Many of us do not know what precisely is a boil. Well, a boil is similar to a zit and is found either near or below the epidermal surface. Boils owe its origin to many causes. An infection resulting from a bruise, infected hair follicles, use of certain antibiotics etc can all lead to boils. But, the most common cause of this skin disorder is a kind of bacteria called staphylococcus aureus, or simply, staph. These bacteria dwell on the skin surface of many an individual, but often go unnoticed.
The easiest treatment of boil is to soak it in warm water. This will provide relief from pain and will also drain the boil out. If the boil is at an ‘unsoakable’ part of your body, apply a warm compact for about half an hour. This needs to be done thrice a day. Once the boil gets poured out, wash the spot with an effective antibacterial soap or lotion. This will prevent further bacterial infection on the fresh wound.
In certain cases, doctors will advise surgical removal of the boils. Surgery is usually done when the boils are large enough or if they are getting deeper. The surgery is not a major one and there is nothing to worry about. After administering local anaesthesia, a small needle is inserted in order to draw out the pus. The incision is then neatly covered in order to prevent bacterial infection. Even after the treatment, if you happen to have boils, a bacterial culture need to be done. In the case of recurrent infection, it is likely to be transmitted from a family member or friend with whom you are having close contact. In that person, staph might not be showing any symptom, but on your skin it might cause boils. Always ensure that open boils and other wounds are kept clean and do change your bandages daily.