Boil, also known as skin abscess is a skin infection which starts in the hair follicle from the collection of pus that forms in the skin. The skin initially turns red at that particular area, then a tender lump develops before the pus is being collected under the skin.
Boils usually appear on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders and buttocks. The boil found on the eyelid is known as a sty. Most boils are usually painful and embarrassing especially when they appear in visible places.
A major cause of boil is dirt – improper care of the skin. Boils are caused by a germ known as staphylococcal bacteria) which enters the skin through tiny nicks or cuts on the skin.
Other factors that could trigger boils include:
- Poor hygiene
- Poor nutrition
- Skin irritations due to harsh chemicals
Most boils go on their own while others would need home remedies or certain medical treatment.
Antibiotic drug and cream can be used in treating boils but could be inadequate as boils require hot packs and draining as their primary treatment.
Though boils cannot be prevented, it can be managed and cared for. The following are ways to care for boils.
Maintain a proper hygiene – A poor hygiene as earlier stated, contributes the emergence of boils, when this is prevented you can reduce the risks of the bacteria entering your skin. Care for your skin and wash your body properly. Wash your hands after coming in contact with materials.
Care for your skin – proper care should be taken for the skin as it is our reflection. Avoid applying harsh creams and chemicals which could cause skin irritations.
Antibiotics – As stated earlier that antibiotics are good treatment for boils, you should ensure you visit your doctor for a good prescription as some antibiotics could be dangerous to your health. Avoid self-prescription of drugs.