What is the treatment for a painful underarm boil?
Although boils can occur on any part of the skin but they tend to occur mostly in regions which are hairy or have friction. The underarm boils may develop due to the following reasons:
- Lack of hygiene
- Excessive sweating
- Shaving and waxing
- Weak immunity
- Build up of toxins in the system.
There are quite a few home remedies that may be helpful in ripening an underarm boil. This can help one in avoiding the painful lancing, which is a minor surgery that requires medical intervention.
The following remedial measures can be taken for getting rid of the underarm boils:
- A carrot poultice can help the underarm boil to suppurate quickly. To prepare it a carrot should be boiled and then mashed into a paste. The paste should be smeared over the underarm boil and the boil should be covered with gauze.
- Bran can be mixed with hot water and applied over the underarm boil when the mixture reaches a tolerable temperature. This mixture reduces the inflammation in the boils.
- A thick paste can be made by mixing a tablespoon of manuka honey, half a teaspoon of ginger powder, one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a generous pinch of salt. This paste should be applied over the boil and wrapped with a clinging film and then with a cloth. This poultice should be left for a day or two for best results.
- In order to control the bacterial infection that causes a boil internally one can drink a solution of half a teaspoon of ground nutmeg that has been added to a cup of hot water. Nutmeg can heal a boil quickly as it improves blood circulation.
- A betel leaf should be soaked in warm water. When it softens, castor oil should be applied over it. Then this leaf can be placed on the underarm boil and covered with gauze.
- To prevent underarm boils one should sprinkle anti-microbial powder in the armpits.
- Hair should be removed very gently from the sensitive underarm region.
Drinking plenty of water prevents a toxin build-up in the body. Hence, one should increase the water intake to prevent the occurrence of boils.