Main Article on Boils Question: What kinds of treatments have been effective for your boils? Submit Your Comment Comment from: Magg, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 01 I have recently discovered that black castor oil is an amazing treatment for boils. It draws them out and eases the pain. I put a dab on a cotton ball and apply with medical tape and leave on overnight. I change it daily until healed. I suffered for years with this and black castor oil has helped more than anything ever! I am starting curcumin supplements for the staph today. Comment from: Jaide, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 18 I have been getting boils weekly for about 5 years now. I have found that Clearasil rapid action treatment lotion works the best. If you put it on the boils every couple of hours and stop any friction, it will be almost completely gone within 24 hours. It is definitely a lifesaver for me. You can get it at Walmart and Amazon. Hope this helps someone. Comment from: Sammie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 26 I've had boils on my labia for the last 2 years. I've always had one, as it heals a bit another pops up. The last one was 3 in x 1 in and hurt when I walked and was brutal when I sat. I read something about Claritin and I tried it. In a couple hours it burst. I have one on the other side now and I took a Claritin and again after about 3 hours, it burst. I am a medical practitioner and thought this was coincidence until my husband had one on his scrotum and in 2 hours it burst. I don’t know how it works but it does! Comment from: Cy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 23 I have had reoccurring boil for the past 7 years in my inner thigh, where the pant line is. I have tried antibiotics but it hasn't helped in any way, so what I do now is use warm compress to help with the popping. But having this boil has really been painful. Ibuprofen does help with the pain too. Comment from: dye avoider, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 18 I have long suffered with boils for many years since around age 10. If I'm lucky, a hot compress will work but many times I've had to do the emergency room experience. When I was 18 I found out I was allergic to red dye 40, and I do everything I can to avoid this dye. Since cutting that out of my diet, no more boils. Occasionally I will mess up and something slips by, and bam, a big fat boil pops up. Red 40 is in so much stuff, I read labels like a hawk and can spot it in a flash now. Comment from: Lubbock806, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: March 10 I know most are going to blow this off or pass up since it may not be an instant cure, but please look into leaky gut syndrome. I'll leave it at that. Not hard to imagine the relationship with boils. Comment from: Courts, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: December 03 So glad I found this. I’ve been getting boils recently, but have not been to my doctor yet as I thought it must be normal, but I’ve also been really depressed about it. I honestly got to the point today where I thought I couldn’t handle it anymore, so I wanted to just end it all. I’m so paranoid about it and I tried everything; ointment, hot cloths, changed my underwear, baggy clothes. I don’t know what to do, but all this helped. Comment from: Blinkdabest, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: November 14 I used to get boils down by my tailbone. I would go to the hospital, get it drained and a week later it was there again. This hurt so much I could not sit down. It was literally a pain in the backside! So finally a smart doctor came out and said I'm going to keep getting boils until I go to a special doctor and they take the head out (root) and after that I haven't had a boil since, thank goodness! Comment from: Glad2help76, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 24 I don't get boils often but when I do I take a tablespoon of activated charcoal, mix it to 8 oz. glass of water. I drink it in the day and then by the evening I take a hot bath with bubbles from Dr. Bronner's Castile soap with tea tree or Dr Teal's ginger clay Epsom salt or bath bubbles, and soak for 45 minutes to an hour. Both options give full relief within 48 hours. Minimal scarring, boil will burst and excrete toxins. Also the Neosporin and Band-Aid option is great for small or beginning stages. Comment from: SusieQ, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 19 I’ve been getting boils for about ten years now. I switched from the girly body washes I’d use to antibacterial Dial soap. I’ve pretty much been boil-free since. This was seven years ago. I was getting them mainly at the base of my spine and in my armpit. Also, drawing salve really works. It’s this black paste that you put on a boil to draw out the infection. I used it once and it did work well. Good luck! QUESTION Ringworm is caused by a fungus. See Answer Comment from: fluffy2113, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: