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  • A boil is an accumulation of pus and dead cells under the skin around an inflamed and infected hair follicle.  If there is a large amount of pus or if the boil is about to pop then the lump may have a white or yellow colour.

They commonly occur on a person's back, shoulders, face, buttocks and thighs.

  • Bring heat to the boil
  • You cannot squeeze a boil - but what you can do is bring it to a head by using a combination of heat and moisture.
  • Soak a clean hand flannel in very hot water (chamomile or thyme liquid) - as hot as you can stand without burning yourself. Wring it out and apply for 30 minutes at a time, several times a day.
  • Thyme tincture contains Thymol, which may help to counter infection and chamomile tincture contains chamazulene which has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Draining a boil
  • 1. Once it comes to a head, sterilise a needle by holding it over a naked flame until it glows red (use tongs so that you do not burn yourself). Allow it to cool and the gently prick the thin layer of skin on top of the boil. (DO NOT do this if there is any sign of infection such as redness or red streaks around the boil).
  • 2. Once the head has popped, soak a flannel in salt water and place on top.
  • To help the boil clear up - apply tea tree oil.