Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Buying Turmeric Capsules - Warning!
- #1 Remedy: Turmeric
- Boil Treatment Warnings
- Misdiagnosis Alert!
- MRSA Survey Results
- Activated Charcoal
- Alfalfa Tablets
- Aloe Vera
- Antibacterial Soap, Hot Water, Triple Antibiotic Ointment
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salts
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt
- Bacon and Onion
- Baking Soda
- Baking Soda, Lemon and Vitamin E
- Boil Cores
- Boil Outbreak Theories
- Boil Prevention Tips
- Boil Tips: Prick the Boil
- Boil Treatment Warnings
- Boil Triggers: Almonds
- Bread and Milk
- Breakfast Cereal
- Calamine Lotion
- Calcium Bentonite Clay
- Calendula Homeopathic
- Castor Oil
- Cell Salt Silica
- Coconut Oil
- Coconut Oil, Turmeric Paste
- Colloidal Gold, Bentonite Clay
- Colloidal Silver
- Colloidal Silver, Blue Flag Root
- Comfrey -- Important Remedy for Staph Infections!
- Copper Penny Water
- Cortisone Shots
- Cream of Tartar
- Dietary Recommendations
- Distilled Vinegar and Colloidal Silver
- Draining a Boil
- Drawing Salve
- Ec Lever 2000 Soap
- Eliminate Nightshade Vegetables
- Epsom Salts
- Epsom Salts, Homeopathic Remedies, Compress, Toning
- Essential Oils
- External Application of Turmeric
- Foods to Avoid
- Garlic Capsules and Eucalyptus Oil
- Garlic, Fenugreek
- Garlic, Unpasterurized Honey, Colloidal Silver
- General Feedback
- Gentian Violet for MRSA Sores
- Grapefruit Seed Extract
- Hibiclens Wash
- High Fructose Corn Syrup Related
- Hot Flannel With Soap
- Hot Water and Witch Hazel
- Hot Water Compress
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Ice Cubes
- Infared, 125 Watt Clear Lightbulb
- Iodine, Epsom Salt, Sodium Chloride
- Ivory Soap
- Laundry Soap and Sugar
- Lemon Oil
- Lining of an Egg Shell
- Lugol's Iodine
- Misdiagnosis for Boils and Staph
- Multiple Remedies
- Muscular Pain
- Neem Oil
- Nic's Turmeric Recipe
- Oregano Oil
- Organic Beets
- Ozonated Olive Oil
- Ph Balancing and Clay Poultice for Boils
- Physoderm Soap
- Preventing Reinfection
- Raw Potato
- Recurring Boils
- Remedies Needed
- Salt Pork
- Salt, Baking Soda, White Vinegar Paste
- Schuessler Tissue Salts, Fresh Onion
- Sea Salt
- Shark Oil
- Squeezing the Core
- Staal Druppels
- Staph- Related
- Stop Antibiotics, Stop Shaving
- Sugar Soaked in Kerosene
- Sun, Then Warm Shower
- Tea Tree Oil
- The Bottle Method
- Turmeric and Antibacterial or Hydrocortisone Cream
- Turmeric and Comfrey
- Turmeric and Homemade Salve
- Turmeric Recipes
- Turmeric, Honey Paste
- Turmeric, Black Salve, Tea Tree Oil
- Turmeric, Garlic
- Turmeric, Grapeseed Oil, Tea Tree Oil
- Turmeric, Magnesium, Apple Cider Vinegar
- Turmeric, Sea Salt, Lemon
- Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil
- Turmeric, Tea Tree Oil, Mycota Powder
- Turmeric, Vitamin E, Tea Tree Oil
- Vick's Vapor Rub
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Watch Your Sugar Intake!
- Watkins Salve
10/06/2012: Sp from Wb, New Jersey, Usa: "Hi Laura, a few months ago I got rid of boils with remedies I found here. I treated them from the inside and the outside. Most importantly is treating from the inside. For the inside, I take an acidophilus capsule (3 Billion) with breakfast and..."
