Boils, are round, pus filled nodules; on the skin that result from infection with staphylococcus bacteria, the infection begins in the deepest portion of the hair follicle, or in an oil producing sebaceous gland. Occurrence of boils is common in children and adolescents, most common sites are underarms, scalp, buttocks, and face. Boils are contagious, whenever the pus of boil comes in contact with nearby skin it can contaminate; it also can enter the bloodstream and reaches to other body parts.
Poor hygiene, deficient nutrition; depressed immune functions with illness, disease like diabetes; use of immunosuppressive drugs may trigger formation of the boils in various parts of the body. Pain, redness, heat, tenderness, inflammation or swellings is the common features of boils.
Causes of boils
Bacteria called staphylococcus are the most common cause of boils; the bacteria can be transmitted from person to person. An infection occurs most easily when people are overworked, anemic, or undernourished; with low vitality or lower resistance in the body. Diabetes can also trigger this condition because whenever there is high blood sugar level, it causes increased sugar level in the body tissues; in these circumstances bacteria get a favorable environment to grow and replicate. If there is already broken skin available, boils can develop more easily.
Symptoms of boils
- Pus formation
- Fever may be associated with boils
- Swelling of surrounding lymph nods
Homeopathic treatment of boils
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat boils but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat boils that can be selected on the basis of location, cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of boils:
Arnica Montana – tendency to small boils which are painful, one boil is cured, when the other comes out; occurrence of boils in crops; skin is black and blue; itching, burning, eruption of small pimples.
Belladonna – remarkable remedy for boils; redness with throbbing and pain; this medicine should be used in the beginning; skin dry and hot, swollen, sensitive, erythema, suppurative wounds, indurations after inflammations.
Arsenic album – excellent remedy for boils malignant pustules, gangrenous inflammation; itching, burning, swelling; ulcers with offensive discharge; burning as if coals of fire were put on affected part. Cutting and burning pain worse after midnight.
Hepar Sulph – one of the best medicines for boils and abscess; boils with marked suppuration; unhealthy skin; slightest injury suppurate; burning, stinging pain; extreme pain and tenderness, in early stage of pus formation; it will stop formation of pus or will abort pus in very less time period.
Thuja – crops of boils on face neck and nose.
Silicea – it acts well when there is slow healing power; felons, boils, ulcers, and abscesses; pus offensive; long lasting suppuration, keloid growths; promotes expulsion of the foreign body from the tissue.
Merc iod – it is an excellent remedy for inflammatory stage of boils; when there is no pus formation; intense shining redness with throbbing and pain; when pus is formed it is green, thin and watery.
Calcaria carb – when there I no redness but paleness is there; boils are extremely painful.
Lachesis – boils are bluish in color; exudation of acrid and offensive pus; boils are very sensitive to touch with burning pain.
Carbolic Acid – boils with accumulation of pus and discharge of very foul odor; marked burning pain.
Tarantula – abscesses, boils, felons, carbuncles; hard, tender, inflamed hair follicles; boils at any stage.
Ledum pal – boils and felons caused by needles pricks
Tuberculinum – crops of small boils successively appear on the nose; boils with intense pain.
Calcaria pic – very good remedy for chronic and recurring boils
Bellis P – boils all over the body with soreness, pain and marked swelling.