September 13 This might seem weird but if you feel the boil coming on use Colgate triple action or smart foam toothpaste or breath strip toothpaste. Take a piece of gauze and squeeze it on there. And let it sit for 20 minutes and wash it off. Do it 2 or 3 times as often as you like it, it will take the pain away. That’s the inflammation in the boil. Comment from: Bcg3, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 10 I just got my first boil and it appeared on my buttocks. It started small and seemed to grow large and angry overnight. Super painful! I decided to go the homeopathic route and I’m glad I did! The product I used is called Prid. Bought it at a grocery store, but you can also get it on Amazon. It doesn’t smell great, but it works! My boil started to reduce within 24 hours and it helped with pain! I applied 3 times a day and took ibuprofen. Four days later, it’s almost gone and way less tender! Comment from: Anonymous , 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: September 04 I have been getting boils for a few years now. Tea tree spray is the only thing that has reduced my boils. They make aerosol cans which is more hygienic since you don’t have to touch your skin. Don’t use too much, or it will make it worse. Spray a thin layer all over if you have large areas that are affected (buttock, legs, etc.). Wear clean clothes every day, change sheets often, use disinfectant in the washing machine, cover open boils and use an antibacterial wash every day. Hope this helps. Comment from: Ss, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: June 26 Every time I shave I get boils soon after. I recently discovered that Epsom salt works wonders. I apply it to the white part of the bandage and just stick it down. It will drain within hours, remove the swelling and the dark spot that comes with them. I’ve found this to be very effective. Comment from: Colleen, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 19 I have boils on my face (at least 3 to 12 per year) and have been recently diagnosed with perioral dermatitis. My first boil was 1 year after my daughter was born at the age of 25 and I am now 56. I have been on every antibiotic and my dermatologist has even injected antibiotics into my boils to help with the pain. I tried gluten free diets and many elimination diets, ace washes, creams and supplements, no help. Comment from: Dragonblueeyes24, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 16 I suffer from boils too, I have found a cream called Boil-Ease, and it works great. Shrinks the boil in a day or two. I also switched to guys’ boxer briefs. Comment from: Roxy W, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 06 The only substance that has helped me with a boil, in a very inconvenient place on my body, is a supplement called OregaBiotic by North American Herb and Spice. It is a capsule that you take orally 1, 2, or 3 times a day; I take 1 capsule two times a day and I'm 124 lb. My boil shrunk and felt much better in just days. Although, not completely gone (yet), it stays very small and mostly pain-free unless agitated. I've found the best prices on eBay, and/or Amazon for this product. Comment from: Katieeew, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 26 I have been getting boils and cystic acne since I was in my early 20s. I'm not sure how old this post is but I just ran across it now that I'm dealing with boils in the area that my pants rest. I've always found that Campho-Phenique helps majorly! Comment from: michele, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 10 I have been getting boils since I was 18 years old. They are very painful and ugly. As a teenager I was embarrassed and very depressed over this. I am now 60 years old and still getting them on my inner thighs, buttocks, and by my vagina. They have left scars, which are not pretty. I work in a pharmacy for 20 years. The only thing that helps is a prescription for clindamycin, or doxycycline. These are antibiotics. Also washing with Hibiclens daily and putting white vinegar on a cotton ball on affected boil helps. I hope this information will help others. Comment from: Lilly, Female (Patient) Published: October 05 I stopped all sugar and chocolate. I loaded up on broccoli and my boils seem to disappear in a few days. I also took multivitamin with B that also seems to help. SLIDESHOW Rosacea, Acne, Shingles, Covid-19 Rashes: Common Adult Skin Diseases See Slideshow Comment from: I hate Boils, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: August 25 I been suffering from boils for the last 2 years, on my face, head, ears and nose which I find are the most painful. Also my stomach a few times, armpit once and arm once. Oh, and my eyes too. I have been getting them a lot this summer, I think because of overworking and my immune system being down. I stopped rubbing my eyes and I don't get them there anymore. I have a feeling I carry the bacteria on my fingertips. I find the best