Patient Comments: Boils - Effective Treatments

What kinds of treatments have been effective for your boils?

Comment from: Sondahr, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 09

I have horrible problems with boils. Not only are they very painful they also affect me mentally. My boils are in the groin area, more specifically 90% of them are on my left labia over to the area where the elastic of my panties lays. I have 7 at last count. I've been suffering with these for 25 years. I've followed all the directions my doctors have given me to treat them. I even had 2 drained on the same day without any anesthetic. I nearly passed out from the pain. My doctor packed the draining boils with gauze and sent me home. The next month they were back again. I am at a point where I don't know what to do anymore. I don't have much faith in doctors as far as treating boils goes. The boils can be so very painful when they flair up that I cannot sit down without doing it very, very gingerly. It's agony to even move at times. I wish I had a magic wand.

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Comment from: ms miss, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: September 17

I've had boils my whole life and they seem to get worse. I've always felt like there was something wrong with me, but it is normal for some people. The quickest way I've found to get rid of them is some antibiotic ointment and a bandage, and let it do the rest.

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Comment from: gracinuwitknowledge, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I'll get annoying little boils here and there, maybe like once a year. I'll have one or two usually at the same time. I'm not as patient as most. I wait for the pus to come to the head, and I'll take a hot washcloth, some hydrogen peroxide and alcohol, and I'll take a safety pin, stick it in the alcohol, and shove it in the top part to pop it. I'll squeeze all the skin all around it until all that nasty stuff comes out, and I'll keep pouring hydrogen peroxide on it at the same time. When it's all over, bleeding and all, I'll alcohol swab it and – Bam! Two days later, it's almost as if I never had one. Good luck! I hate these things.

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Published: August 27

Since I was a teenager, I have gotten boils at least once a month on my inner thighs. I have found the best way to deal with them is hot compresses, gauze, and a good anti-bacterial soap and topical cream. I recently had a rather large one (the size of a golf ball, maybe slightly larger) and had to go to the local ER to have it lanced. The doctor lanced it, wrapped it in non adhesive gauze and told me to take a lukewarm sitz bath three times a day, wash it with antibacterial soap. He gave me two prescriptions for antibiotics (Keflex and Bactrim) along with a mild painkiller. I've never had a boil this large or this painful before, so we shall see.

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Published: August 27

My daughter is 20 mos old and she just got another boil/abscess. This will be her 3rd one. The first two were on her butt and this new one is on her belly, she been getting them since she was 9mos. they start out small, like a bug bite. or pimple. and within days it will get bigger and redder. To drain them I found that (this part hurts the most) taking a warm/hot cloth and some fresh ginger seems to help pull the puss out. Then we take a trip to the doctors as well.

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Comment from: hudnallboo, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: June 14

I found that ibuprofen helps with the horrible pain.

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Comment from: Hopeful, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I'm 21 years old and I have been constantly dealing with these things. I usually get two or three a month. They started off appearing on my arm pits, then they move to my buttocks, and now they show up on my groin area. Last summer I had one about the size of a golf ball and had to go to the ER. It is the ONLY time i have gone to the hospital for this and let me tell you, it was the most painful thing I have ever endured! This one was on my right panty line. After getting it lanced I haven't had any more problems from that side. It seems as though the trouble moved to the left side. I currently have one and I'm worried it is turning into an abscess. The only times I do not get boils is when I eat raisins, bananas, or yogurt on a daily basis. I start this diet and I'm usually boil free until I haven't eaten these things for a couple weeks. I also use a wash called Hibiclens (may have spelled it wrong) and it help clears things up within a week.

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