I got my first boil several years ago, went to the doctor had it lanced and was put on antibiotics. I decided I didn't want to have to do that again. I have been getting boils on and off since then and have tried various remedies. I tried turmeric it worked great at first but has not done the trick for quite sometime. I did some research to find that Colloidal Silver helped with boils. Ever since then if I start to get a boil I spray with silver (do not rub it will only irritate the boil more). Also if I don't find the boil while it's still small I take Blue Flag Root. The owner of the health food store told me to try it and the silver because he used to get something similar. Blue Flag Root helps with the inflammation and pain of the boil. Together I think this combination has saved me several trips to the doctor.