What Are Boils ?

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Boils are an inflamed swelling, filled with pus which starts deep within the skin. Boils are usually caused by a hair follicle becoming infected and boils generally start as a tender area of skin with a reddening appearance.

It may also occur due to extensive usage of allergic creams or skin ointments.

The hair follicle becomes infected by the bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus, this bacteria is fairly common, infact it is carried on the skin or in the nasal passages of around one third of the population.

Boils can be very tender and painful and if they are recurrent they can cause some scaring which may even be permanent.

As time passes the affected area will grow firmer, harder and become more tender. Your body will try to fight the infection by by sending white blood cells from the bloodstream to the boil, this will cause the center of the boil to soften and fill with pus. The pus is the combination of the white blood cells, proteins and bacteria and it will eventually form a head on the boil. This is called the pustule.

Once the “head” has formed on the boil, the pus may drain out through the surface of the skin, or in some cases it will drain through a small incision made by a medical professional.

Types of Boils

There are a number of different types of boils, these develop on different parts of the body and have different formations.

Furuncles

These are caused by the infection Staphylococcus Aurues in a hair follicle (the root of a hair). Furuncles can occur on any part of the body but are most commonly found on your neck, face, armpits, buttocks and thighs. Furuncles are also sometimes associated with chills and fevers.

Carbuncles

These are a cluster or group of Furuncles. Carbuncles are most commonly found on the back of the neck, the shoulders, hips and thighs. They are usually the result of a deeper infection and as such tend to last longer than Furuncles. You may need to seek medical advice if you have carbuncles, as you may need to be treated with an anti-biotic to kill the infection.

Pilondial Cysts

These are boils that form between the buttocks and are sometimes called Rectal Boils. Pilondial Cysts are usually recurrent, they can make walking and sitting very painful and can drain spontaneously. They often form after being seated for prolonged periods, such as during a long journey.

Hiradenitis Supparativa

These boils are caused by inflamed sweat glands becoming infected. They usually occur under the arms and around the groin area and can be very painful. In extreme cases the affected sweat glands can be removed surgically.

Cystic Acne

These are boils caused by excessive oil production in the skin which in turn causes bacteria and dirt to become trapped under the skin, blocking hair follicles. Cystic Acne is most commonly found on the face and it differs from Common Acne in that the infection is much deeper in the skin.

Whichever type of boil you have, they can be distressing, painful and can really make you feel at a low ebb.

7 Responses to What Are Boils ?

  1. Hilbert says:

    Hi kargozy, Recurrent boils can occur in people with decreased immune function, diabetes, chronic gastrointestinal problems, under active thyroid, lowered resistance due to borderline nutrient deficiencies, and chronic emotional stress. You need to avoid spicy food as suggested by another reader here.

  2. Leena Roberts says:

    I am sharing with you all natural remedies to cure boils. If you find it good do reply me back for more, I have over 120 such tips. I like to interact with people as I m naturapathist on ayurveda. Home made remedies for you all <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>>> Boils treatment using Garlic and Onion Garlic and Onions have been proved to be among the most effective home remedy for boils treatment among several other remedies. Onion juice or garlic juice may be applied on boils externally to ripen them, break and evacuate the pus. Juices of both these vegetables can be mixed in equal quantities and applied on the boil for beneficial results. >>>>>>>>>>> Boils treatment using Bitter Gourd Bitter Gourd is also an effective home remedy for blood filled boils. To treat boils, a cupful of fresh bitter gourd juice can be mixed with 1 teaspoon of lime juice, sipped on slowly on an empty stomach everyday for a few days. >>>>>>>>>>> Boils treatment using Milk Cream Milk cream remedy is useful in the treatment of boils. An excellent poultice for boils cure is, to apply a mixture of a teaspoon each of milk cream and vinegar with a pinch of turmeric powder. This helps to ripen the blood boils and heal them without letting them become septic. >>>>>>>>>>> Boils treatment using Betel Leaves Betel Leaves treatment for boils is a valuable home remedy. A betel leaf is gently warmed till it softens. Coat it with a layer of castor oil. Spread the oiled leaf over the inflamed part. Replace this every few hours. After applying a few times, boil ruptures and drains out all the purulent matter.

  3. Kargozy says:

    How to control daily developing boils on bum ?

  4. Matador says:

    Does lowering spicy food prevent boils?

  5. Thin Girl says:

    I have heard fingering cures acne. is this true ?

  6. Martin says:

    My mom wants to know cuz everytime she uses moisturizer boils occur, it goes away and she wants to make up so she uses foundation again it re-appears. How do we make it so that it doesn’t come again.

  7. Matt says:

    I am doing a report on boils and carbuncles. I need to know the amount of people that boils and carbuncles effects in the U.S. I can’t find it anywhere, and I really need help! Thanks!

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