Armpit is one of the most common body parts that frequently get 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 a bout twice a month. These boils will take turns to appear, develop and then go away on their own. The fact that they are painful makes it important to know how to get rid of a boil fast.
Generally, boils are bumps that develop underneath the skin, filled with pus. They result from bacterial infestations on hair follicles. In the initial stages, you will experience red but tender skin bumps, which take no time into filling collecting and filling with pus. Boils are always painful, and it gets worse the more they enlarge. In some cases, they develop to 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 accounted for by armpit boils. Other parts of the body likely to be affected include:
What causes armpit boil and boil on under arm
Armpit boils are very notorious and very common. In fact, it is less likely that you will never develop one at least once in 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 into an armpit boil.
- Deep shaving – Some people get to deep-razor shave their underarms. This leads to several hairs been cut too deep, so much that they grow inwards under the skin surface. With time, the ingrowing hairs will form a bump, fill with pus and result into an under arm boil.
- Staph bacteria – They are present in warm hairy parts of the body, especially arm pits. If it happens that you 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 plus the bacteria die, they collect in form of pus which is then collected around the hair follicle and translated as a boil. Armpit boils caused by staph bacteria usually heal off on their own.
How to get rid of a boil; best treatment for boils
Boil removal can be easily done at home. This is under the following conditions however:
- You are having a boil on skin for the first time or not in a cluster (carbuncles). What I mean is that boils on body that keep coming back should not be treated at home. They may be resulting from a combination of bacteria, a fact that will make it dangerous to continue treating them at home.
- The boil is not resulting from a weak immune system. For example, diabetes patients and cancer survivors should have any cases of boils treated in a hospital.
- The boil is not infected; that is it 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 on itself after two weeks, it seriously needs medical attention.
If you are in any of the above described situations, it is important that you visit a GP. All the same, boils on 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. Here, you will only be required to dip a piece of cloth, preferably cotton-made in a basin of warm water. Maintain about four massages on the boil on daily basis.
In any case that there is no improvement, consult a GP for further screening.
How to treat boils and prevent boils on body
There are many ways in which boils, especially a boil on face can be prevented from occurring or advancing to critical stages.
- Avoid stress – A boil on face will worsen in times of much stress. It is important that you get involved in exercises and discussions that will keep your mind off a troubling issue.
- Smoking – Cigarette smoke carries in it all types of toxins. In fact, a high tendency of boils infestation 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 off your body.
- Home treatments – Some cases of severe boil infestation are brought about by poor home treatment methods. Don’t attempt to treat a boil on vagina or a boil on labia on your own.
How to treat a boil on neck or a boil on face
If you have a boil on neck, a boil on back near the spine or a boil on face and genital areas let a GP recommend the best treatment for the same. As it is to be remembered, boils are for the larger part caused by bacteria. If such bacteria are to finds their ways into sensitive parts of your body like genitals, face, spine or the breathing system, the results might prove fatal.
There are various medications and medical procedures that can be prescribed to you by a GP for boil removal. However, results gotten from using these medications vary from person to person. For example, a person having a boil on butt may get completely different results from a person having a boil on thigh. The same will happen with an individual having a boil on vagina and another having a boil on 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 anti-biotics can be prescribed. This is in case that the boils keep going and coming back.
- In case of carbuncles, it is most advisable that a patient go through a surgical removal. This is much similar to the surgery used to remove skin tags. However, it has been reported that boils are likely to appear on new places after such a surgery.
- Laser and freezing methods, popular treatment methods to remove anal skin tags can also be used. They are most recommendable for boil on butt, boil on labia or even boil on thigh. This is due to the sensitivity associated with these areas.
How to treat boils; get rid of overnight boils
Some boils develop rapidly, overnight to be specific. 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 home treatment method discussed earlier. Just keep massaging the boil with warm water cloth on daily basis and about 4 times each day. For one, it will help ease the pain and also help you keep an eye on the development of the boil.
All the same, consider visiting a GP is 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 infestation with 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 look out for. There are symptoms of advanced boil infestations, for 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 labia or any other genital areas. It might not be a boil in the end.
- 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 GP may recommend surgical or laser removal. Both are effective although they are bound to leave scarring afterwards.