Boils.. Anyone?

Lounge By trishalynn0708 Updated 15 Nov 2008 , 2:56pm by mixinvixen

trishalynn0708 Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 2:32pm
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Okay. I have a Boil, I am not going to say where (so embarrassing) but does anyone else get these? If so what do you do for them to get rid of them? I have been putting Hot water cloths on it threw out the day and it helps for a little bit but just wondering if anyone else had this problem and what you did..


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Kiddiekakes Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 3:01pm
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I got boils on my stomache right after my son was born...hormones...anyway I bathed in warm baths with epsom salts or baking soda..You may have to get it lanced at the Dr.'s once it forms a head.You can also sqeeze it yourself but make sure you have clean sterile gauze etc...and alcohol to keep it bacteria free.Not much else you can do except wait...

jjkarm Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 3:26pm
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I had one when I was about 12. It was on the back on my ear lobe.....kind of a strange place. icon_confused.gificon_confused.gificon_confused.gif I tried to wait and see if it would come to a head or something but it never did. It was very large and anytime it was touched or bumped it hurt like crazy!!! I ended up going to the doctor and haviang it lanced. It healed up very well and I haven't had any more since.

Callyssa Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 3:49pm
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I had one on my....well, maybe the same place as you! when I was little. I vividly remember my mom using a pin to pop it, and squeeze like a pimple. That's basically what it is just a LOT bigger and more painful! She did that several times until it formed a head and once she got that little hard part out (I know, TMI, sorry) it went away. I've never had one since, but my poor grandma used to get them under her bra line frequently. The epsom salts is a good thing, as well as a triple antibiotic. I know there used to be some kind of black salve my dad used to help draw out splinters and such, and I think that might help draw it to a head also, but it sounds like you're kind of in a predicament in the "location" it's in! You may have to get some help! I'm so sorry for you!

CreationsByCaryl Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 3:52pm
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Boil Ease baby! At the drug store next to the hemroid creams.

At least it kills the pain while you're waiting for it to absorb away. (we use it here on jellyfish stings icon_smile.gif )

sillyjodes Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 10:12pm
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Hi, I'm sending healing thoughts your way as we have been through the plague of boils as well. I'll pass on some things I learned researching.
1. The bacteria that causes boils can live in your nose. So, you need to kill it there so you don't have repeating boils. I use MelaGel by Melaleuca, but you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to KY Jellly and swab the inside of each nostril daily for 2 weeks. It burns like crazy, but it gets rid of the bacteria.
2. The bacteria can also survive in drains. So pour some bleach down all the drains in your house.
3. Garlic, tumeric, and corriander are all great immune boaster, so load up in your foods.
Best of luck,

marknelliesmum Posted 10 Nov 2008 , 10:34pm
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What about a good old fashioned poultice? Here are a few i found on google but there are many more.

Soap poultice. Grate a bar of brown or yellow soap such as Sunlight, add a little sugar, moisten and tie over boil to draw.

# Bread and milk poultice. Break bread into small pieces and moisten with milk and tie to area to draw out the infection.

# Bacon rind. Tie a piece of bacon rind over the boil or other infected area with the skin side of the rind on the outside. This will really draw out the infection.

cmp24 Posted 11 Nov 2008 , 5:13am
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When dealing with a boil don't squeeze it like you would a pimple. It actually pushes the head down and not out. My youngest son just recently had one, the dr said warm wash cloths as much as possible, and warm baths. When trying to "squeeze" the the boil, actually press down on the sides of the boil to open the boil that way. The dr said it puts more pressure on it, and after 1 day of warm wash cloths it had a nice head on it, and we did it the way the dr said to open it, and it came right out.

adonisthegreek1 Posted 12 Nov 2008 , 11:46pm
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I think you should go to the doctor. I had one after my daughter was born. It was extremely painful. I went to the doctor and he had to lance it. He did send a sample in for tests and everything was fine.

tchrmom Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 1:39am
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If the home remedies work, great. Do NOT wait long, however. Go to the doctor if you need to, because this could be staph-- even MRSA, which is the methicillin-resistant kind. (There are other antibiotics that will work, however.) I had this recently-- twice. The second time was about a week after I was cleared from the first. It's really painful. The lancing was not fun, but it really does help-- in fact it can be considered a treatment even without meds. Just be careful, and good luck.

