Warm compresses and heat help decrease the pain and start the healing process.

Most boils can be treated at home and tend to go away in about two weeks. To treat a boil at home:

  • Apply a warm, moist compress to your boil several times each day. This will help draw pus to the surface and allow the boil to drain.
  • Never squeeze or try to cut open a boil at home! This will only cause the infection to spread.
  • Once a boil bursts and drains, continue to put warm, moist compresses on the area.
  • Relieve the pain and discomfort caused by the boil by applying Boil-Ease® Pain Relieving Ointment to the affected.
  • Continuously clean the infected area two to three times a day until the wound is completely healed. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly after touching a boil.
  • Do not re use wash clothes or towels that have come in contact with your boil in order to avoid reinfection.
  • Throw out any bandages or dressings in a sealed bag so that fluid from your boil doesn't contaminate other items and spread.

If your boil doesn't go away after 2 weeks or if a fever or chill develops, contact your healthcare provider. Your doctor may prescribe an oral antibiotic or antibiotic cream to help treat your boil.


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