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|Multiple Remedies||10 YEAS|
|Baking Soda||8 YEAS|
|Apple Cider Vinegar||6 YEAS|
|Drawing Salve||6 YEAS|
|Colloidal Silver||6 YEAS|
|Dietary Recommendations||5 YEAS|
Iodine, Epsom Salt, Sodium Chloride
[YEA] 09/10/2007: Caitlin from Springfield, Missouri: "About a week ago i noticed u bump on me at first i thought it was just a pimple until it got bigger and bigger it was right on my butt. It got to the point where i couldn't even walk or sit down it hurt so bad. So i talked to my mom ad she went to the store and got Iodine that really helped. Then i would take a hot hot bath ( hot as you can stand) and put Emsom Salt in there around the boil. It brought it to a head so i could pop it. Afterwards i started using Sodium Chloride' by the next day it was gone!!! It was the best for me!!"
[YEA] 03/20/2007: Kristina from Waukesha, WI: "Here is yet another of my grandma's remedies, although she wasn't what I would have called a naturalist. She had a very painful boil on her armpit that the doctor was going to lance if it didn't break by a certain day. Well, this frightened her so she went in a very hot shower with a bar of Ivory brand soap (she always swore by this brand for ailments and always kept a bar handy) and rubbed that boil up and down with the soap. It burst after I don't know how long. My theory besides the hot water is that Ivory soap dries the skin and makes it constrict, therefore bursting it. But grandma swore something in the soap was helpful, I don't know what, and maybe it drew the boil to a head. I love this site and am so indebted to its creators! Thank you!"
[YEA] 04/02/2008: Juanita from Little Rock, AR: "Some of you that are suffering from boils may want to take L-lysine 500mg daily. I had a boil appear on my buttock back in October of 2003. I didn't know what it was, but I worked in a clinic at the time and told one of the nurses my symptoms. The first thing she asked me was "have you ever had herpes"? I was somewhat taken aback and told her no. I was told to soak in a epsom salt bath. The second time the boil appeared I aksed the doctor in my clinic about it. He too asked me about herpes, I gave him the same answer that I gave the nurse, a resounding No! He gave me Cipro (which did NOT work) and sent me on my way.
Ok to make a long story longer, my cat has allergy/upper respiratory isssues. The vet gave him some antibiotics, but he told me my cat's condition is chronic and he would eventually become immune to the medicine. He told me to build up my cat's immune system by sprinkling L-lysine on his food. I read up on L-lysine and it does help your immune system and it helps with herpetic symptoms. I decided to try it the next time the boil appeared. I can always tell when it's coming because it tingles in the area just below where the boil appears. I started taking 500mg (one table daily in the morning on a empty stomach) at the first tingle. Low and behold, the boil never really appeared. I had a little itching in the area of the boil and the skin became a tiny bit raised, but after 2 days I had NO symptoms. This is amazing because this boil was so painful, it was hard for me to sit and it itched like crazy!!! I now take L-lysine daily to keep the boil way."Replies
03/04/2011: Sally from Aloha, Oregon replies: "Juanita from Little Rock
Have you ever actually been tested for herpes, or is it your ego that has you convinced that it's only a boil? As someone who has suffered from both, it really sounds more like herpes than a boil. None of my boils have ever itched and the pre-sore tingle is the calling card of a herpes outbreak. L-Lysine is great for herpes, which is also why I think that you should listen to your doctor about the diagnosis."
Laundry Soap and Sugar
[YEA] 08/21/2007: Bill from Bloomfield, New Mexico: "This remedy was used on me by my grandmother when I was a teenager. It never failed to work! The ingredients: yellow laundry bar soap and granulated sugar. She would apply the soap and sugar to a gauze pad, wrap it over the boil at night. The boil had excreted its contents by morning! It is not easy to find yellow bar soap. I don't know about the effectiveness of any other bar soap, but experimentation is certainly worth a try."Replies
05/27/2008: Stephanie from Salt lake City, Utah replies: "The yellow laundry bar you refer to is called PHELS-NAPTHA and it has been around since the begining of time (well, maybe not quite that long). They carry it at a local grocery store here where I live, but I am sure you can probably get it online. Besides being good for boils, it will take just about every stain out of your clothes."
08/04/2008: Sherry from Rock Rapids, Iowa replies: "I wonder if www.soapsgonebuy.com would carry the soap. I know they carry all kinds of the "Old Time" Soaps that are hard to find in the "New Time" haha. I just looked and found it! Here is a link to the FELS-NAPTHA soap.
EC: Lots of grocery stores still carry FELS-NAPTHA too.
