What Causes Boils
Boils are painful, throbbing abscesses in the skin which occur when hair follicles become infected with staph bacteria (Staphylococcus aureus). They can often occur during the teenage years and appear on the back or face. Sebum is often blocked and trapped. Staph can also cause impetigo which is a different type of infection and typically effects young children in camp or in schools. Impetigo treatment is important as it is quite contagious. Only two kids in my nephew’s bunk avoided it a few years ago when it was going around.
How Do Boils Begin
Boils normally begin when a break in the skin becomes infected with staph bacteria. When this happens, white blood cells (known as neutrophils) immediately try to combat the infection. This process eventually leads to the boil getting filled with pus, which is a combination of old bacteria, old white blood cells and particles of dead skin cells. The accumulation of pus in the abscess is what causes boils to form a “head,” which can eventually be surgically opened and drained. Not only does this create self-consciousness but they do hurt as well.
Who normally gets boils?
Boils can occur in persons who are typically clean and practice good hygiene. There is nothing worse for someone with a problem of acne or boils to hear than that they need to wash more. Most people plagued with skin disorders are if anything washing too much. This may also occur in persons with certain immune deficiencies, anaemia, diabetes, and those with certain types of dermatitis. It is possible that through sports and other activities that the skin can get infected and lead to a boil formation, but this is different than someone not being clean. There is friction and sweating in sports and remember that sports is important for one’s health and team development skills. Many notice with sebum reduction that skin improves.
Types of Treatments for Boils
There are several ways to treat staph infection, which is what causes boils to form in the first place. In cases of severe infection, a person with boils is usually prescribed appropriate antibiotics and undergoes a surgical removal of the dead tissue and drainage of the abscess. Below is a typical plan for treating boils.
Bathing: What causes boils to persist is an unclean skin environment. Therefore, a patient with boils must bathe daily with an antiseptic cleanser for one week, which will cause the skin to dry slightly. After bathing, antibiotic ointment must be applied to the inside walls of each nostril.
Topical cleaning: After an antiseptic bath, the entire skin surface (face, arms, legs, extremities, and torso) must be applied with a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol in water. An antiseptic such as chlorhexidine ointment must be applied to each boil with a clean swab; the boil should then be covered with sterile gauze.
Antibiotics: Aside from antiseptic cleaning procedures, a boil sufferer may be administered oral antibiotics, such as flucloxacillin, for a period of a few weeks. Other antibiotics include clindamycin, fusidic acid, or rifampicin. The topical antibiotic cleocin T has been helpful for some who suffer from boils and acne and is easy to apply to the skin twice a day.
Garlic treatment: One effective and antiseptic is garlic, which is a detoxification agent. Garlic extract may be taken as a supplement while garlic juice may be applied externally to the head of a boil. This causes it to ripen so that it may be easily broken and drained.
Hepar Sulphuris Calcareum: This homeopathic remedy of heated calcined oyster shells and flowers of sulfur is a preparation made specifically for the treatment of boils and unhealthy skin conditions. It is applied directly to the boil.
Do not let boils ruin your social life or relationship to being active. Continue in sports and remember that many people have either acne or other skin problems. Your sebum production will be reduced as you get older and this is the time to try new things in life and be around other people.