Boil, Boil, Toil and Trouble

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-09-01 12:19:08 -0500
Started 2012-11-16 19:01:33 -0600

I know it's a little late for Halloween phrases, but I had to share this one so you guys don't make the same mistake I did.

BOILS! They are kind of are a pain in the "wherever you have one" and I have had my first which ended up with a first time trip to the ER for me yesterday. Really?? It couldn't be something more exotic or tragic. Nope. Just a stinkin' boil that I couldn't treat on my own.

It sent my sugars to 295 (upon check in) and lead to 6 hours of excruciating pain while waiting to get seen. Then there was the IV, my first one as an adult, and the pokes for blood and such. My normally normal blood pressure was sky high and I just wanted relief. And it came, thank goodness!! Even though the doctor said my lab work is good, he warned me I am not out of the woods yet. He fears for more infection. Followup is tomorrow where they will unpack my wound and repack it to heal from the inside.

My husband loves sharing the gory details, as he had a ring side seat, but I will spare you that.

I just say this to encourage you, if one of the most uninvited visitors should appear, to get it taken care of as soon as you can. That infection in my body has messed up a lot of hard work. So keep an eye on all parts of your body and don't let things get out of hand.

23 replies

GabbyPA 2012-12-05 10:01:37 -0600 Report

Just thought I would share this with you guys. I went for my follow up visit with my doctor about my boil and he asked me what I thought caused it. I told him the typical answers, sugar, heat, moisture, etc. He looked me in the eye and said "God caused it to make you come in to see me." Ahhh, I knew he was right.

It is a vicious cycle to have one, and it fed my high sugar as much as my high sugar fed it. I tried to deal with it on my own and failed. I should have seen him earlier about it, but I made excuses. His statement humbled me and put in some better perspective how much he cares about what happens to me.

He chastised me a little, was happy for my weight loss and I am scheduled to see him in 3 months.

sNerTs1 2013-05-15 08:14:26 -0500 Report

That sounds very painful! Thanks mmccance for sharing your remedy. I saved this to favorites in case it's needed in the future. Glad you are doing better Gabby

GabbyPA 2013-05-16 19:39:58 -0500 Report

Yep, no re-occurances at all. I have a little scar, but that's it. I check it every once in a while to make sure there is not something going on under my skin that I cannot see. So far so good!

mmccance 2012-11-19 20:26:33 -0600 Report

When I was a child I had a bee sting on my foot that got infected. It actually had a red line going up my leg. My mother treated it with a flax seed poultice and within a day the red line was gone and it was healing nicely. Later when I started to get boils from time to time, I used that same method. It clears it up in a day or two, usually.

Here is what she did and what I've done in the past for my own boils:

1. Place some clean white cotton cloth (about a food square) over the top of a medium sized deep bowl.

2. Place about a quarter cup of flax seeds in the middle of the cloth (more if the boil is particularly large), then fold the right side of the cloth over it, and then the left side, so you have a long narrow triple layer of cloth with the seeds in the bottom layer. The long tails make it possible to handle the poultice without touching the part that will cover the boil.

3. Boil some water and pour it over the seeds in the prepared cloth as it sits above the bowl. (The bowl is to catch the water.) The long tails do not have to get wet — but it's ok if they do.

4. Wait for the poultice to cool to a temperature that will not scald the body but is still hot.

5. Place it, seed side down, on the boil and leave it there until it cools (about 10-15 minutes). When you remove the poultice the boil may be open and draining. Wipe it clean with sterile gauze pads.

6. Repeat by pouring boiling water over the same poultice to clean and reheat it. Let it cool, place on boil again. Then remove when cool, and clean — it will have less drainage this time.

7. Do it one more time — hot water, cool, place on boil. The boil will be completely clean by the third application.

This usually lets it clear up in a day or two with no further treatment needed. A large clean bandage or band aid may be needed for the next couple of days, just to keep it clean while it closes itself up.

As I continued treating them this way, I began to wonder what the flax seeds actually do. I ended up thinking that there is no real medicinal quality in them other than that they hold the heat. I think it is the heat that kills the bacteria and allows the wound to heal. The flax seeds keep it hot longer so it heals faster.

I'm not recommending that you skip going to the doctor… but it is not only faster it is cheaper to buy two dollars worth of flax seed than to visit a doctor and pay for a prescription, too.