05/17/2009: Irene from Dewey, AZ replies: "Iv lived in many States and never found a Grocery store that did not sell "yellow soap" its just smaller than every thing else. its usually on the top shelf in the detergent area near the stain removers wrapped individually in white like regular soap and says PHELS-NAPTHA. I hope this helps you find it."
03/06/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "FelzNaptha soap is always available at Walmart in the LARGE BAR, quite cheap; in the laundry aisle."
[NAY] 08/09/2009: Douglas from Dillon, Co.: "I've had a bump on the top between my toes for a year now. Lemon oil seems to reduce it but it comes back just as big. At times it hurts as it is alittle bit bigger. I'm now trying a poltis of turmeric and goldenseal. I'll let you know how it works. Doug"
Lining of an Egg Shell
[YEA] 03/20/2008: Sandy from Round Lake, IL: "I recently had a boil (ailment) and was experiencing difficulty getting it to come to a head. My daughter-in-law researched your site and was able to give me some suggestions to assist in my plight. She gave me several remedies. I chose to use the skin of an egg and lined it with a tumeric paste ((few drops of water & tumeric)(remedy). I applied it to the boil and covered it with a bandaid overnight. In the morning it had come to a head and I was able to extract the core. I then covered the area with an antibiotic ointment and a bandaid. It worked fine!!! Thanks so much for your information."
[YEA] 12/30/2006: Jim from Olean, NY: "egg liner -- brought a boil to a head and at other times it made them go away."
[YEA] 04/02/2006: Sue from Austin, TX: "My mother in-law told us about putting the film on the inside of the egg shell on a boil and it would draw it out to a head. Crack open an egg, empty it and the white/clear film on the inside of the shell is what you put on the boil and leave there."
[YEA] 04/05/2009: Steven from Shohola, PA: "Iodine Resolves Developing Boil
I have been taking 5 drops of Lugol's 2% strength solution for 3 months now. [I understand this to equal 12.5 mg of iodine whereas the 5% solution would require only 2 drops.]
About a month ago I began getting an infection in one nostril and could feel a boil developing. My nose was sensitive to the touch and I knew it was only a matter of time and it would be really bad. I waited a couple of days as it worsened. I then increased my dose of Lugol's 2% solution to 5 drops in a pint of water 6 times a day along with 500mg of vitamin C 6 times a day. After 2 days, the infection was 95& better and I dropped my dose to what I normally take. Another 2 days later I was back to normal."
[WARNING!] 06/21/2012: "One potential warning about this - combining Vit C and Iodine is said by many to convert the iodine to iodide."
06/23/2012: Jules from Colorado Springs, Colorado replies: "How far apart shoul Lugol's Iodine and vitamin C be taken? Thanks!! "
Misdiagnosis for Boils and Staph
04/25/2011: Busycagal from Los Angeles, Ca, Usa: "My daughter was "diagnosed" with multiple spider bites, then allergic reaction to the venom, then skin Staph infection all with many month long antibiotic treatment that cured nothing, but kept the amount of boils somewhat less. After greatly suffering for 1-1/2 years, insisted on an infectious disease doctor and got the nasal cream. Went away in two days! However, a year later she was "diagnosed" with Crohn's disease with an unidentified bacteria in the stool and results not typical for IBD. History of chronic ear itching and flaking since also. Could this all be MRSA colonizing in the intestines and ear canal? I think so."
[YEA] 02/02/2013: Angsu from Lima, Peru: "After suffering from boils for about 8 months, and trying a huge number of combinations... My conclusion as follows:
Staph is very adept at mutating to survive. Therefore one remedy you use, may prove useless in several months time. Changing body chemistry and hitting it where it cannot defend itself is the only way to destroy it completely. Therefore PH and Magensium really works (as Ted advises).
- Lemon juice / Bicarb twice daily
- Vitamin C as Magnesium Ascorbate (not Sodium Ascorbate) once daily 1000 - 2000mg is enough.
Exterior (on the boils themselves):
- Magnesium (i used as Mag chloride) powder, mixed with a little water (stings), on a cotton wool pad, taped to the boil.
Also, to dry them out:
- Bicarbonate of soda, mixed with Sange de Grado (Dragons blood) pure.
For overnight, to reduce inflammation and draw out pus:
- Coconut oil, mixed with fresh or powdered turmeric (as a paste), and fresh liquidised cilantro, coriander (to activate it) and some black pepper.
