Boil, medically known as furuncle, is an infection that affects a group of hair follicles and nearby tissues. Boils are also known as skin abscess. They are often painful and tend to get bigger as the pus, within them, builds up.
Boils can occur in the hair follicles of any part of the body. However, they most commonly occur on the thighs as well as the face, buttocks, armpit, groin, and neck.
Boils are often caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. They could also be caused by numerous other bacteria and fungal infection. Others factors that can trigger a boil include; poor hygiene, skin exposure to harsh chemicals, damage to hair follicle(s), poor nutrition and infected sweat glands.
Symptoms of boils include; tender pinkish-red bump, rapid growth, white or yellow center, oozing, and crusting.
Here are important tips and good practices, to consider, when dealing with boils on the inner thigh;
- Ensure you wash your hands before and after touching a boil.
- Get adequate rest and sleep. Also, avoid stress. This would help boost your immune system, thus, aid in a quick skin healing process.
- Wash all clothing, sheets, towels, or washcloths, that have come in contact with the boil, in hot water.
- Carefully dispose of used boil dressings so that it does not come in contact with other items of yours.
- Ensure you clean the boils and change any dressing or poultice often.
- Ensure you stay hydrated when you have boils. Drink plenty of water.
Below are natural treatments and home remedies for treating boils and skin abscess on inner thighs;
Onions are an effective home remedy in getting rid of boils because of their antibacterial, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties. Onions help in drawing out heat from the boil, thus, promoting the boil’s eruption. Onions also reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. For this remedy, cut an onion into slices, rub the onion slices over your boil and leave the onion juice, for about 15 minutes, to dry on the boil’s surface. Repeat this procedure twice daily, so long as the boil exists.
2. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an effective remedy for boils and abscess on inner thighs due to tea tree oil’s potent antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil can be applied by dipping a cotton swab in the oil and dabbing the affected area with the soaked cotton swab.
Alternatively, you could dilute tea tree oil in a carrier oil, such as coconut oil or lavender oil, and apply this mixture to the affected area by dipping a cotton ball in the mixture oil and compressing this cotton swab on the boil. Do this several times a day until the boil is gone.
3. Warm Compress
Heat application is very effective against inner thigh boils and abscess. Warm compresses, applied to the affected skin, increase blood circulation and allow the antibodies and white blood cells to fight the infection faster.
For this remedy, soak a cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess water and compress the warm moist cloth over the boil. Do this repeatedly throughout the day until the boil erupts and the pus drains out. Clean the area thoroughly and apply a medicated ointment to prevent any further infection and to help speed up the skin healing process.
Turmeric has antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help to hasten skin healing and also provides relief to skin inflammation. Furthermore, the compound curcumin, in turmeric, also helps relieve swelling and hasten the healing process.
For this turmeric remedy, you should mix turmeric powder with a few drops of castor oil and iodine. Then, add water to the mixture to obtain a paste. Apply this turmeric paste to the boil. Leave for about 15 minutes before washing off.
Neem has natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities. Neem, also known as Indian lilac and margosa, is an effective natural cure for boils on inner thighs. Wash and grind a handful of neem leaves into a paste. You can also add some turmeric powder. Then, apply this paste to the affected area and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this a 2 or 3 times a day.
Another option is to boil some neem leaves in a pan filled with water until most of the water evaporates. Cool and strain the resulting solution. Rinse the affected area with this neem-infused water a few times a day.
6. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt helps bring a boil to the head and speeds the drainage of pus and bacteria. Also Epsom salt being highly absorbent, helps draw out toxins and impurities from the skin. Dissolve about half a cup of Epsom salt in 2 cups of warm water. Then, dip a clean washcloth in the solution and place it on your boil. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat a few times daily until the boil begins to drain.
Alternatively, take a sitz bath in warm water mixed with a cup of Epsom salt. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily for a few days.
Cornmeal is a simple remedy that comes in handy when you need a quick and simple way of getting rid of a boil on your inner thigh. This is because cornmeal has a high absorptive property that would help in drying off the boil. For this remedy, make a poultice of cornmeal paste by mixing cornmeal powder with a small quantity of water to make a paste. Then wrap this paste around the boil with a poultice.
Garlic is another effective remedy against boils and easy to use too. Gently crush 2 to 3 garlic cloves to extract the juice. Then, apply the garlic juice to the boil and leave it on for a few minutes. Perform this remedy once or twice a day.
Alternatively, You could make a paste from crushed garlic and turmeric powder and apply the paste to the boil. Leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat a few times a day. This will help inhibit any infection and speed up the healing process.
9. Milk Cream
Milk cream is another potent poultice for boils. This is because milk cream softens the surface of the boil till the head breaks and the pus flow out. Simply apply some fresh milk cream to the boil. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before washing off. Repeat a few times daily until you are satisfied with the results.
Another option is to mix, together, 1 teaspoon each of milk cream and white vinegar with some turmeric powder. Apply this paste to the affected skin. Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Repeat a few times a day. This will help speed up the healing process and reduce the chance of infection.
10. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is another potent remedy for alleviating a boil on your inner thigh due to ACV’s antimicrobial and antiseptic properties that helps inhibit infections. For this remedy, apple cider vinegar should be diluted and applied to the boil with the aid of a cotton swab. You should perform this treatment several times a day until the boil opens up and dries.
Toothpaste, preferably herbal toothpaste, is one of the most readily available yet most effective home remedy, to quickly get rid of boils and pimples. Put some toothpaste directly on the boils and leave on for two hours. Then, rinse off and apply again. Anticipate positive results as soon as the following day.
Wonder how potatoes can help cure boil and abscess? Potatoes have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that help curtail infections around the boil. Furthermore, potatoes contain vitamins and minerals like phosphorus, iron, calcium, manganese, and magnesium that nourish the skin. Potatoes would not only cure your boils, they would help your skin stay healthy too.
For this remedy, slice a potato and gently rub some slices of the potato on the boils. Repeat this treatment several times a day. Alternatively, you could squeeze out the potato juice. Then, apply this juice to the boil through the use of a cotton swab. Do this several times a day.
13. Aloe Vera Gel
Aloe Vera is known for its healing properties, which treats many conditions, including boils. Break open a leaf of aloe vera then apply the gel to the boil on your inner thigh. Leave the gel to dry. Apply repeatedly until boil dries up.
Echinacea has immunity-boosting properties that enhance the body’s response to different infections including abscess and boil. Drinking echinacea tea would help the body in fighting the boils and eliminating any harmful bacteria from the body. To make the echinacea tea, add the echinacea herb to a cup of hot water and let the herb steep for a few minutes. Strain and drink this herbal tea when warm.
15. Black Seed Oil
Black Seed Oil is derived from the Nigella sativa seed which is also known as black seed. Black Seed Oil’s antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties make it very useful in treating boils. For this natural treatment, add the oil to your beverage of choice and drink it. Fruit juices or green tea are the preferred options for the beverage.
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