KathyB101 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 3:41pm
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Hello, I feel your pain..I had one myself it was a few years ago..My mom and grandmother tried the old homemade methods to help me, hot compresses,soaking,aspirin to no avail..I just kept feeling worse. I developed a fever with chills. I had to go to the doctor, he called mine a "cyst" with infection. He lanced it, did a biopsy, placed me on antibiotics for a few days. I started to feel better the minute the Doctor lanced it, the release of the pressure. I had to go back to see the Doctor when I finnished the antibotics for a checkup. I felt weak and tired, this was from the infection going out of my system. I missed two weeks of work. My Doctor told me the strangest thing...but it made alot of sense..Anytime you have a Boil or Cyst it is your body's best work...removing an infection from your system at a specific site. If I were you I would make an appt. to see your Doctor and get his opinion, I am not saying you have what I had, not the same. But a Boil can make you feel yucky!!!...Feel better and take care of yourself...Always.KathyB

juleskaye518 Posted 13 Nov 2008 , 4:48pm
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I used to get them on the back of my knees. Talk about wierd. My mom would do the HOT compress then tie a string arounf the open head and pull the thing out. MMMMMM, yummy.

dedra_w_1980 Posted 14 Nov 2008 , 1:44am
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We deal with this in my clinic all the time. If you get them on a regular basis you really need to get lab work done. Getting boils on a regular basis is a sign of Diabetes. Just that helpful advice. Also just like everyone is saying hot compresses on it for a day. If you can go to you physician, its a sterile environment and less prone to catching bacteria. Make sure everything the use is sterile and make them check for Staph, just to make sure its not MRSA. They will numb you and then lance it and get out as much as possible then if the whole is big enough it will probably need to be packed. You will definitely need antibiotics. HTH~Dedra~

angelatx Posted 14 Nov 2008 , 3:30am
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i got one on my butt kinda low... ok i know kinda personal, but i can imagine thats where she might have hers and i just took hot baths with knees raised, used a heating pad when i was laying down and it popped on its own. so gross! goodluck hope it goes away soon! sorry you have to go through it tho. be well. icon_biggrin.gificon_smile.gif

costumeczar Posted 14 Nov 2008 , 11:03pm
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I used to get them all the time when I was a kid, but not recently. Back then you had to do the hot-rag and lancing routine, but they have medicines for them now. If you get another one, go to the doctor and get some bactroban, which is an anti-staph. Thank God for that, I wish it had been around when I was little!

dedra_w_1980 Posted 15 Nov 2008 , 4:59am
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Originally Posted by costumeczar

I used to get them all the time when I was a kid, but not recently. Back then you had to do the hot-rag and lancing routine, but they have medicines for them now. If you get another one, go to the doctor and get some bactroban, which is an anti-staph. Thank God for that, I wish it had been around when I was little!

Bactroban is an anitibotic ointment. It's used in many cases not just for staph. Nothing can prevent Staph, it's on your skin and under your fingernails, just different people are more prone to getting them. African Americans are more suseptible to getting staph than anyone. We use bactroban for everything in our clinic from toenail removals to lacerations, to lancing boils.

costumeczar Posted 15 Nov 2008 , 1:52pm
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All I know is that when I was a kid there was no prescription for it, but now they can give you the bactroban...It's much easier than the cut-it-open-and-lance-it method of treatment!

mixinvixen Posted 15 Nov 2008 , 2:56pm
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i am currently using bactroban 3 times a day on an abscess that wouldn't go away for over 2 1/2 months, yet never would progress either. the doctor said if it's not gone in a week or two, make sure to come back so they can do a culture. while embarrasing, it can also be you shouldn't take it lightly.

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