MMS in solution mixed with DMSO does get rid of folliculitis in about 24 hours, but the issue is maintaining a body where the bacteria cannot grow. Therefore lots of water, lots of alkalysing and magnesium internally and externally. For external applications use tape to affix a cotton wool pad with the remedy, for daily and overnight applications. Overnight has great results!!!"
09/05/2011: Anne from Brooklyn, Ny: "A year ago I started suffering from boils in my armpits. I got one on the right side, which finally resolved after antibiotics and compresses, and it was a traumatic experience. Nine months later, when it started getting hot out again, I noticed tiny little whitehead type things appearing in my pits, and two of them developed into boils on the left side. I had to take two rounds of antibiotics because the first did not kill the staph infection and I had to get one lanced. They hurt terribly and look awful, and since I keep getting them I feel like antibiotics are not the answer.
Last week I notcied a tender spot in my left pit but couldn't see anything, but two days later a boil was clearly developing and it was extremely painful. Went to the doc who gave me a prescription, but I was determined not to take more antibiotics. After all, the doc thought that taking antibiotics after I had surgery last year may have lowered my immune system in the first place.
I am currently trying several remedies and having success. I started taking turmeric in warm milk at the first sign (2x a day) and applying tea tree oil, but this did not stop the boil from getting huge. I've also been hot compressing it and I bought some Prid homeopathic drawing salve (it looks like black tar) from the pharmacy and applied that. Both things helped draw it to a head. The boil seemed ready to pop, so I sterilized a needle and just opened the tiny little white head to help it along and get it to start draining. It was draining slowly so I alternately applied hot compresses (with salt in them) and then applying the drawing salve and covering it with a bandage. Yesterday it drained a lot and is much less painful now (not waking me up at night), though still nasty looking.
I feel like I can beat it without the antibiotics, which I'm really happy about. However, I've noticed that I still have tiny little white heads on the other armpits so I do think that somehow my system is messed up and perhaps toxic.... Why else would I keep getting these? I am thinking I need to do a detox/cleanse and I have started taking probiotics to help boost my immune system. I will report back if I do the cleanse."Replies
09/05/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Hi Anne, Shaving can be a cause. I was having them continuously and when I stopped shaving they stopped coming. Never had one since. Keep on with the turmeric as its long term use will help with the removal of toxins and infections in your body. It will also help your liver which may need some support in removing toxins from your system. All the best."
09/05/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "Have just remembered I also stopped using my deodorants and switched to the solid crystal instead, rinsing it well after each use. Now I use lemon, just a little juice on both palms an put on each armpit."
09/05/2011: Anne from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Hi Maria, My doctor said razors could be the cause so I use Hibiclens after I shave, but that hasn't stopped them. This has abeen a very stressful time, so that probably is influencing it as well. I also have stopped using antipersperant and switched to a spray deodorant so that I don't have to worry about spreading it from side to side. I am thinking of possibly exploring laser hair removal...
I will keep on with the turmeric and try the clean program, and hopefully be done with this once and for all!"
09/05/2011: Debbie from Melbourne, Australia replies: "Ann, boils and any skin condition are a result of sluggish digestion and the toxins are merely getting out of the skin via a boil (or a rash or ezcema etc. etc.).
Once you clean up your digestion you won't have any more boils.
The tumeric should help... Maybe you didn't use enough. I add it in all my curries. Even sprinkle it on roast chicken. Garlic is also good for digestion, digestive engzymes will also help along with the probiotics. If your liver is an issue, chlorella and spirulina are natural liver detoxers. Stay away from processed foods, they are NOT food. You may as well eat cardboard for the nutritional value they have."
09/06/2011: Anne from Brooklyn, Ny replies: "Thanks for all your feedback. I started taking chlorella a week or two ago and just got some probiotics, so hopefully that will help with my digestion. In the meantime, I'm going to try to really focus on eating a clean, whole food diet. I'm a pretty healthy person generally, but do eat some processed foods, so I'm going to try and cut those out. Perhaps I'll try taking a bit more turmeric and incorporate it into my cooking as much as possible. Thanks again for your suggestions."
[YEA] 07/19/2011: Ali from Between A Corn Field And A Corn Field, Mid-west : "I just wanted to make people aware that if you absolutely need to take Tumeric/Curcumin in supplement form, Vitamin World sells it in capsules and the only ingredients listed, other than the tumeric, is Gelatin and Vegetable Stearic Acid... There's no DiCalcium Phosphate. The pure spice form is preferable of course but I wanted to share another option. Also, buying pure Melissa (lemon balm) essential oil and using 1-3 drops in a carrier oil (like Vitamin E or Almond Oil) applied to the body or affected areas has antibacterial effects. Tea tree, rosewood, calendula and many other oils can provide you with daily prevention. My recommendation is to google any of those for further information. I hope this helps!"
