Breast boils are not dangerous but they can be painful and embarrassing. Many women suffer from breast boils (or abscesses and lesions) especially under their breasts. For some it may appear during their puberty age and for others, during their menopause.
However, it is also common during PMS and in older women. In this article, we shall tell you how to treat breast boils at home naturally.
What Are Breast Boils?
Breast boils are red, pus filled, swollen pimple like bumps that appear under your skin of your breast. It can show up anywhere on your breast, but the most common part is underside of your breast, area that’s hot and humid.
Breast boils can be treated at home but if they turn chronic and recur frequently, you would need a course of antibiotics to treat the condition.
Breast boils are more severe and recurrent in diabetic patients. It could be a sign of an underlying health issue like diabetes, heart, skin allergy, and even fear and anxiety.
Causes of Breast Boils
Boils are infected hair follicles that may occur in any part of your body, common areas include breasts, underarms, groin, hips and inner thighs. These boils appear when the sweat glands or hair follicles are plugged, which trigger inflammation, pain and pus formation.
They can appear as singles or in clusters and the size range from a small pea to a golf ball. They often leave scars behind if not healed correctly.
Although boils are not a result of poor hygiene or obesity, it is common in those areas where heat builds up easily such as skin creases and therefore, unhygienic lifestyle and over-weight can worsen the infection.
Some of the common factors that trigger breast boils are;
- Hot and humid climate
- Hormonal imbalance due to puberty, periods, pregnancy and menopause
- Poor diet
- Ingrown hair
- Allergic reactions on skin
- Improper use of cosmetics
- Tight clothing
- Using oral contraceptive
- Weakened immune system
- Shaving in wrong direction
Symptoms of Breast Boils
At its onset you will see small red coloured, almost pimple like bump on the skin. It will be not more than half an inch in size. In a few days the boil will get bigger, painful and will develop a pus pocket.
In severe cases the surrounding skin will also turn painful, with yellow pus oozing out from the centre. The boil may produce itching, followed by swollen lymph nodes and fever.
The treatments mentioned here are for mild breast boils. For severe and recurring cases please visit your doctor for an antibiotic course as it could be a bacterial infection.
How to Treat Breast Boils at Home?
Breast boils can be treated at home. Here are some ways to tackle them effectively.
1. Warm Compress
Most common treatment for any boil is compressing it with warm or hot cloth. You can dip a clean cloth or cotton ball in warm salted water, squeeze the excess water and place it on the boil. Apply slight pressure for 15 minutes. Repeat this 3 -4 times a day.
2. OTC Topical Ointment
You can easily buy a topical antibiotic ointment such as Neosporin or Mupirocin to treat the boil. Warm compress the boil; clean the area with dry cloth and apply the ointment. This should also be done 3 – 4 times a day.
If need be, you can also place a Band-Aid on the boil upon application.
3. Turmeric and Neem Paste
Turmeric is an excellent natural antiseptic and so is neem. Both are used to treat many skin infections. They also prevent scarring of skin.
Grind turmeric and neem in to a fine paste with some water. Apply the paste on the boil and leave it overnight. Wash off with warm water.
Repeat this until the boil goes away.
4. Ginger and Sandalwood
Like turmeric even ginger is a rich source of antibacterial and antiseptic properties. Sandalwood is known for skin nourishment. Ginger kills the germ and sandalwood reduces inflamed skin.
Make a paste of fresh ginger and sandalwood powder. Apply the paste 4 – 5 times a day.
Onion is an effective natural home remedy that cures cold and cough symptoms and acne and boils as well.
Grind an onion and apply its paste on the bump. You can also place a slice of an onion and secure it with a bandage for effective results. Do it every day until the boil goes away.
Garlic has several potent ailment curing properties. It is good for the heart, particularly. It can cure the boil quite quickly without leaving any scars behind. Crush two to three garlic cloves and apply the paste on the boil. You can secure the paste with a band aid. Wash with warm water.
Repeat this 2 – 3 times a day.
Eggs, especially the whites are known for treating boils naturally. Surprisingly it cures this skin infection perfectly and quickly. Crack an egg and separate the white. Whip the white until frothy. Apply this as a lotion on the boil and allow it to dry. Wash off the area with warm water.
Repeat once or twice a day until symptoms go.
8. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an herbal anti-septic and is used for curing skin infections and allergies. Apply a drop of tea tree oil on the boil directly. Massage the area slightly to let the oil penetrate. Repeat this twice a day for maximum benefits.
9. Fenugreek Seeds
Fenugreek seeds are natural cooling agents. They also have antifungal and antibacterial properties. They cure boils by reducing the inflammation and killing the germs. They are also used for treating stomach ulcers and periods pain.
Soak fenugreek seeds for 4 hours or until soft. Make a paste out of it. Apply it on the boil twice everyday.
Fenugreek seeds will also prevent other infections or skin allergies.
10. Epsom Salt
Epsom salt is widely used for treating skin problems including rashes and boils. Fill your tub with warm water. Add 2 – 3 tsp of Epsom salt into it. Soak your body for a while before taking a shower.
Remember, it is advisable to wear loose clothes when you have a boil. Wash your hands before touching it and do not try to squeeze as it may spread infection. Exfoliate your skin to avoid sweat ducts blockage and practice good hygiene. If you experience discomfort in spite of trying the above methods, it is recommended to visit a doctor at the earliest.