Even if you don't use this method, it is an interesting bit of folklore. Most people don't really know what a poultice is, now-a-days — LOL. I've used this before and find that it has really worked for me. Perhaps it will work for someone else, too.

Love you,

GabbyPA 2012-11-20 17:26:54 -0600 Report

This is Fantastic! Thanks. I read that the hot compress is the way to deal with them (of course after the fact) But this sounds like a great natural way to deal with it. I plant to keep this on record. Thank you so much.

mmccance 2012-11-20 17:55:03 -0600 Report

No problem! Glad to share!!

GabbyPA 2013-05-14 09:18:07 -0500 Report

You know, I had the one start to show again, and I used your recipe here. Worked like a charm!! Just one application did it. I caught it early and took action. Thank you so much!

MrsCDogg 2012-11-19 07:17:09 -0600 Report

I have had boils in the past. It's been a while since the last one tho. My worst one was on my lower tummy area. It started as a boil and ended up as an abcess that was about 2 inches across and every bit of 1/2 inch deep. I was so stupid for not going to the doctor but I didn't. I took care of it myself. I did this by keeping it clean, changing the dressing on it twice a day and keeping antibiotic ointment on it. It took about 8 weeks to get it healed but it did heal. If I ever am unfortunate enough to have another one I will see the doc for sure!!

GabbyPA 2012-11-19 08:03:35 -0600 Report

I am the same way. I don't have insurance and I go to a clinic for my primary and it takes 3 moths to get in. I had no choice but the ER, but I am glad I did. It is almost gone now, and I can walk and sit without pain. It was a huge relief to have it gone. I was more afraid of the infection than the pain really. I got worried it would grow into something I would regret. So while I waited a day or two, too long to go. I'm very glad I went.

Jan8 2012-11-19 08:59:02 -0600 Report

Proud of you Gabby. boils are no fun. getting treated early is the key for developing a staff infection in the blood.

watson4042 2012-11-17 13:17:55 -0600 Report

boils are NOT fun! i have suffered with them for years. always around the panty lines on my thighs…a very difficult area to treat. as mentioned in another post, warm water to draw it to a head, drawing save and wait for it to pop. mine has developed with a staph infection. now i'm getting them on my breasts. these don't hurt and i can treat them easily. but…no matter where the boil's a big pain!!

GabbyPA 2012-11-19 08:01:07 -0600 Report

Yes they are! I don't want to have any more, but alas. Diabetics I am reading, are prone to them. Oh the things to look forward to. LOL

Joeyagale 2012-11-17 12:10:56 -0600 Report

I keep getting boils on my inner thighs and i have one on the top of my leg, i put warm wash cloths on them, and i also use a drawing sab my mother has. How did they treat yours? Alot of my doctors i had . Just say to wash the area and then, put a hot wash cloth on the boil. i put norsporin on them for the pain. it helps a little.

GabbyPA 2012-11-19 07:59:47 -0600 Report

If I can done that early in the life of it, it would have been better. I was treating it more like a pimple and trying to drain it forcibly, that made it worse. Now that I know the hot compress method, I will do that next time, you can be sure of that. YUCK. What a mess it was.

jayabee52 2012-11-17 01:02:58 -0600 Report

I believe we talked about boils in October 2012 ~

I myself had boils in my late teens to early 20s and had several before I recognized the beginnings of one I then tried to rub the beginning boil (before it got too big and painful to do) I rubbed the boil nearly continuously and frequently until it dissipated. I had others which started, but then eventually stopped. I did have a recurrence a couple of yrs ago, but I did the same thing and the new boil went away. Haven't had another recurrence so far.

GabbyPA 2012-11-19 07:58:12 -0600 Report

That is great. Apparently, the one thing we should not have been doing is what we were doing...ooops! I will know for next time though.

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Linda crutch 2012-11-16 22:20:50 -0600 Report

I have a friend that has diabetes and has had 3 or more of the boils that er said was from ingrown hair!!! I guess they were wrong!! Thanks for the info and I sure hope you get over the pain fast!

GabbyPA 2012-11-19 07:57:09 -0600 Report

They may have been right. I was reading that often they start with a hair follicle that gets infected. An ingrown hair will do that.

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