Home Remedies for Boils and Abscesses

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A boil is a kind of skin problem that happens when there is a deep bacterial infection in a hair follicle. It starts as a small, red, painful nodule and gradually increases in size. Boils can be very painful and sometimes may be accompanied by fever.

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At the first sign of a boil, you can start home treatment. There are many readily available ingredients that can provide relief from pain and discomfort and speed up the healing process. The key to healing is to soften the boil so that the bacteria and infection drain out of the swollen area.

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Here are the top 10 home remedies for boils and abscesses.

1. Indian Lilac (Neem)

The antiseptic, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties of Indian lilac, also known as neem, help treat boils and many other types of skin infections.

home remedy for boils

  • Grind a handful of neem leaves to get a paste. Apply it on the affected area.
  • You could also boil neem leaves in water until the quantity of water reduces to one-third. Now use this water to rinse the affected area.

2. Black Seed

Black seed is one of the most popular natural cures for various types of skin infections including boils. The medicinal properties of black seed can give some relief from the pain caused by boils.

  • Take some black seeds (kalonji). Grind them to get a paste. Apply this paste on the affected area.
  • You can also apply black seed oil on the boil.
  • Add one-half teaspoon of black seed oil to a cup of hot or cold drink. Drink the mixture twice a day for several days.

3. Bread Poultice

Bread poultice is quite beneficial in home treatment of boils. Take a piece of bread and soak it in warm milk or warm water. Now put the soaked bread on to the boil for a few minutes.

This will help bring a boil to the head and reduce inflammation. The heat from this compress will also help increase circulation, sending more infection-fighting white blood cells to the site of infection. Repeat twice daily until the boil is healed completely.

4. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic properties. Regular use of tea tree oil will speed up the healing process and give you relief from the discomfort caused by skin abscesses and boils.

  1. Dip a clean cotton swab in the oil and then gently dab it directly on the boil.
  2. Do this a few times a day for several days until the boil is gone.

Note: Perform a patch test before using this remedy to rule out the possibility of tea tree oil causing skin irritation. Do not take tea tree oil internally.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric is a natural blood purifier and has anti-inflammatory properties that can be very helpful in the treatment of boils.

  • Boil one teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of milk or water. Drink it three times a day for four to five days.
  • Also, you can make a paste out of equal amounts of fresh ginger and turmeric and apply it onto the boil and cover it with a clean cloth.

6. Warm Washcloth Compress

Applying a warm washcloth compress is the easiest way to reduce pain and increase circulation to help heal a boil.

  1. Dip a clean washcloth in warm water and place it over the boil for about 10 minutes. You can also use warm salt water. Make sure the compress is wet and warm.
  2. Repeat the process three or four times a day.




  1. I have reoccurring boils on the inner thigh and would like to know how to get rid of them for good..It has been some time ..I keep area clean and put castor oil ..tee tree oil…they are painful..I do wear tight undies.. I heard that putting baby powder on the thighs help after cleaning and treating..Is that a proper thing to do? I am thinking of the perfume in the powder.

    • get tested for MRSA

    • I get boils in my inner thighs as well, so i know the pain you go thu.
      Depends if you can see the boil, but if not you may need someone to help you.
      Get a layer of onion, and apply oil and pinch of salt (Mustard oil works great)
      Heat it up and apply to the boil. The hotter it is the better it will work, but only you know how much heat you can handle. Leave it on the area until it cools down. If you are not in a hurry, i would leave that on for as long as you can.
      Do this 2 twice daily for 2 days. Mine was gone the 3rd day, but i don’t know if you would have the same outcome. The pain is HUGE factor for me, and mine usually goes away the first day. But i always get someone else to apply it for me, it makes things a little easier.

      • You may want to go to the Dr, it could be hydradenitis supperativa.. Its treatable, and will give so much more relief when it stops reoccurring. My daughter had that.. just a thought.

    • You have to clean yourself internally and that starts from parasitic cleanses. All skin issues are a sign that there is an internal issue. Yeast is a parasite and it causes all kinds of skin issues. Yeast doesn’t always try to escape the body through a vaginal canal. It also tries to escape through the skin.

    • Stop using baby powders the make them occur more frequently.

    • Have you ever been tested for PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome…. Many women have no clue they have, but one of the symptoms is reoccurring boils not associated with mrsa

  2. After I soaked my boil with a onion for about 3 hours I soaked a piece of papertowel with rubbing alcohol and it started to act like a heating pad I’m not sure why .But it felt geat.

  3. I used the three day remedy with hot water (like dish water safe) and Epsom Salt.
    a. It started as a pimple on my upper eye lid. Because of the location I used the hot water first.
    b. Second day took a clean wash cloth dipped finger portion in the hot water, then made a paste with the Epson salt and compressed with the salt and placed it pressing on the eye lid for about 20/25 seconds each 3 times a day as needed.
    c. Day # 3. After waking up, cleaned the matter from the eye that morning. Repeated the next morning three times. By noon it was gone. Only remnants remained until naturally turning back to normal skin.

