Treatment for boils on legs

The real treatment you need is not for the boils but some other ailment that is causing these boils to occur. Boils are not a disease themselves but an indication of some other illness. It would be advisable to get a medical examination done in order to treat the actual problem rather than worrying about just the boils and the ugly marks on your legs.

One of the main reasons for boils to occur on the body is the toxic build up in the system. If you have an improper bowel movement, or if your colon is unclean, it can manifest itself in the form of boils. So first make sure that you eliminate the waste without any strain at least twice a day. Another major reason for recurring boils is the bacteria staphylococcus which can enter the sweat glands and cause an inflammation of the skin tissues. These kinds of boils are called furuncles or carbuncles. Or, your boils could also be cystic acne, which occur when oil ducts get clogged and infected. If not these, then the boils could be because of poor hygiene, allergies, drug or alcohol addiction, or even heredity.

Along with the prescribed treatment for your problem, you can make use of home remedies to treat the boils as well. Firstly, take special care to eliminate the waste from your system. For that, drink at least three liters of water a day, have a balanced diet with lots of high-fiber food, whole-grain, green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits and juices. Also get some form of exercise like aerobics, jogging, cycling, and swimming. Avoid dairy products for a few weeks, and say no to junk and oily food. To get rid of the boils, apply the juices of garlic and onion (mixed in equal quantities) externally. Margosa leaves are great disinfectants and treat almost all kinds of skin problems, including boils. Use the leaves in poultice, ointment or decoction form. For a decoction, take 15 grams margosa leaves and boil them in 50 ml water till the liquid is reduced by 1/3. Just like margosa leaves, bitter gourd is very effective in clearing all kinds of toxins from the body and fighting bacterial infections. You can mix some bitter gourd juice with a few drops of lime juice and drink this everyday. It is recommended that you drink this on an empty stomach. And since you want to get rid of boils and the marks, apply a paste of turmeric powder and milk.

answered by G M

Boils or swellings on the legs are usually a precedent of an illness or a disorder in the body; especially in the case of recurrent painful boils that do not go away even after being treated at home. There are numerous reasons as to why you might be getting boils. However, before you resort to any treatment, it is advisable to get a thorough medical checkup to determine the cause of the boils and their recurrence. It is extremely important that you seek an accurate diagnosis from a qualified medical expert before attempting ay form of treatment.

Various diseases and disorders share common symptoms, and if you start treating the condition without diagnosing the correct illness you may land up delaying the rightful treatment of a, perhaps, serious underlying medical condition. In short, refrain from self-diagnosis and self-treatment.

Having said that, boils can occur due to several reasons, some of them include inflamed tissues in the skin caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Such boils caused by the resistant staph are referred to as furuncles or carbuncles and take place in a recurrent manner among patients. Other types of boils are cystic acne that form when oil ducts get choked and infected; Hidradenitis suppurativa where numerous abscesses emerge due to a local inflammation of the sweat glands; and Pilonidal cyst which is a type of a localized collection of pus occurring near the buttocks formed due to long hours of sitting.

Boils and carbuncles are also likely to form among patients with diabetes mellitus, especially when subjected to shots of insulin, alcohol addiction or substance abuse, poor sanitary practices, allergic reactions or immune system conditions including HIV, or hereditary factors to name a few.

Most simple boils can be easily treated at the early stages and at home. However, if it is noticed that the boils recur even with on-going home treatment, it is time to consult a medical expert to prevent recurring and persistent problems. In some cases, medical treatment by a health professional may include piercing or opening up the boil to get rid of the pressure and drain out the fluid. Doctors usually prescribe antibiotics to prevent further infection.

It is also important to note that the occurrence of boils when accompanied by fever is a case of urgent medical attention. It may point to an infection of the lymph glands which must not be delayed at any cost. And most importantly painful boils that do not see much improvement need immediate specialized care and help.

answered by G M

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