The accumulation of pus in a certain area of the skin or mouth (mainly the gums) can lead to the formation of an abscess. Starting off as small reddish bumps on the skin surface, these abscesses can grow into large pus filled boils that can be extremely painful to the touch.The abscesses can also cause redness and swelling in the affected area, and can even cause fever in certain cases. Some abscesses can also rupture, leading to pus drainage which in turn can spread the infection to other parts of the body.
Effective Home Remedies For Abscesses
Most kinds of abscesses are usually caused by some kind of bacterial or viral infection. And in most cases, the standard form of treatment for the condition would be antibiotics. However, abscesses can also be treated effectively with the help of certain home remedies that offer excellent results sans any of the side effects commonly caused by antibiotics. Accordingly, here are some of the best known home remedies for abscesses.
Drink Plenty Of Water
You would need to flush out the toxins causing the abscesses from within the body. And the best way to do that is to drink plenty of water every day, probably at regular intervals throughout the day. In addition to keeping your body hydrated, the water in your system would get rid of the infection behind the abscesses, thereby promoting quick healing. Aim for 10 glasses of water a day until the boils heal completely.
Apply Warm Compresses
One of the best ways to deal with abscesses is to drain the pus out of them and then just wait for them to shrivel up and fall off on their own. Rather than poking them with a needle for the same purpose though, you can opt to place a heating pad or a warm towel (soaked in hot water) over the abscesses. The heat emanating from these items would drain the abscesses effectively (have some cotton handy to wipe out the pus oozing out of them). Remove the heating pad/compress after about 10 minutes and wipe the area with a piece of cotton. Repeat this remedy until the abscesses drain completely.
Eat Lots Of Fruits And Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables would provide your body with the nutrients it needs to boost the immune system and fight off the infection causing bacteria. Fresh fruits and vegetables are the best options. Steaming the veggies before eating them can ensure you get all the nutrients stocked in them. And eating fruits like pineapple would ensure that your body gets a good amount of the substance called bromelain which is known to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by the abscesses.
Apply Turmeric And Castor Oil Paste
The potent antibacterial and antiseptic properties of turmeric would ensure that the infection causing the abscesses is eradicated completely, and the boils heal quickly. Add as few drops of castor oil to a teaspoon of turmeric and mix nicely to form a thick paste. Apply the paste over the abscesses, making sure you cover them completely. Let the paste dry and wash it off with lukewarm water afterwards (after about 20 minutes or so).
Apply Turmeric And Aloe Vera Paste
Along with turmeric, Aloe Vera can help fight off the infection causing bacteria behind the abscesses, and help promote quick healing. Cut a leaf or stalk of the Aloe Vera plant and collect the liquid that oozes out. Mix this liquid with some turmeric powder (about a teaspoon) to form a paste. Apply this paste over the abscesses and cover the area with a soft cloth. Leave it overnight and wash off the paste with cold water the next morning. Continue this remedy for at least a week or so to get rid of the abscesses completely.
Apply Fenugreek Leaf Paste
Fenugreek leaves have potent antibacterial and antiviral properties that can get rid of the bacteria/virus causing the abscesses. Grind some fenugreek leaves (add a few drops of water) to form a coarse paste. Apply this paste over the abscesses and wait for it to dry completely. Use a soft cloth dipped in warm water to wipe away the paste afterwards (after about 20 minutes). Continue this remedy every day until the boils heal completely.
Apply Turmeric, Epsom Salt And Tea Tree Oil Paste
Another effective remedy for abscesses involving turmeric involves making a paste consisting of a teaspoon of turmeric powder, a few drops of tea tree oil and a tablespoon of Epsom salts. Apply this paste over the abscesses at regular intervals throughout the day. Doing so would make the abscesses come to a head and drain out quickly. This in turn would the body recover from these boils quickly.
Apply Garlic And Lemon Juice Paste
Severe abscesses sometimes leave permanent marks on the skin. Lemon juice and garlic can get rid of the abscesses, and keep the skin healthy and blemish free in the process. Crush a few cloves of garlic and add a few drops of lemon juice to the mix. Apply this paste over the abscesses. You might experience a burning sensation at first. Let the paste dry completely (for about 20 minutes) and wash it off with lukewarm water afterwards. Continue this remedy at least once a day for a week or so until the inflammation reduces and the boils disappear.
Apply Potato And Tomato Paste
Tomatoes and potatoes can help alleviate some of the symptoms of abscesses, including pain and inflammation. Grind a potato and tomato together to extract their pulp. Apply this paste directly on the boils and wash off after about 20 minutes. Continue this remedy until the pain and inflammation subside completely.
Apply Aloe Vera And Orange Peel Powder Paste
A really quick cure for skin abscesses involves making a paste consisting of Aloe Vera gel and dried orange peel powder (sun dry the orange peels and grind them to get a coarse powder). Apply this paste over the boils at regular intervals throughout the day to get rid of the abscesses within a few days. Wash off the paste after about 20 minutes.