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Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Boils

Dab a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar and tape it to the boil, then replace it twice a day. For a simultaneous internal treatment, try also taking the ACV tonic (1 tsp - 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a tall glass of water, natural sweetener optional).

[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS]  12/08/2011: It's Rough from Sault Ste Marie, On: "I started using the ACV in September, and found it's only worked (and has done so fast) when I have applied it on a cotton ball and held it there tight with a bandaid (waterproof ones are bad, as they leave the glue on you for days after and are harder to get off). So for the first two months, I'd basically just swab them and it didn't work very well. Over November they had all but disappeared, with just a few new ones showing up on my inner thighs (problem area was the scrotum at first). But one thing, after doing this for awhile the non-affected skin has been, well, pickled it seems. It is brown around the area and looks unappealing. Has anyone encountered this and know of a cream or something to return the skin to normal?

One more note: green tea. It heals your skin up nice and fast after; should have been downing 3 cups a day when I started this business. (But it's not really doing much for the darker spots of skin mentioned above).

Good luck"


[YEA]  08/19/2010: Vivian from Cedar Rapids, Ia: "I soak a cotton ball in ACV and apply it to the boil with a bandaid. I replace it with a new one 2-3 times a day. It always brings the boil to a head and drains within a couple of days. It is a lifesaver! No more antibiotics and lancing!"

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08/19/2010: E.j. from Brevard, N.c., Usa replies: "Hi Vivian, Is your boils from hidradenitis or something else? I am using turmeric at the moment and tea tree oil. EJ"
08/20/2010: Vivian from Cedar Rapids, Ia replies: "I have never heard of hidradenitis before, but after looking it up it seems fitting."
04/08/2011: Nikki from Olivehurst, Ca, United States replies: "Yesterday I started bandaging soaked apple cider vinegar cotton pads on two mrsa infections I have & it seems to be making all the stuff inside harden like a scab... A couple of days ago I tried the baking soda & apple cider mix but it didnt work. After that I tried a cotton pad soaked with castor oil & dipped in sea salt, that didnt work. But then the apple cider vinegar does this. It doesnt seem to be getting worse, a lot of the swelling has gone down but theyre still really red & hard. Im breastfeeding my son so I dont have very many options. I cant drink the vinegar or take turmeric capsules & this is all I have to work with at home.

In the mean time I bought some tea tree oil, eucalyptus oil & turmeric powder on ebay. For anyone who has had success with using apple cider vinegar this way, does the infection harden like a scab from the inside?? Any info about apple cider vinegar would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks! :)"

04/08/2011: R from Denver, Co replies: "Why can you not take ACV or turmeric? I am breastfeeding also and take both...."
04/10/2011: Nikki from Olivehurst, Ca, United States replies: "I ended up going to the doctor & getting antibiotics because the infections on my face & leg were getting worse & my eye was swelling up. I talked to my O.B. And he said it was fine if I drink the apple cider vinegar. Idk I just figured it would be bad for me to drink vinegar while breastfeeding. R from Denver, CO are you taking turmeric capsules or eating & drinking it?"
07/14/2011: Jacli2001 from Philadelphia, Pa replies: "I have been Apple Cider Vinegar for my 'follicultius' on my legs and it has been harding and seems to be going away. I just recentaly had to have surgery on my breast from a mastitus infection that turned out to be mrsa. I am researching everything I can in order to keep it from coming back."
07/15/2011: Maria from Gippsland, Australia replies: "If you shave under your arms then I would stop and just trim the hair with scissors. If you are used to shaving this can be quite a change but a worthwhile one. If using deodorants try instead some of the suggestions on this site. Including the one about using 'no soap' just a washer and water, personally I have found it remarkable, even though it goes against all that we are taught about cleanliness. Try and wade through the pages on MRSA here on EC for the success stories. I would definitely be using turmeric (with added pepper for absorption enhancement and as it contains both fat soluble and water soluble components you need a little fat with it not just water to get the best results from it). Also iodine applied in the armpits occasionally, and oregano oil (1-3 drops diluted in a teaspoon of ev olive oil) applied also in the armpits occasionally will help. I would also not shave the legs as this aggravates folliculitis and try the olive oil with the oregano oil. Good luck."
[YEA]  11/23/2011: S from L, A replies: "My uncle soaks his feet in an ACV/water bath. The first time he tried it, his boils began to drain within the hour. He had them everwhere--shoulders, neck, around his waistline; he couldn't go to work, they were so bad. Temperature doesn't matter. I don't know how much ACV he adds to the water. I think he just glugged some in and soaked his feet while he watched television. A five year old would probably rather soak than swallow!"
03/16/2012: Vaisnava from Visalia, California replies: "I have had reoccuring boils for some time now. This works everytime without fail. Mix 3 teaspoons ACV & 1/2 teaspoon baking soda in half glass of water and drink times a day. Also twice a day add 1 teaspoon tumeric in half glass of warm water and drink. The earlier this treatment is started the faster it works, but relief starts within a day. I also topically apply triple antibiotic ointment. Also remember to always wash your hands frequently after washing affected area or applying ointment."


