Skin Abscess Treatment
Skin abscess treatment is most often done at home. In most cases boils are fairly simple and can be easily taken care of without a doctor. If severe enough however, you may need a professional to lance a boil.
Skin abscesses are more commonly known as "boils". A boil infection is an infection that occurs deep in the skin that starts out soft and red.
As time goes on, boils become hard and form a "head", which is a pustule at the top of the skin. Once at this stage, treating boils is fairly simple at home. If the condition is serious, it may be necessary to lance the boil at a doctor's clinic.
What causes boils?
Most commonly, boils are caused by one of three problems:
- Ingrown hairs
- Foreign objects
A skin boil caused by ingrown hairs are especially common. An ingrown hair is one that does not grow straight out the follicle as it should, but rather twists and begins to penetrate through underlying skin layers.This causes extreme irritation and thus may cause a boil to form.
Foreign objects, such as splinters, may also cause boils on the skin as the body works naturally to get it out. White blood cells will form around the object to "fight" it, thereby creating pus under the skin. Cuts and scrapes can also become a boil if an infection occurs and thus require skin abscess treatment.
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Acne is another common boils' cause. Whether you get them during puberty because of hormone imbalances or it is simply a genetic issue, many people have this problem. It is called "cystic acne". If you have cystic acne, you may want to check out these home remedies for cystic acne
Skin Abscess Treatment and Boil Treatment
Early treatment is definitely recommended to effectively treat boils. Whether it is still soft and red or it has become hard and tender, applying heat is the first treatment for boils you should try.
You may decide to use a dry hot compress or a hot soaked cloth, but either way make sure you are keeping it warm for around thirty minutes per day. This will help bring antibodies to the area so they can fight it off.
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Treatment for boils that are mature and have a pustule can be slightly painful to do. It is important not to damage your skin or pores by squeezing the infected area.
Instead, take a very thin pin or needle and use it to create a small opening at the top of the "head". Once you have done that, wrap your fingers with a hot wet cloth and very gently squeeze pus and fluids out of the skin.
Once finished, you should immediately apply a liquid to kill the infection. Here is a list of antibacterial agents you can use:
- antibacterial soap
- benzoyl peroxide for acne
- hydrogen peroxide
- lemon juice
How to Prevent a Boil Infection and What to Watch Out For
Another important part of skin abscess treatment is prevention in the first place.
Make sure you are maintaining good hygiene. Antibacterial soap should be part of your daily regimen, especially in areas where you often get boils.
An abrasive shower brush is also a great thing to have on hand and use daily, as it will exfoliate your skin well and break up any "plugs" in your pores that may begin to form a boil.
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Usually, skin abscess treatment is simple and should be done at home. However, there are some unusual circumstances when this isn't true.
If you have diabetes or any underlying illnesses, your immune system may be weakened and this may cause you to get boils often. In this case, you should talk to your doctor.
Patients on medications also may be more susceptible to boils depending on the prescription they are taking. If you start getting boils after taking a prescription medication, you should also talk to your doctor about it.
If boils are quite common and seem to be out-of-control in your life, it is a good idea to make sure with your doc that there isn't a bigger problem underneath.
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