solution is the antibiotics as my boils tend to get golf ball size; as well as washing my hands and I don't touch them. I only apply some turmeric paste and a hot towel. I recently got a prescribed ointment, I'll see how that works. Comment from: Albie, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 23 I have been having recurring boils on my inner thighs. I have tried everything but it keeps coming. First it comes with a head and now nothing at all, just hard and itchy but doesn't grow. I need help. Comment from: Watch-4-Me, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 10 Well, I've never taken any kind of medication or seen any doctors about any of these issues. I heal the boils all naturally by making sure my diet is healthy and the skin is clean, and by taking a salt bath you can overcome the odd boil. Comment from: Sondahr, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09 I have horrible problems with boils. Not only are they very painful they also affect me mentally. My boils are in the groin area, more specifically 90% of them are on my left labia over to the area where the elastic of my panties lays. I have 7 at last count. I've been suffering with these for 25 years. I've followed all the directions my doctors have given me to treat them. I even had 2 drained on the same day without any anesthetic. I nearly passed out from the pain. My doctor packed the draining boils with gauze and sent me home. The next month they were back again. I am at a point where I don't know what to do anymore. I don't have much faith in doctors as far as treating boils goes. The boils can be so very painful when they flair up that I cannot sit down without doing it very, very gingerly. It's agony to even move at times. I wish I had a magic wand. Comment from: ms miss, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17 I’ve had boils my whole life and they seem to get worse. I’ve always felt like there was something wrong with me, but it is normal for some people. The quickest way I’ve found to get rid of them is some antibiotic ointment and a bandage, and let it do the rest. Comment from: gracinuwitknowledge, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28 I'll get annoying little boils here and there, maybe like once a year. I'll have one or two usually at the same time. I'm not as patient as most. I wait for the pus to come to the head, and I'll take a hot washcloth, some hydrogen peroxide and alcohol, and I'll take a safety pin, stick it in the alcohol, and shove it in the top part to pop it. I’ll squeeze all the skin all around it until all that nasty stuff comes out, and I'll keep pouring hydrogen peroxide on it at the same time. When it’s all over, bleeding and all, I'll alcohol swab it and – Bam! Two days later, it’s almost as if I never had one. Good luck! I hate these things. Published: August 27 Since I was a teenager, I have gotten boils at least once a month on my inner thighs. I have found the best way to deal with them is hot compresses, gauze, and a good anti-bacterial soap and topical cream. I recently had a rather large one (the size of a golf ball, maybe slightly larger) and had to go to the local ER to have it lanced. The doctor lanced it, wrapped it in non adhesive gauze and told me to take a lukewarm sitz bath three times a day, wash it with antibacterial soap. He gave me two prescriptions for antibiotics (Keflex and Bactrim) along with a mild painkiller. I've never had a boil this large or this painful before, so we shall see. Published: August 27 My daughter is 20 mos old and she just got another boil/abscess. This will be her 3rd one. The first two were on her butt and this new one is on her belly, she been getting them since she was 9mos. they start out small, like a bug bite. or pimple. and within days it will get bigger and redder. To drain them I found that (this part hurts the most) taking a warm/hot cloth and some fresh ginger seems to help pull the puss out. Then we take a trip to the doctors as well. Comment from: Doug, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 25 I found out using a hot tea bag works for boils. Comment from: Sarah, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 27 I was diagnosed with a skin disease in 2018 where I get boils all the time, but I have one now, a bad one under my breast. The odor is so bad, a lot worse than all the other boils I've had. Yes, it's probably infected, but I can't go on antibiotics due to my other 2 diseases, so not sure what to do. I have to keep changing my shirt, my bedding, and keep a Band-Aid on it but the odor is so bad I can still smell it through the Band-Aid. Now I've been throwing up all night and this morning. Comment from: hudnallboo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14 I found that ibuprofen helps with the horrible pain. Comment from: Hopeful, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 20 I'm 21 years old and I have been constantly dealing with these things. I usually get two or three a