Main Article on Boils Question: Did you have any complications from your boils? Please describe your experience with boils. Submit Your Comment Comment from: Susan, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27 I never had a boil before but all of a sudden, last week, I got seven, several on each cheek of my bottom. One of these beauties, in an extremely sensitive place, became irritated by my underwear. The next morning it was the size of a large lemon and excruciating! I soaked in a bath with 2 cups of Epsom salt which finally, after two days, started the draining process. It's taken five miserable days so far and isn't finished yet. Thick bloody goo. I've had to work the whole time. Horrible! Comment from: C.C.Christopher, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: May 26 It’s been almost one year now since I got a boil on my left arm. It popped, but it doesn't want to heal. Recently, I started using penicillin ointment and antibiotics, and it has started healing though it still has a lump. And it has started giving me serious pains especially at night. I don’t know what to do. Comment from: Benjamin z, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 25 After eating garlic I have been experiencing boils all over my body. I am wondering if this means I am allergic to garlic. Comment from: Enoelle, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 08 This is the second that I’ve gotten a boil but the first was on my inner thigh, a couple years back. This was is on my buttocks close to my anus. Hurts terribly. I’m pretty sure this was from being lazy and not showering after working out. It came on 2 days ago, now sits started oozing blood, and it hurts so bad, ouch! Using a lot of home remedies, using onion peel, which actually works, going to try turmeric paste and see how that works. Been soaking in Epsom salts, and tried Ichthammol ointment too. Comment from: Mr Empey , 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: November 26 I had boils on the inside of my buttock cleft. It was infected and popped. I cleaned it, but now I’m nauseous, throwing up, and feel sick; not sure if this is normal. Comment from: Bholanath M, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: September 22 I am affected with summer boils when the climate is very hot. My boils appear on my palm. Comment from: M P, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 15 I started getting boils after eating serrano pepper for the first time. I developed leaky gut syndrome and can no longer eat any nightshade vegetables. When I got a boil I would write down what I ate the days before the boil formed and it always included nightshade veggies. I stopped eating nightshades and no longer got boils. The best treatments for me was lots of hot showers, warm compress, drawing salve and NSAID medicines. I would suggest to start a food diary to see if you may find a trigger. Comment from: Bren, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: November 13 If I may suggest, many of you with boils can be suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa. It is inflammation under your skin. A lot of doctors are not very well informed. Ask your dermatologist to diagnose you and look it up. It's very painful. A lot of triggers are different for people according to our diet. I too have suffered a lot because of this disease. I currently use baking soda and water in the shower to prevent the inflammation. I use under my arms and between thighs. I use Prid too. Comment from: Dolly, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 05 I have struggled with boils all of my life. To keep them away, bathe everyday with about a half a cup of bleach in the bath. Use your finger or Q-Tip to wash the inside of your nose with the bath water. The bacteria lives inside your nose. When you get one, cut a raw potato thin and but on top of the boil. You can tape it on or put it on clothing to help hold it on. Usually clears it up in 24 to 48 hours. Repeat as needed until it goes away. Comment from: AlwaysBadTiming, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 17 I got this boil 5 days ago. Looks to be massive. I am dreading my 2.5 hour flight home. I have it on my left buttock, easily baseball size. This one came on fast. Hope it leaves just as fast. No sign of a head, or pus. Just extremely inflamed, and reddish purple in color. Comment from: Betty, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 04 I had boils on the labia and it was painful. It even stopped me from walking for 2 days. I put a warm compress for more than 12 hours, and the pus came out, but it was not drained fully. But I feel good. Now it has started in my buttock and I am trying warm compress. QUESTION Ringworm is caused by a fungus. See Answer Comment from: Coconutxoxo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: July 09 I have never had a boil, I ended up getting one directly on my you know what. I went to the obstetrician/gynecologist, they popped it, and told me to use hot compress. It has now been 3 weeks, and it is excruciating painful. If I touch it at all it pops and shoots bloody pus, no “infection” as it was tested, but it will not go away. I can’t do much because it is in such a sensitive spot. The doctors told me I could make it worse by doing what’s usually recommended (cream, peroxide). At this point I feel helpless. Comment from: Az, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I used to have boils since 18 but they were usually small in size and short lived. Recently