[YEA]  01/02/2007: Ada from Carthage, NY: "acv and a glass of water 8oz . with a teaspoon of honey cures boils. i drink it 3 time a day and in 3 day they're gone --it does work."

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[YEA]  06/30/2010: Sandy from Mebane, Nc replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar has definitely helped my boils. I drink it at least 2 times a day with water."
07/15/2011: Kim from Fort Myers, Florida replies: "Is this safe for a 5 year old to take?"


[YEA]  09/05/2006: KS from MA: "Drinking apple cider vinegar tonic ( 2 teaspoons with honey in 8 oz water or tea 2-3 times daily) has nearly eliminated my recurring cysts that dermatologists have been unable to cure in over a decade."


[YEA]  Anonymous : "I have a history of having problems with boils and bear the scars of them. They are quite painful and at times have had to have them lanced. A few people in my family told me about vinegar tea. One tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon honey mixed in a cup of hot water at least twice a day has dissolved more than one of my boils. Not only the vinegar tea but also: the recommended daily amount of water. Stay away from sodas and chocolate, as they seem to aggravate the infected area even more. If the boil does come to a head where it is going to open continue to drink the vinegar tea and the water. Use hot packs on the boil for 15-20 minutes three times a day. Doing this has more than once saved an unwanted visit to the doctor. What is also important is not to squeeze a boil. I hope this will help someone out there."


Apple Cider Vinegar, Epsom Salts

07/18/2011: The Great Mr. Douglas from Youngstown, Ohio, United States: "I had scalp folliculitis with little pimples. I followed directions on earth clinic and successfully treated them using borax Apple Cider Vinegar and other remedies.. My only issue is 1 boil which I originally thought was a pimple/bump. It did not respond to anything. One night I covered the area with cottonballs full of ACV and Epsom salt and tied it so the cotton balls stayed on the area while I slept.. I awoke and the bump was flat but the area was tender and kinda moist, at this point what should I do? Someone please help."

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04/05/2012: Cindy from Crystal, Minn/usa replies: "Had mrsa f/5 yrs!!!! Boils like giant eggs!!! Prayed f/answer, tried everything, then the answer... On the internet!!! They r now finding mrsa in cheap cuts of pork!!! I was eating 1 type of pork, bar s sausages f/walmart!!!! Quit eating the pork, n disappeared overnite!!!! Ty Jesus!!!! Lev 11 says NOT to eat pork, QUIT eating pork or shellfish n ur problem will be kaput!!!!"


Apple Cider Vinegar, Sea Salt

08/19/2011: The Great Mr. Douglas from Youngstown, Ohio, United States: "I cant seem to get rid of this boil on my scalp... I think its a boil, I was battling folliculitis for a long time, this is really the only thing thats left. When I apply Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with sea salt to the area the bump goes into the skin and "flattens"and seems to be gone, but if I dont keep applying pressure within 30 minutes it comes back. Can someone explain this? how can I get rid of this for good? Please help."

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08/19/2011: Leslie from New Castle, Pa replies: "Could it be a ganglion or sebaceous cyst? My sister had one on her scalp. The doctor cut it out. It looked like the shell of a pea with fluid in it. In order for it to dry up and not come back it had to heal open vs. Stitches. It has never come back and it wasn't a major procedure to have done. Good luck to you."


