The armpit is one of the most common body parts that frequently gets infested by boils. In most cases, an armpit boil will result from hidradenitis. When this is the case, you will keep developing painful boils on your armpit at a frequency of about twice a month. These boils will go in spurts of appearing, developing, and then going away on their own. The fact that they are painful makes it important to know how to get rid of a boil quickly.
Generally, boils are bumps that develop underneath the skin and are filled with pus. They result from bacterial infections in hair follicles. In the initial stages, you will experience tender red skin bumps, which quickly collect and fill with pus. Boils are always painful, and the larger they get, the more painful they are. In some cases, they develop further and form expansive clusters known as carbuncles. Armpits are not the only parts of the body likely to develop boils. In fact, only about 5% of all reported cases are located in the armpits. Other parts of the body likely to be affected include:
What causes armpit boils and boils on under arm
Armpit boils are very notorious and very common. In fact, it is unlikely that you will won’t develop at least one during your lifetime. But what causes them?
- Hygiene – Poor hygienic practices are the biggest causes of armpit boils. Going for several days without bathing invites a lot of dirt, sweat and bacteria to collect in the armpit. With time, the collected bacteria will find their way into one of the hair follicles resulting in an armpit boil.
- Deep shaving – Some people shave a little too thoroughly under their arms. This leads to several hairs been cut too deeply, to the point where they grow inwards under the skin’s surface. With time, the ingrowing hairs will form a bump, fill with pus and result in an underarm boil.
- Staph bacteria – They are present in warm, hairy parts of the body, especially armpits. If you happen to have an opening in an area infected by staph bacteria, they will find their way into the hair follicles. When this happens, immune cells are sent to fight off the bacteria. As more and more of the cells as well as the bacteria die, they collect in the form of pus, which then collects around the hair follicle and becomes a boil. Armpit boils caused by staph bacteria usually heal on their own.
How to get rid of a boil; best treatment for boils
Boil removal can be easily done at home. This is only under the following conditions however:
- It is the first time you have had a boil, and it is not in a cluster (carbuncles). Boils that keep coming back should not be treated at home. They may result from a combination of bacteria, a fact that will make it dangerous to continue treating them at home.
- The boil is not the result of a weak immune system. For example, diabetes patients and cancer survivors should have any boils treated in a hospital.
- The boil is not infected and has not spread to other parts of the body.
- The boil has reached its maximum size. If it keeps growing and getting spongy, seek medical advice immediately. In fact, if a boil doesn’t heal by itself after two weeks, it seriously needs medical attention.
If you are have any of the above described situations, it is important that you visit your doctor. All the same, boils on the body can be treated at home. One of the most popular ways of treating boils at home is by using a heat treatment method. In essence, this method is only meant to speed up the rate at which a boil heals on its own. So you will only have to dip a piece of cloth, preferably cotton, in a basin of warm water. Massage the boil about four times each day.
In any case that there is no improvement, consult your doctor for further screening.
How to treat boils and prevent boils on body
There are many ways in which boils, especially boils on the face, can be prevented from occurring or advancing to critical stages.
- Avoid stress – A boil on the face will worsen in times of a great deal of stress. It is helpful to get involved in exercises and discussions that will keep your mind off troubling issues.
- Smoking – Cigarette smoke carries in it all types of toxins. In fact, a high tendency toward boils has been discovered in smokers.
- Don’t over-use deodorants – Overused deodorants will definitely bring about boils. Of course this will only happen if you fail to take regular baths to wash away any remnants of the deodorant from your body.
- Home treatments – Some cases of severe boils are brought about by poor home treatment methods. Don’t attempt to treat a boil on the vagina or a boil on the labia on your own.
How to treat a boil on the neck or a boil on the face
If you have a boil on the neck, a boil on the back near the spine or a boil on the face or genital areas, let a doctor recommend the best treatment. As it is to be remembered, boils are for the most part caused by bacteria. If such bacteria are to find their way into sensitive parts of your body like the genitals, face, spine or the respiratory system, the results might prove fatal.
There are various medications and medical procedures for boil removal that can be prescribed for you by a doctor. However, results received by using these medications vary from person to person. For example, a person with a boil on the buttocks may get completely different results from a person with a boil on the thigh. Differences will likewise occur with an individual with a boil on the vagina and another with a boil on the leg. This is because of the different causes of boils discussed earlier in this article.
- Some hormone pills can be used to suppress the rate at which the immune system is reacting to staph bacteria.
- Specific types of antibiotics can be prescribed. These are typically in the cases of recurrent boils.
- In cases of carbuncles, it is most advisable that a patient go through a surgical removal. This is very similar to the surgery used to remove skin tags. However, it has been reported that boils are more likely to appear in new places after such a surgery.
- Laser and freezing methods, which are also popular treatment methods to remove anal skin tags, can also be used. They are most recommendable for boils on the buttocks, boils on the labia or even boils on the thigh. This is due to the sensitivity associated with these areas.
How to treat boils; get rid of overnight boils
Some boils develop rapidly, even overnight. Never attempt to get rid of overnight boils by piercing or squeezing the pus inside them. This only makes the treatment harder and the boils more painful.
Treatment for boils that have developed overnight should be the same home treatment method discussed earlier. Just keep massaging the boil with a cloth soaked in warm water about 4 times each day. For one thing, it will help ease the pain. It also helps you to keep an eye on the development of the boil.
All the same, consider visiting a doctor if you notice irregularities in the development and intensity of the boil, or in case of carbuncles. Note that you may be mistaking a skin tag for a boil. For example, a penis skin tag will almost assuredly be painful. It is therefore easy to confuse the two. All the same, both deserve medical attention.
Boil removal; when to get medical treatment
Below are the things you need to be on the lookout for. These are symptoms of advanced boils, which you should immediately get medical treatment for:
- In case you develop a fever; that is, if your body temperature gets past 38C.
- When you have a boil on the labia or any other genital areas. It might turn out not to be a boil at all.
- If you are experiencing constant periods of exhaustion. This includes feeling lazy and not in the mood for work. It might be that you are suffering from advanced bacterial attacks.
- If a boil fails to improve or go away even with prescribed medications. A doctor may recommend surgical or laser removal. Both are effective although they are bound to leave scarring afterwards.