For the most part, common boils do not require any special treatment. They will drain on their own, and will heal without leaving any scars. While boils are often irritating and painful while they last, they do not cause too many problems.
- Application of heat via heat packs-this accelerates blood circulation helping fight the infection
- Do not cut or open the boil, especially when the boil is new. Even if piercing, patients should wait until it is ready to drain. A small white pustule should form first before puncturing to drain.
- If the boil is large, do not attempt to puncture it yourself, but seek a medical professional.
When to seek a professional:
- When boils are excessively large
- When boils are spreading to other parts of the body
- When boils do not heal within 2 weeks
- If you have diabetes or have another reason why the immune system is significantly weakened
- If you have a fever accompanying the boil
How to reduce the risk of developing boils:
- Boils are common. They can't all be prevented; the best you can do is to make them less likely.
- Practice good hygienic practice. Wash your body with soap on a regular basis.
- If you have severe acne, get it treated early with appropriate antibiotics.