Aspirin

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  06/12/2008: Elle from Austin, TX: "I find that taking an ASPIRIN at the first hint of a boil works for me. It must be aspirin and not tylenol or advil and such. Regarding diet, noticed outbreak after eating chocolate pudding (the cheap, unrefrigerated brand). Immediately took an aspirin before bed, awoke to less tenderness and less swelling. I took 1/2 tsp of Tumeric in three ounces of water as well. But, I get great relief from the aspirin. Blessings!"


Bacon

Approval Ratings
YEA (5)
83%
NAY (1)
17%

[YEA]  02/05/2012: Da Mith from Brisbane, Qld, Australia: "Out of desperation tried a piece of bacon fat on my boil. Had trouble getting bandaid to hold because of location of boil. Did manage to have bacon in place for a couple of hours. Awoke next morning and boil had started to discharge small and scab began to form. Pain almost completely gone. Next day boil incredibily itchy. Put some betadine ointment on and this eased itching. Day 4 and boil is healing well. Still a little redness and swelling but definately... this boil has been defeated."


[YEA]  06/06/2008: Craig from Carrollton, Texas: "I had a cut on my arm that got infected and I was desperate because it was very painful and I didnt want to go to the doctor for an expensive bill. Someone advised me to wrap it in bacon and duct tape it overnight. I was desperate so I did. The next morning the infection was gone. The salt from the bacon is what kills it. I was amazed. ps dont eat the bacon."

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[YEA]  10/30/2010: C from Knoxville, Tn replies: "Omg I swear by the bacon. I've had this boil in a pretty delicate spot for a week now. It hurt so bad I could hardly sit, or even walk. I'm a baby when it comes to pain, but I was really resisting the urge to take a kitchen knife and just rip it open. My mother-in-law told me to put a piece of bacon fat directly on the boil and then cover it with a slice of potato and leave it there. I really thought she was nuts, so I went online looking for information on how to lance a boil and stumbled on this site. I saw that other people suggested it, so I thought I'd give it a try. You know, I sat on a heating pad for days and tried to lance it... None of it worked, it didn't even soften up.

I put the bacon on it (the fattiest piece I could find), and I swear on everything that within an hour it had developed a head, and in less than an hour and a half it was draining. I decided to leave it on overnight, and now it's almost completely gone and I am free of pain. I know it sounds like a ridiculous idea, but seriously, try it for a day or two (leave the bacon on as long as possible). I wish I'd known about it days ago."

05/23/2011: Up2it from Little Falls, Ny, Usa replies: "Should the bacon be raw or cooked? Thank you with all this help, I've got a killer one going on right now."
05/25/2011: Cj from Elk Grove, Ca, Usa replies: "Bacon should be raw. Another remedy if the bacon does not work is to make a poultice out of ground flaxseed. Add enough hot water (as hot as you can stand it) to make a slightly soupy paste. Apply to skin and cover with a clean cloth. Allow to dry and then soak it off. The flaxseed causes it to come to a head. We used this when I was a child and suffered from carbuncle outbreaks."
[NAY]  10/22/2012: Trawhe from Glenwood, Md replies: "The flaxseed option worked within hours. I mixed flaxseed powder with very warm water and put mixture onto a clean cloth then put against the boil, then placed a heating pad underneath and the boil started to go away and took the pain away. This was after I tried the bacon for eight hours that did not work for me. Thanks a bunch for this method. I can get some sleep tonight."


[YEA]  04/18/2006: Linda from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: "A slice of bacon (pork) put directly on boil. Cured the boil on my rear end."

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[YEA]  02/13/2012: Melissa from East Liverpool, Oh replies: "I have to say that for me Bacon really worked! I had a boil in a very sensitive area from shaving, it hurt to even walk. I was debating on going to the emergency room but I knew that it would be painful to have it lanced. I found this site yesterday afternoon and saw the post about bacon, I was willing to try anything at this point! I placed the raw back over the boil and left it there all night. I woke up this morning and it was still sore so I took a bath in epsom salt. A couple hours later I went to the restroom and low and behold the pus pocket came out on its own! If I ever get another I know I will use bacon!"
10/20/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "I have one there too, Melissa, from a pad. That post got deleted for no known reason. Currently have bacon taped there, going to bed. I will have to try your epsom bath trick tomorrow. It already has a "hole", so fingers crossed it will be better in the a.m."