month. They started off appearing on my arm pits, then they move to my buttocks, and now they show up on my groin area. Last summer I had one about the size of a golf ball and had to go to the ER. It is the ONLY time i have gone to the hospital for this and let me tell you, it was the most painful thing I have ever endured! This one was on my right panty line. After getting it lanced I haven't had any more problems from that side. It seems as though the trouble moved to the left side. I currently have one and I'm worried it is turning into an abscess. The only times I do not get boils is when I eat raisins, bananas, or yogurt on a daily basis. I start this diet and I'm usually boil free until I haven't eaten these things for a couple weeks. I also use a wash called Hibiclens (may have spelled it wrong) and it help clears things up within a week. Comment from: hockey, 13-18 Female (Patient) Published: May 07 I have carbuncles a form of boils. I have had them since I have started menstruating. I found that if you put a warm tea bag on the area it will drain and pull the poison out of it. Comment from: rarrowood549, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 22 I am so glad I found this review. I have boils and was so ashamed to tell anyone. I am a diabetic woman in my fifties. I talked to my doctor today with little relief. I have tried everything. At times, it’s almost too much to bear, especially if you work on a public job. Thank all of you who gave remedies. I will try them. Comment from: communicator, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: January 21 I have found that by treating the boil when it first appears with white spirit usually gets rid of it almost immediately. Comment from: Pdb, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 11 I have diabetes and the boils are plentiful. I can’t find a reasonable way to get rid of them. Comment from: Boil Killer, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: January 08 I have been suffering from boils under my arms for the past 10 years, after using my mother's deodorant ONCE. She left it at my house and I thought it smelled better than mine, I later found out that she too suffers from boils under her arms and in the groin area. After so many years of being ashamed to wear sleeveless tops, or getting close to anyone because of the scars and embarrassment, I did a little research and found that turmeric (yes the spice!) helps very well. You can make a paste and apply it directly to the boil and it will bring it to a head and drain it within hours. I was so impressed I started adding it to my tea and sipping on it to help keep the boils away. Comment from: boil ibs foodallergy, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: December 28 I've noticed a significant reduction in boils when I changed my diet over a long period. No more onions, garlic, grains, little ground beef, etc. and when even some random or cross contamination of my food happens with these and other allergens of mine, I break out in large painful, pus-filled boils quite quickly. I take antihistamine pills and they go away, as do my other symptoms such as swollen stomach, acid reflux, diarrhea, arthritis-like pains and swelling, foggy brain, on and on... Comment from: evelatte, Published: November 30 For the treatment of boils, applying an aloe gel at the first sign of the boil has helped me with pain. After doing this, the boil goes away much faster. Comment from: (Caregiver) Published: November 02 I have found that using just a little tea tree oil on a boil a couple times a day will make it go away. It is a great antiseptic. Comment from: 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 28 I too, am a constant complainer of boils. I am extreme everywhere, I have had liposuction to the underside of my skin to get rid of all the tunnels that lead from one to the other and had big success in that. I also had them cut out the sweat glands under one arm. That just left a scar 4 inches long and almost an inch wide. No sucess there. I currently had some great news and want to share. Look up biological response therapy. Don't bother with anibiotics, ask for anti inflammatories. It's an inflammed hair folicle which most of you know and will keep them down. After all this time and looking up the biological response therapy and the missing parts of the immune system that fights off the boils it all makes sense. Good luck to you all. Comment from: acen, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 28 I got boils for first time, and it is inside in the tip of the nose.It is very painful and I asked the pharmacist for medicine over the counter. He gave me Benzocaine 20% ointment and seems to work for the pain at least a little bit. I can not use any of your advice, due to the the location of my boils. Published: October 13 For those of you suffering from recurring boils on your behind area, please go to a colorectal surgeon and ask about "fistula." A fistula could be the underlying cause