Boils can be unsightly and uncomfortable, but in most cases, they are relatively harmless. A boil is a small, callous red lump on the skin that can be quite painful. If there's pain, it usually occurs when there's skin infection caused by the bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus. This is an infection of the hair follicles or oil glands and can lead to boils on your face, shoulders, neck, armpits and even buttocks. Boils often go away after a few weeks, and certain home remedies can help speed up the recovery process.
Warm compresses soften the skin and cause the boil to burst, which can help reduce pain and let out any pus that formed inside. Adding salt to the warm water can help heal the boil even faster. Start by cleaning the affected area with warm water and mild soap. Soak a soft cloth in the water, and place it on the boil for ten to 15 minutes. Repeat this process two to three times each day for best results.
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