My husband has recurring lumps or bumps under his arm pits. What can he use besides over the counter pain relievers?

The lumps in the armpit are most probably boils or carbuncles.Carbuncles are clusters of pus filled boils.Such boils or carbuncles are formed below the skin, when bacteria infects the hair follicles.

Armpits,neck, face, thighs are susceptible to such boils. A suggested home remedy to treat such boils is an application of tea tree oil. This oil is extracted from the leaves of the Australian tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) and is used as an antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal agent. It is known to help relieve discomfort and heal the wound faster. Tea tree oil can be applied to a boil several times a day. It is important to note that it can cause allergic reactions in which case one can stop using it immediately.

Another option is to treat the boils with turmeric. Turmeric can be consumed (1 teaspoon-three times a day) with water for wound healing. It can also be applied on the boil to heal and lighten wound marks. But you must take care, as turmeric can stain clothes. Other home remedies are epsom salt bath everyday, applying castor oil or iodine on the boil.


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