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Home Remedy for Removing a Boil

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Megan Smith has been a freelance writer and editor since 2006. She writes about health, fitness, travel, beauty and grooming topics for various print and Internet publications. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in writing from New York University.
Home Remedy for Removing a Boil
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If you notice a red, painful lump on your skin's surface that appears to be full of pus or fluid, you may have a boil. A boil is a skin growth that is generally caused by a Staph infection, says the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. If your doctor approves, you can treat a boil yourself with home remedies. If your boil looks infected or severe, your doctor may choose to treat it in his office.

Step 1

Wet a washcloth with warm water and apply it directly to the boil, recommends MotherNature.com. Keep the washcloth on the boil for about 30 minutes four times a day, and continue until the boil forms a head filled with pus.

Step 2

Sterilize a needle with rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, then carefully poke a small hole in the tip of the boil. Gently press on either side of the boil until it drains completely.

Step 3

Take showers instead of baths to keep the boil from getting infected and spreading the infection to other parts of the body. If a boil is open, it is possible that the Staph infection could spread to other parts of the body.

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Step 4

Cover the open boil with a bandage during the day to keep the area clean and to prevent the fluid coming out of the boil from getting on your clothing.

Step 5

Continue to apply warm compresses for three days after opening the boil so it can drain completely. Draining the boil is crucial to help it heal quickly and without infection.

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