Monday, 3 June 2013

Boil and Skin Abscess: How to Treat Boils and Abscesses

Having a boil or skin abscess is not an unusual event, but a rather frequent event that could happen at any time. Contrary to popular belief, boils and skin abscesses are not unique to people who live in crowded and less sanitary conditions or people on immuno-suppressing medications but could happen to anyone.

A boil or skin abscess normally starts out as a swollen, hard and red area of the skin  that gradually becomes soft and tender as it fills up with pus. It then forms a "head" which usually marks the point at which the boil or abscess is ready to be drained.

A boil or skin abscess can be caused by the following:

  • In-growing hair.
  • The presence of a splinter of foreign material in the skin.
  • Plugged sweat glands that become infected.
  • Infected cuts and scrapes on the skin.
There are several remedies for boils and skin abscesses and the most popular ones are outlined below.

Hot Packs

This is the most common home remedy. Apply a heat to the area usually increases blood flow to the area. Increasing blood flow means more white blood cells are able to get to the area and fight off any infections causing the boil or skin abscess.

Heat Lotions

Using heat lotions such as Deep Heat rub, Mentholatum and Aloe Heat Lotion can relieve the pain associated with boils and skin abscesses as well as precipitate treatment. The principle here is the same as applying a hot pack. These lotions reduce inflammation or the area as well as increase blood flow to the area.


Yes, saliva!! Believe it or not I have used this method since I was a kid but it only works if you identify the boil or skin abscess in its very early stage. Saliva contains antibacterial compunds IgA and lysozymes which when applied directly on the area may stop the bacterial infection. This method however is not 100% effective.

Pharmaceutical Antibiotics

Pharmaceutical antibiotics are effective against bacteria infections and treating boils and abscesses. However, pharmaceutical antibiotics are not given in every situation due to the fear that taking them regularly can lead to an increase in antibiotic resistant bacteria strains.

Based on the side effects of pharmaceutical antibiotics, it is logical to turn to natural antibiotics as they are as effective but without the side effects.
The section below will explain how exactly I treat any boils or abscess using natural products.

Forever Garlic-Thyme, Aloe Propolis Creme, Forever Bee Propolis

Forever Bee Propolis

Propolis is a sticky resin collected by bees and they use it as a sealant for small gaps within the hive. Its antibiotic properties are so powerful that a beehive is said to be safer than most operating rooms.
100% natural with no added preservatives or artificial colours, Forever Bee Propolis strengthens and supports the body's immune system.

  • Chew 2 tablets with each meal. Therefore at least 4 a day.

Forever Garlic-Thyme

As the name suggests, this product contains both garlic and thyme. 
In 1858, the famous Louis Pasteur proved that garlic is an effective antibiotic. Garlic contains an active ingredient called allicin which is a very powerful bacteria-fighting agent. It is the main active ingredient in this product and it is effective in fighting bacteria in the bloodstream, bowels and kin.

Thyme on the other hand is rich in a substance called thymol which acts as a powerful antiseptic with antibacterial properties and also acts as an antioxidant.
  • Take 2 tablets with every meal.

Aloe Propolis Creme

This product contains propolis which I described above and also Aloe Vera gel. It also contains antioxidants in the form of vitamin A and E. 
Aloe propolis creme will reduce the inflammation of the boil/ abscess and soothe the pain. It also helps in fighting against infection in the boil/ abscess.
  • Apply on the boil/abscess at least 3 times a day. Let it be absorbed into the skin before wearing any clothing.
So there you have it. That is how I treat my boils or abscesses. A combination of either Forever Bee Propolis or Forever Garlic-Thyme with Aloe Propolis Creme does the trick.

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