I got a huge swelling with multiple heads in the groin area, probably a carbuncle. Hurts like crazy. I took antibiotics which drained only one of them, and now I am planning to go to a doc for the remaining two. Anti-inflammatory medicine (it is called Cataflam in my case) really helps with swelling and pain. Also hot compress gives temporary relief. I'll try the remedies mentioned here though! Comment from: Aj, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 22 I have had this boil on my panty line for months now. I have been to the doctors, had penicillin, but still the boil keeps filling then popping. It just has been itching like crazy and I just keep bathing it with warm water and anti-bacterial soap. It is doing my head in, I don’t know how long these things last and I don't want any more antibiotics. Comment from: It hurts, 35-44 (Patient) Published: January 04 I have been getting really bad boils since I turned 40. And I was miserable. I never knew how bad boils hurt until I got them myself. I tried everything but nothing worked. Until I found draw out salve. It comes in a small orange round can. It is a miracle cream. I use a small amount of that to pull all the infection out. And I use Boil-Ease to help the pain. Those 2 together are amazing. If you haven’t tried it then you are really missing out. I just wish I found them sooner. Comment from: Beebuzz17, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: November 13 I was diagnosed with primary biliary cirrhosis (PBC) 15 years ago after having severe nose bleeds. First thought to be fatty liver but after a liver biopsy it as discovered to be stage 2/3 PBC. I have responded well to Urso 1000 mg twice daily. Recently the itching is terrible. There was a thing about a study for the itching of PBC and I think I am going to try to get into it. I have two doctors that do the blood work and ultra sounds but that's it. I'm 66. Comment from: Maabena, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 29 I had a boil in between my thighs and I popped it out myself to drain the disgusting thing. I was fine afterwards and able to carry out my operational duties. I have had one now on my bikini line. It's getting bigger and bigger. Today is the 5th day and it has left me feverish. It's so painful and I'm in pain now. Comment from: Silence, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 I have been getting boils, one right after the other. I have made multiple trips to the emergency room, multiple doctors, and the inconveniences and pain these nasty things cause are ridiculous. I get them under my arms. Now I'm told that I have hidradenitis suppurativa which is apparently a skin disease, where multiple boils pop up in sweaty hair places on both sides of the body. There is no cure for this. I have tried everything from holding garlic on it or raw aloe vera or extremely hot/cold compresses. Comment from: Marie, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: August 16 I have had boils for as long as I can remember. I have had every test possible to try and find out why I have boils. There are no answers. I have tried all kinds of 'old wives tale' remedies. I never know when a boil may appear. I never know on what part of my body a boil will appear. I feel embarrassed when I have a boil that can be seen by others. I especially hate to have a picture taken on a special occasion in my family and I have a boil on my face. I would not wish boils on my worst enemy, even if I had an enemy. I hope that some day doctors can find a cure. Comment from: Tlyna, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 30 I am 64 now. I do the same things for boils, whiteheads and blackheads, and have for decades. Despite what doctors tell you I have never had a spreading infection from one. I do this the moment I notice them. They always dry up immediately and have left no scarring. I sterilize a needle in alcohol and let it air dry. I then lance the boil or whatever with it and drain the spot as much as possible. I then pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on it let it bubble for a minute or so and then repeat several times over until the bubbling slows then let it air dry. I do not touch it with anything until it has sealed itself. Most of the pain (caused by the pressure) is gone and by the next day the redness is gone and within a few days it looks normal. I do the same with fire ant bites and have no problems with them, no pain, no itching and no scarring and they are gone in no time. SLIDESHOW Rosacea, Acne, Shingles, Covid-19 Rashes: Common Adult Skin Diseases See Slideshow Comment from: Aliyah, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: February 10 I have a boil under my arm, it is quite big and there are three little ones that are now forming to be one. I'm told that my boil will not burst anytime soon for it hasn't shown that little thing that can burst. It really hurts and looks very funny in a bad way. It's been 5 days now. Comment from: Angel, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 19 I have been getting boils on and off for 30 years. I never understood why until about 5 years ago a doctor told me that it was a blood issue and that taking odorless garlic tablets and removing wheat and sugar from my diet would help. It worked! I was boil free for many years but then alas just recently I became weak and ate sugar and wheat and they came back. So I know that it was true. I hope that others try this simple remedy. Comment from: Kacey, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 