the turmeric paste I mentioned in this post. Apply the paste directly onto the boil and cover it with a bandage.
Source: Web MD