    This is only the second time I had it on my eye lid. I usually get it on the lower extremity (If you know what I mean). I try to eat a lot of garlic in my diet to keep it down. It works.

  4. Make a paste of garlic and onion same portion an applau on boil, do it for couple of time in a day, u feel so relax an it will help boil bust quickly, I just did it an within few hours I feel so good an one boil already bust .

  5. Be careful of putting anything on your eyelids as they are porous and ingredients may enter the eye.

  6. I get boils sometimes but when it is still VERY small like a pimple, I apply ice to it. Believe me or not after a few hours it just disappears like a miracle and saves me days of pain. But I’m not sure if this is really advisable. Everyone applies something hot or warm. And not cold as ice. Just sharing my experience.

    • im curious about applying ice…i got boil in my underarm and its just started today.i just want to know how many times should i use ice on it? tnx

  7. This open my eyes abt boil.

  8. I have a few boils on my body. i don’t have pain with mine unless i mess with them. i have ones that i have had for years. they aren’t big but they r on my leggs and arms. some have gotton bigger but only the size of a dime. i have tried popping with pins but nothing has happen they start to bleed. i get scared thinking i might make it worse or infected.i had one cut out once on my legg and now I’m left with a nice scare on my legg. since then two more have grown near the same area. some of the ones i have on me i have had for years now. wondering if it matters how long they have been there. Any advice would be great. just want them gone. i don’t even want to wear shorts or short sleave shirts because i have a real big one on my arm near my sholder. i will try anything someone please help and let me know what i can do to get rid of them.i really don’t want scares all over my body. i just don’t know if doing the things that people wrote on here would be good for me. because they have been there for years. any help would be great.

  9. I just taped a slice of onion to my inner thigh.. Never thought i was going to say that in a lifetime xD hope this helps!! Because it hurts like heeeeell,, But maaybe i can already feel the cooling of the onion

  10. Onions Is the best treatment for boils…thanks god

  11. I always do the wrong thing and try to pop pimples in groin area now this thing is big and sore gonna try the onion slice when I get home from work will let you know if it works or not

  12. Take a small chunk of a detergent soap (powder it). About 5 gms. Mix it with 10 gms of sugar (white) add few drops of water and mix it until it becomes warm. Apply this mixture on the heat boil. All the boils no matter how severe, will vanish overnight.

  13. I have had so many boils and im many places and have had many surgically removed wich is soo soo painful. My doctor told me to yous dial antibacterial soap only. And every day. I have been doing this and havnt had no issues at all its been about a year in a half now.
    Good luck!

  14. I used to get boils terribly bad. My mom would put a slice of red onion on each of the boils and wrap them in gauze over night. By morning there would usually be a head to the boils and she would open them up and apply a poltice of ground sage and shortening, covering with a gauze pad or bandaid. Within a couple of weeks the boils would be gone. I do this now, even if it’s just an in grown hair or pimples ( the sage and shortening) and it doesn’t leave a scar. My husband says it’s less painful this way when he gets boils.

  15. Try apple cider vinegar & honey, mix 2gether, dip ball of cotton wool n2 mix & squeeze onto boil, cover with gauze, 24-48hrs should have dried up

  16. My daughter had a medium sized boil on her outer thigh and at first we tried an onion based on the comments above. It worked a little bit. Then we tried black drawing salve and it worked like a charm. Drew the puss right out. You just need to ask your pharmacist for it and they will find it for you. We applied it twice a day for several days and covered it with a bandage. We also wrapped it with an ace bandage to apply pressure to the bandage.

  17. i got a boils almost 3 times during 6 months and it was really hail as too much pain and burning. I got quared by doing hot compress initials and as per doctor advise I did antibiotic course and it gave me quick drying the boils

    I understand the neatural way can heal the boils but it is taking times and if do both Togather medicines and natural therapies sure it will give u less pain and fast realese from the boils

    Rajesh shah…..Dubai

  18. I used warm water for few days and really its gone

  19. I have a boil on the side of my forehead in the temple very strange place to be anyway I am going to try apple cider vinegar and honey and if that doesn’t work I’ll use a hot cloth. Has anybody ever heard of one being there or maybe it isn’t a boil

  20. Hydradenitis Supperativa. .. look it up.. its painful.. and boils constantly come and go. My daughter had it…

  21. This really works. Quarter an onion, take 1 quarter of it and put in toaster oven for a few minutes to cook slightly take a couple of layers of it, dab a 1/4 tsp honey on the boil, put the onion over it, a layer of sterile gauze, tape and leave overnight. You will notice immediate results, repeat if necessary.


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