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how long does a boil take to heal?

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Dr. Joseph Bouvier
Pediatrics 25 years experience
See below: Unfortunately, this depends on a huge number of factors including but not exclusive of patient, age, health, past history, underlying factors, how the illness was treated, etc. No good answer can be given here without more information.

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What natural remedies are useful in treating boils?

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Don't squeeze: A boil is a well contained infection involving the skin. White blood cells accumulate under the skin (pus) and cause swelling and pain. The pressure within this confined space builds and this pressure will need to be released. A hot compress is a natural remedy that can hasten the boil to naturally release ("coming to a head"). Squeezing is a natural remedy but don't do it!
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On average, how long will a boil take to heal after being lanced?

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Superfast healing: The real question is what not to do that slows down healing. Avoid using alcohol, peroxide, hibiclens, betadine, and bleach solutions. Inflammation ( red, hot, swollen, tender) is important to healing so anti-inflammatories (motrin, advil) are bad. Cover the area with a clean dressing changed every other day and protected from trauma. If infected, antibiotics are needed based on wound culture.
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How long does it take for a boil to drain and heal?

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