[YEA] 11/24/2010: Joeym from Minneapolis , Mn: "I have successfully drained two painful boils/large pimples (one was a MRSA staph boil) by mixing homemade colloidal silver with bentonite clay powder and making a poultice of it between layers of medical gauze. I covered it with breathable medical tape overnight and when I woke up, the boil/pimple had drained to near completion. I also continued the poultice throughout the day, and by evening, it had drained completely. The pus was gone and new skin was showing where the drainage was previously coming out. Between dressings I used hydrogen peroxide to clean the boil and the area surrounding it. In my opinion, this is the best way to drain a boil/large pimple as it doesn't require any pressure or squeezing, which often causes scarring.
The MRSA boil was on my face and was the size of a silver dollar. My doctor told me that I would likely have a large pock-mark or scar on my face. It has been a little over a month, and you can't even see where the boil was. I'm thankful for the internet, as this is how I discovered the Colloidal Silver/Bentonite Clay treatment. I'm just passing along my experience for others. Blessings to you all!"
[YEA] 01/20/2010: Ally from Atlanta, Ga: "I am glad I found this page and others. About Me: I am a 25-year old, African American female. I have never been sexually active. I am 5'6" and 135 pounds. I eat too many sweets/carbs & shave weekly. I recently got over a cold
Today, relief came to me after barely 24 hours of INTENSE treatment. Yesterday, after I got off work I picked up Turmeric and Acidophilus, Antibacterial bodywash, and Tea Tree Oil. I took a hot shower (5:45) using the antibacterial bodywash and applied a hot compress (drained, wet cloth microwaved for 1 minutes) dipped in a paste mixture (of 1 miced clove of garlic, 3 tbsp baking soda, 1 tbspp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp lemon juice, and 1 capsule of Turmeric). I placed gauze on top of the boil so the mixture would stay in place. I ate a meal and took 1 capsule of Acidophilus and 1 capsule of Turmeric. I drank an additional glass of water. Later, I soaked in a tub of hot water (as hot as you can take) and sprinkled epsolm salt, baking soda, and peroxide. I washed with the antibacterial bodywash. After about 20 minutes of soaking I applied tea tree oil to the boil and everything within an inch or two of it as well. I got a q-tip and dipped it in the tea tree and cleaned out my nose. It felt tingly like how vapor rub opens your nasal passages up. Then, I went to bed.
When I woke up this morning I applied a hot compress with the mixture again and sat in a hot tub for a quick soak. When I got out of the tub (8am) I was about to apply the tea tree oil when I saw liquid oozing out of the boil. Hallelujah! I squeezed it and immediately cleaned it with peroxide and followed with tea tree oil (a natural antiseptic) and triple antibiotic ointment (get from any grocery store or pharmacy). BEWARE! If you do not disinfect and treat the area after the boil bursts, it will become infected again and may spread. I will continue to shower with antibacterial bodywash (for the rest of my life), have hot soaks for the next week, take Acidophilus & Turmeric for the next week, and drink more water forever :-).
WHAT HAVE I LEARNED:
1.) I will no longer shave except for my legs and underarms.
2.)After shaving I will immediately wash with antibacterial bodywash or antibacterial soap (which is different from regular fragranced soaps because if it doesn't say antibacterial, then it won't kill any bacteria).
3.) I will look for and begin using deodorant (not anti-perspirant) with tea trea oil in it because it's healthier and will fight infection before anything happens. There are lotions and oils with tea tree oil and I will be sure to look for those as well.
4.)I have always done this, but thought I'd share... I change my washcloth and bath towel daily for good hygiene. I never wash my face with the same washcloth I bathe with.
5.) When you do laundry, I suggest adding a capfull of pine sol into your wash to disinfect your undergarments that had close contact with the infected regions.
6.) Carry anti-bacterial wipes around with you because the bacteria that causes boils can be spread.
ATTENTION LADIES: If the boil is in your private area, I suggest wearing pantyliners and cleaning the boil with tea tree everytime you use the restroom during the day and changing your liner as well."