Do you suffer from boils or carbuncles?
Maybe you're asking; What are Boils and Carbuncles?
Here's a brief description, and I'll also tell you how to treat them.
They are big red lumps filled with pus. Generally are warm and tender to the touch and can even be painful. I know, I used to get these often in my armpits.
They are clusters of the infected lumps, and can take longer to heal than the individual infection.
When they are ready to drain they have a white or yellow point and generally they will start to drain on their own.
Ideally, do NOT press the lumps to drain them...this could leave a scar and will hurt a lot more than treating it. I'll tell you how in a minute.
They are normally caused by a Staph (Staphylococcus Epidermidis) infection in hair follicles or small cuts where the Staph can cause an infection.
People with reduced immune system function are generally more likely to get these infections. It's also attributed to lack of hygiene and vitamin deficiency due to malnutrition.
If you've noticed that you get these in your armpits, there's a good chance that your deodorant or antiperspirant is the culprit. Switch to a more natural product for your underarm needs.
To treat the infection you can do a few things. One of them being to let them run their course. That can take between 4 to 10 days for boils and up to 2 weeks for carbuncles. But generally speaking they are quite sensitive and even painful.
You can also apply topical treatments.
There are topical antibiotics or oral antibiotics for more severe cases.
A more natural solution would be...
Tea tree oil.
One of the bacteria that TTO eradicates really well is Staph!
To treat the infection with TTO, just put some TTO on a cotton swab and dab the infected lumps several times daily.
The infection should heal up pretty quickly and quite painlessly.
Another plus is that you're not applying antibiotics to your skin!
If you're prone to developing this type of infection, I would suggest a couple of things to help reduce and possibly eliminate this type of infection.
Here's what I did.
- Took a quality multi-vitamin on a regular basis.
- Started using soap with tea tree oil as a main ingredient.
- Use an antiperspirant that also contains TTO.
Since then, I haven't developed any boils in my armpits or anywhere else for that matter.
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