Bacon and Onion

Approval Ratings
YEA (1)
100%

[YEA]  01/25/2008: Sarah from Fort Worth, Texas: "Bacon and onion. Cut a slice of onion and seer in a hot skillet till almost' transparent, one side. Remove and set aside. Cut a square piece off of a slice of bacon and put in the still warm pan for only a few seconds on both sides. Take the middle rings out of the onion large enough for the boil you are trying to cover, put the bacon closet to your skin with the seared side of the onion behind the bacon piece, wrap with gauze and leave on for as long as you can (hours). Repeat several times till the boil starts to drain or the plug comes out. Works very well."


Baking Soda

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Baking Soda Treatment for Boils

A paste of baking soda and water can be applied to a boil and left on to draw out the infection and dry out the boil.

[YEA]  01/21/2014: Angela from Ohio: "I have a boil in a very tender spot and I came here to see what I could do on my own and thank God I did. All I had was baking soda on hand. I was in tears trying to make the paste and I had put a "drawing" salve on the boil and kept it on there for two days. It got sooooooo much worse. When I made the paste and applied it, I felt my skin crawl. There was pain, but nowhere near as bad. It took about ten minutes to start working and the pain is soooooo much better and it started draining almost immediately. I hope this works and I wouldn't wish this pain on anyone. Good luck!"


[YEA]  12/06/2007: Dawn from Zachry, LA: "I found that baking soda and vinegar made into a paste applied to a boil helps draw the infection out"

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05/13/2008: Tim from Indianapolis, indiana replies: "do u apply it str8 to the head and add a guaze to it to help drain it?"
01/06/2012: Wmj from Vancouver Island, Canada replies: "I have been using baking soda and probiotics made into a paste, sometimes adding natural raw sea salt. I had been using water, but now I'm trying it with Apple Cider Vinegar. This is on a case of MRSA I've been struggling with for months and heavy antibiotic only made it worse. The natural remedy seems to be working, unfortunately I got two new boils recently in another area. I find that washing with antibacterial wash only spreads it. Hopefully this will clear up soon, I'll keep the site posted."
03/28/2012: Rebekah from Magnolia, Ar replies: "So I am trying a remedy after reading this site and others that I hope will work. 1. I'm trying to decolonize the staph on my body -- wash body top to bottom(even hair) with Dial Gold Antibacterial - soap up and let set for at least 1 minute... Then dry off, betadine the entire body or use hand sanitizer over entire body... Neosporin in the nose 3 x's a day... 2. Tumeric-baking soda tea to help body stave off future infections easy to make 1 tsp. Tumeric... 1 tsp baking soda... Cinnamon to taste... 1 1/2 c. Hot tap water, 2 tsp sugar... Mix well and drink 2 x's a day 3. Amoxicylln antibiotic 2xdaily at 500 mg (fish antibiotic) 4. Poltice of baking soda, neosporin, icmathoyl ointment, tumeric and parsley applied directly to boil

I have just started this treatment this morning... I will update you guys on the effectiveness... This really sucks but hopefully will work and prevent any future reoccurrences... Had a bad staph infection where I had to have surgery a month ago and now have a boil that is returning... Going to try these remedies to see if I can stop it in the next couple of days without having to go to the doctor... Crossing my fingers"

04/12/2012: Ryan from New Orleans, La replies: "I use Hibiclens soap much better the dail."
07/21/2013: Jess from Ontario, Canada replies: "Does baking soda even work for boils that have ruptured already?"


[YEA]  11/26/2006: Laurie from New Zealand: "Baking soda cured a couple of boils before they broke on the skin. I have found that Hyper Cal lotion (hypericum calendula) applied to unbroken boils worked well, but experimented with baking soda. Was rather surprised to see that it worked just as well!! Baby boils are now just red spots."






 



 

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