Boils are caused by the infection of the bacteria called Staphylococcus. They are the red nodules that are painful and eventually ripen and emit pungent discharges. The most common places for boils to appear are on the face, neck, armpits, shoulders, and buttocks. When one forms on the eyelid, it is called a sty.

If several boils appear in a group, this is a more serious type of infection called a carbuncle. There are many causes of boils like ingrown hair, lack of hygiene etc. Others boils, such as acne, are caused by plugged sweat glands that become infected.

Boils can also form as the result of a splinter or other foreign material that has become lodged in the skin. Although there is no serious health risk from boils, it should still be treated immediately to avoid infecting other hair follicles and spreading the bacteria concentrated inside the boils. We provide you with six home remedies to treat boils:

1) Take an onion and cut it into small pieces. Boil the pieces in water and allow it to cool. Thereafter, apply the solution directly on the boil. You can wrap the onion bits in order to make it stay on the infected area. Remove it after some time.

2) Take equal portions of ginger and turmeric. Grind it into a paste and apply it on the infected area. This will help bring the boil to a head and eventually result in its breaking and draining out.

3) Apply any ointment that contains sulfur shale oil and various other ingredients such as petroleum as well as lanolin that helps reduce the pain and the boil heals fast.

4) Apply tea tree oil directly on the boil.

5) Once you get the boil to a head just squeeze out the pus gently from the boil. Clean the squeezed boil with cotton and apply antiseptic cream.

6) Clean the boils at least twice a day with antiseptic solutions or anti-bacterial soaps.