What to do now
1. Wash the infected area gently with antibacterial soap.
2. Apply cloths soaked in hot water and wrung out, which can bring the boil to a head.
3. Put an over-the-counter antibacterial ointment on the boil to keep the infection from spreading.
4. Don’t squeeze or lance the boil yourself; that could spread the infection. A typical boil will burst of its own accord after about 7 to 14 days. When it does, hold a warm, clean compress against it to remove all the pus. Next, apply antibacterial ointment and cover the boil loosely with and adhesive bandage to prevent reinfection.
5. Boils are contagious, so wash your hands thoroughly and launder towels, clothes, and bed linens in hot water and detergent to avoid spreading the infection.
When to call a doctor
1. If you have a boil on your face, a cluster of boils, or boils accompanied by a fever. It could develop a serious infection.
2. If the pain is agonizing. A physician may lance and drain the boil.
3. If you get boils frequently. Your doctor will want to find out what is causing them.
How to prevent it
1. Shower or bathe regularly.
2. If you’re prone to getting boils, apply an antibacterial cream after shaving.
3. Take care of minor skin injuries promptly.
4. Avoid sharing towels, lines, clothes, or athletic equipment with anyone.
5. Eat balanced meals that include lots of fresh fruit and vegetables.