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best way to treat a boil at home

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Adam Bodian
34 years experience Dermatology
Salt water soaks: You may try salt water soaks but whatever you do, do not try to squeeze or pop it yourself. Take 1 table spoon of salt to a pint (large glass) of war ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ryan Taylor
Specializes in Internal Medicine
See a doctor : If it is indeed an abscess he needs antibiotics and possibly to have the abscess drained. Infections in this area that are left untreated can lead to ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not a boil: If you are talking about something in your tongue and calling it a boil, realize that it is not a boil. See a doctor to figure out what it is for trea ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Sire
53 years experience Dermatology
Incision and drainag: Usually if a boil is soft {fluctuant} it needs to be drained by your physician. Boils that are not able to be drained can be treated with antibiotics, ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience Dermatology
Sore throat: Home treatment is usually all that is needed for a sore throat caused by a virus. These tips may help you feel better. Gargle with warm salt water to ... Read More
A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Manel Silva
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Warm compress: First, if you are having fevers, feeling lightheaded or the infection is expanding, you should go to a health facility. If not, then you can start wit ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomman Kuruvilla
21 years experience Podiatry
Corns: To get rid of corns at home effectively, might want to use a pomous stone and apply urea cream. That is the safest and most effective way to treat co ... Read More
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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
72 years experience Preventive Medicine
Many people: Follow the wisdom of the late linus pauling and take large doses of vitamin c. Trouble with that is that you get diarrhea. I take several doses of ech ... Read More
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Mark Pack
Dr. Mark Pack answered
30 years experience General Surgery
Depends: If your gallbladder/gallstones are symptomatic., You can try sticking to a low-fat diet avoiding greasy, fatty, spicy type foods. If this doesn't work ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tips: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician & get a streph throat test. If you have streph throat, antibiotic thera ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience Geriatrics
Depends upon . . .: What's "this" that needs curing? Please be more specific . .
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
Not recommended: Home ear piercing is not recommended due to risk of infection and bleeding. Reconsider this idea.
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
I;D: The mainstay of treatment of boil is incision and drainage and antibiotics. The reason we drain is that it is hard for antibiotics to penetrate an are ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
37 years experience Family Medicine
Not really: Cool compresses; aloe vera gel (avoid the ones with Benzocaine as they can cause allergic skin reaction); topical otc steroid cream for more painful b ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Tips: 1. Wear underwear that is cotton vice synthetic 2. Avoid wearing underpants when you go to bed at night. 3. Don’t wear tight fitting panties & pantyho ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
30 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: A boil is serious skin infection that should not be treated by home remedies. Especially with the increased incidence of MRSA infections, you should ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Options.: Applying ice can help. Melissa officinalis or lemon balm (cream) expedites healing of cold sores. It can reduce healing time by half. Studies also sh ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
27 years experience General Practice
You choose: There would be no home remedies to recommend. But, the over the counter anti-fungal products are all effective. You choose the kind you like.
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Didier
49 years experience General Practice
Not probable: Infections require time and less often antibiotics to resolve. If the symptoms are caused by allergies or irritants (non-infectious sinusitis) deconge ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
39 years experience Dentistry
You can't: Dentistry is not a do it yourself task. Call your local dental society.. They may be able to steer you to a low cost clinic in your community. All ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Roth
42 years experience Addiction Medicine
Stop drinking: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous.
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Randy Baker
39 years experience Holistic Medicine
Pelargonium sidoides: The herb pelargonium sidoides, the root of a geranium native to south africa, is the best-proven treatment for colds, sinus infections & sinusitis. I ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dean Giannone
24 years experience Internal Medicine
Anti-inflammatories.: Granted, with a true lupus flare we generally require prescription-strength steroids to control the raging inflammation, but for now you can try OTC a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arthur Balin
46 years experience Dermatology
Acne: It is important to treat your acne so that you don't get permanent scarring. Some patients wait too long before seeing their dermatologist to have th ... Read More
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