A boil is a painful infection of the hair follicle as well as the skin around it, and can be quite a common problem. It usually starts forming in the form of a red lump and gets accumulated with pus or skin abscess. Usually it can be taken care of at home but in severe conditions one must go for a proper medical checkup. A boil most often occurs on thighs and in between the thighs but can also form in armpits, buttocks and face as well as most moist areas. Boils occur mainly due to exposure to strong chemicals, too much sweating, and lack of hygiene, poor immunity, and poor nutrition and mostly among diabetic people.
The presence of bacteria or fungal infection may worsen the risk of a boil. The most common bacteria found on the skin and causing boils is Staphylococcus aureus. A rupture in the skin or the hair follicle makes it easier for the bacteria to move in and penetrate deep into the tissues. Even after taking antibiotics, boils can occur, especially among diabetic people. The abscess might get more painful and itchy with a yellow or white centre. The size of a boil can be as small as a pea to a golf ball accompanied by fatigue and fever. The surrounding skin can also swell and get red. Although boils can occur commonly irrespective of age and sex, but more often are found among males. Too much playing with the skin with cosmetics and trimming or waxing can also sometimes increase the risk of boils.
Here are some ways to get rid of the boils on thighs
1. Warm Water Compression
To most convenient way to treat these boils is to apply warm water. The heat with warm water’s compression increases the circulation of blood allowing the antibodies as well as the white blood cells to fight better against the infection. A dry cloth soaked in warm water with the extra water drained out should be applied on the boil by pressing it. This done repeatedly takes out the pus. However afterwards it’s important to clean the area and apply an ointment.
2. Drinking a lot of water:
The toxins causing the boil or the pus can be removed by drinking ten to twelve glass of water every day that will remove the toxins through urine or sweat. The boil starts healing better if the toxins are removed and it will also keep the skin infection free and hydrated.
3. Applying Turmeric
A thick paste of turmeric powder and water can be made easily at home and applied on the boils frequently till the pus dries out. Turmeric is anti-inflammatory properties that make the healing process quicker. The paste can also be made with milk or vinegar. Turmeric paste will dry out the pus as well as heal it in a less painful way. One can also have it with a glass of milk by adding half a spoon of turmeric powder and drinking it twice a day for better results.
4. Cornmeal paste
Cornmeal has absorptive elements that fasten the healing of boils. A tablespoon of cornmeal with hot water can be used to make a paste thick enough that could be applied on the boil. If done repeatedly it will drain out the accumulated pus.
5. Applying Onion
The antiseptic properties of the onion are helpful in treating boils. Fresh onion slices wrapped in a cloth can be put on the boil. The onion juice has antimicrobial properties acting against the bacterial infection. It is also helpful in lowering down the inflammation and lessen the pain. The same can also be done with garlic cloves made into a paste with turmeric powder and then applied it on the boil.
7. Applying Apple Cider Vinegar
Applying apple cider vinegar is an easy home remedy. Some apple Dilute some apple cider can be diluted with water and then applied on the boils with cotton repeatedly till the pus s dried or drained. A mix of apple cider with honey can also be applied. The area has to be washed later with lukewarm water.
8. Milk Cream
Fresh milk cream can directly be applied on the boil. This will make the skin. A mixture can also be made by adding some turmeric and apple cider.
However the most important method to prevent boils is proper hygiene. Washing hands and using sanitizers may reduce the risk of bacterial infection. Personal items such as, towels, razors etc lower down the risk of infection.