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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, and at times, they can be quite painful. Pain usually occurs due to a skin infection caused by the bacterium, Staphylococcus aureus. This is an infection of the hair follicles, leading to boils on your face, shoulders, neck, armpits and even buttocks. Boils often go away after a few weeks, but if it doesn't, you'll need to see your doctor. Here are ten home remedies for boils, to help speed up the recovery process.

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1. Warm Compress

Warm compresses soften the skin, which, in turn, bursts the boil. Bursting the boil can help to reduce pain and let out any pus that formed inside. Adding salt to the warm water can help to 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 several minutes. Repeat this process two to three times each day for the best results.

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