of your boil, or "abscess." Even though you treat an abscess (by lancing it), it won't necessary solve the underlying problem if you have one (a fistula). Look it up online, and please ask a surgeon about it. There are various treatments for fistulas to prevent abscesses from recurring. Best of luck! Comment from: Patti O, 65-74 Female Published: October 06 I too have had several boils for past 10 yrs. They are mostly along my pantyline and under my arm. I have been to a dermatologist and he says could keep them away by staying on a low dose antibiotic forever!!! No thank you! Also could have surgery and cut out the cores! What I have found to be somewhat effective is using a infra-red light bulb. My husband fixed one on a device that I can plug in the wall and I lay on the bed ane point towards my groin and arm area. You must be faithful and do it morning and night for quite awhile. The infra-red bulb actually heats as far down into your skin as 3 inches and will eventually detroy the virus deep down. There are also infra-red saunas that can be purchased or even built where you sit in and get the toxins out of you body. A regular sauna does not get that deep down as does the infra-red. I also feel its the healthier way. I have gotten rid of several like this but unfortunately they can reappear if you don't keep doing the infra-red indefinitely. Hope this might help someone out there as I know what you are going through!! Comment from: healthybychoice, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 06 I have the tendency to experience boils in the groin area and under my arms. I'm an active person, so I suspect the frequency can be associated with sweating and/or ingrown hairs. I use a hot compress every few hours to allow the boil to rise to a "head", before trying to drain it myself. If the boil persists, I'll visit my dermatologist. I have experienced boils that were so stubborn a doctor visit was necessary. I notice that if I drink more water and take vitamins regularly, the number of boil incidents are reduced. Comment from: northendpalace, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16 I had a boil that I had lanced at the doctors office. It was in between my breast. It left a small spot and I was suppose to go and have it taken out in the hospital. I hate hospitals. 2 years later I got hit with a wave at the beach and it woke it up. In three days it was really sore and tender. By the 7th day I applied head as it was getting red and sore but no head. On the 12th day I took granulated garlic and water and made a paste, put it on the boil and covered it with a 3x3 non stick gauge pad. I could feel it working immediately. Within hours the pain was less and the boil was shrinking. I continued to apply the garlic mix 3 times that day. At night I covered it with neosporin and sleep really good for once. It had been so painful before I couldnt go another night! The next day I again put the garlic mix on and by the afternoon I could see a head starting to form. It seems that the garlic is good for drawing but it also is a natural antibiotic against bacteria and fungus so what better remedy. No side affects and no eating yogurt to replace the destroyed flora in the gut like antibiotics do. I will never go to the doctor again!!! Try it out, it really works well. Comment from: Hiddenposion, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 16 Here is my story about boils: I had my first boil lanced at age 16 and have been going through every procedure ever since. I am now 50-something and now they are so bad that I have them in several places at once: under an arm, under my breast, on the buttocks, the belly… But the main area they have settled in is my inner thigh and the panty-line area, where I have four active heads that are all draining and very painful. I have seen doctor after doctor; I've been referred to a dermatologist who referred me to a plastic surgeon who states my boils are growing on a loop and recommends surgery to remove all the cores and let them totally drain. I continue to take antibiotics, use antibiotic soaps and creams. I have noticed that sodas or acidic or sugary foods and drinks will bring one on within 24 hours. The best draining agent I've found after the old home remedy of fat-off steak is the inside membrane of an eggshell and high-alkaline water , or a cabbage leaf with a hot compress on top - boy will that pull out the poison. Best luck to all, please share if any cure is found. Comment from: seansgurl, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 07 My fiance has gotten one a year for five years. Over the last 4 weeks he has had 3: two on his rib cage within two inches of each other and one on his wrist. These are very painful spots. He just keeps them covered with a sterile non stick patch covered with triple-antibiotics and within 10 days they are draining, but he always gets this core that’s semi-solid and when pulled out there is left a hole in his skin that he covers the same.