03 This is my first boil, well I think it’s a boil. It’s a hard lump on my upper buttock cleft. It’s been 3 days but these last two have been the most painful. It’s really bad for me, not sure why I got it. I hope I never get one of these again. Comment from: Latesha25 , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I have a boil on my vaginal area. It is red and painful! Comment from: Latoya, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I have a boil on my vagina lip and my cycle has come down. Comment from: Taa, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 21 Colon hydrotherapy and giving up all dairy keep the boils away. And drink lots of water, no soda! Comment from: sashawna , 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 09 The boil feels like something is in it pulling the skin, it is very large and tender. Comment from: nick, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: October 21 I have been getting boils for about 5 years I've had a total of 56 boils some are worse than others but all still painful the worst ones are the ones I get on my face 18 of them have been on my face the rest all over my body and 2 years ago I had one on my left butt check the size of a baseball. I've found out that a Clorox baths can help to clean your pores and vitamins and boil ease can help with the pain it’s a cream u can get from cvs. When I've taken an antibiotic they have cleared up but always come back I don't wish the pain of boils on anyone because of the pain and embarrassment they cause. But I would really like to find a cure for them because I don't want my son to ever get them. Comment from: redoctbr16, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 06 There’s an ointment called Emuaidmax that is a lifesaver for anyone that has a boil. It’s a bit pricey but, worth every penny! It’s also great for toenails that have fungus. I keep a jar of it on hand at all times for all sorts of issues. It gives immediate relief for boils - even stops them from getting big and swollen if you apply it early on. Try it and you’ll see for yourself! Comment from: JoJo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 31 Please google deficiency and boil, or deficiency and furuncle (or carbuncle), low iron might be one cause. There could be other causes. Comment from: asata, 19-24 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 28 I have had a boil around my vagina twice within three months. Comment from: Tooty, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 14 I have gotten boils lately when I sweat a lot. I tried putting vinegar on a cotton ball and held it on for several minutes and it released the pain and took the swelling down. Comment from: Frahader, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 20 I got one boil on the back of my head. It popped on its own with no pain. Comment from: Izabo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 18 I use to get them all the time when I was a teenager. Always on my inner thigh passing it back and forth because of the way I sleep. I remember the worst one I could not get rid of it. I had it for 3 months and nothing worked. Family went on a vacation to Utah. We went swimming in the Great Salt Lake. The boil was gone and totally healed within 3 days. I never got another one after that, until now, 40 some years later. I think it started out as an ingrown hair. I will try what you have suggested but I'm almost tempted to poor salt on it. Silly me I popped it thinking it was just an ingrown hair. Comment from: joylvzlife, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 05 I have suffered with this painful, nasty secret for 40 years. Today I went out to breakfast. I had one that was so painful. It popped on its own and the beige chair had bloody pus all on the seat. My pants were a mess my husband feels so bad for me. No doctor can stop them. No soap can prevent them. Until today, I thought I was alone. I cry from the pain and the shame. I feel dirty. Comment from: JJ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 02 I suffer from Crohn’s disease and I get boils ever so. Now in panty line area and it’s been draining for almost 2 months. Guess I'll go to doc soon. Comment from: ray, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: February 16 I keep getting boils on my face, forehead, back, abdomen, groin and other places. Comment from: Needhelp, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 13 I have suffered from boils for 10 years and I can't seem to find a good remedy! They are very annoying and very painful! Nothing the doctors have suggested work for me. Comment from: Nelly Clay, 25-34 Female (Caregiver) Published: July 13 I have seen many of my clients who come to see me with very serious complication of boils, very painful and stinging and some cannot help but cry because of the excruciating pain from the boils. At times they bleed furiously. However, most of these cases happen because of someone delaying in administering or even stopping the treatment prematurely. Comment from: sunflower, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: March 15 I have been getting boils for 20 or so years. They are worse in the summer and just before I get my period. I have tried alot of ways to keep them at bay. I get them under my arms and my groin are. They are sometimes very painful. I am sad that other people suffer like me, yet relieved im not alone. I found hot compress works and antibacterial soap helps a little. But they always come back.