Summer is near. And it is a time to enjoy chilled drinks and to try different sorts of summer outfits. Unfortunately, Heat Boils often turn up in the summer and both adults and children can contract it. How can you tackle the problem? Continue reading.
What is a heat boil?
Heat boil also called as furuncle is a red, painful lump that develops due to an infection on the hair follicle or sebaceous gland. It appears as a bulged pimple surrounded by reddish skin. After four to seven days, the lump starts turning white as pus accumulate under the skin.
Where does heat boils appear?
Heat Boils can appear in any part of the body. The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, back, armpits, shoulders, legs, and buttocks.
What causes Heat boils?
Staphylococcus aureus is the bacteria that bring about heat boils. These bacteria enter the skin through hair follicles or cuts on the skin. Once they penetrate into the skin, it brings about infection. Boils also form when the sweat glands get blocked.
Here are some of the factors that trigger heat boils in women and children
- Poor hygiene
- Tight clothing
- Excessive alcohol consumption
- Expose to harmful and strong chemicals that irritate the skin
- Lack of essential nutrients in body
- Poor immune system
Should I consult a doctor for heat boils?
Boils usually do not require immediate medical attention. Mostly it can be cured in-home treatments and some boils will even disappear without any treatment as well. However, if you or your child who contract skin boils is already experiencing some issues with immunity or if undertaking any immune-suppressing medicines, it is recommended to consult the doctor to avoid further complications.
It is better to consult a specialist if
- You develop a high fever and chills along with the infection
- If your lymph nodes get swollen
- Second painful boil appears along with the first one
- If the pain turns out unbearable
What are the home remedies to get rid of the heat boils?
As already mentioned, more often, the heat boils need no medical attention. There is an array of home remedial measures to deal with it. Draining the boil by drawing the puss out is the goal. Here are top 5 home remedies that help you to get rid of heat boils:
Warm compress: Make a warm compress by soaking a washcloth in warm, salted water and wring it to remove excess water. Place it on the boil for 10-15 minutes and repeat this as many times a day as possible. This will not only alleviate the pain, but also draw the pus to the surface. Repeated soaking will help to burst the boil, thereby, draining the pus out.
Turmeric: This will work both from inside and outside the body and helps to get rid of the painful skin boils faster. You can drink haldi milk (mix one a teaspoon of turmeric in one glass of milk) and you can apply a paste of turmeric and fresh ginger to the boil.
Garlic: Applying garlic paste to the boil helps to draw out the pus faster. You should repeat this at least four times a day.
Apple cider vinegar: The anti-inflammatory property of apple cider vinegar is highly beneficial for bringing down the inflammation, pain, and redness caused by the boil. Apply apple cider vinegar gently to the boil. Repeat this 2-3 times a week and experience how quickly it works.
Neem: Neem is well known for its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties, which is highly beneficial in treating skin boils. Apply neem paste (neem leaves and water) on affected areas twice or thrice a day.
How can I prevent heat boils in this summer?
Both you and your child pursue these measures to keep heat boils away in this summer.
- Practice good hygiene
- Avoid wearing tight clothes
- Stay well hydrated
- Stick onto a healthy diet
Are there any foods that helps to prevent contracting heat boils in summer?
Yes. With a healthy diet, you can keep the heat boils away during this summer. Here are 3 super foods that help to keep boils at bay:
Indian gooseberry: Do you know that each Indian gooseberry is blessed with vitamin C that is equal to 6 Kg of apple or grapes? Therefore Indian gooseberry is one of the best fruits to comprise in your diet during the summer. It will increase your immunity incredibly thereby bring down the chances of skin boils.
Greens: blessed with fibers, minerals, and nutrients the green vegetable helps to boost the immunity and digestion. Increased immunity helps to fight the infections and enhanced digestion, helps to eliminate toxins from the body. Both these are important to combat the boil causing bacteria.
Sweet potato: Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential in keeping the outer layer of the skin free of cracks and bruises. The microbes causing the skin boil cannot enter the skin if the surface is free of cracks. Therefore, even though the sweet aggravate the skin boils, sweet potato will actually prevent the skin boil.
Summer is a month that makes you thirsty. To quench your thirst, drink lots of carrot juice and orange juice. This provides the additional benefit of preventing the heat boils, as it is a rich source of Vitamin A, and Vitamin C respectively.
Now get ready to welcome summer with a “Warm” smile.