Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

For small boils, these measures may help the infection heal more quickly and prevent it from spreading:

  • Warm compresses. Apply a warm washcloth or compress to the affected area several times a day. This helps the boil rupture and drain more quickly.
  • Never squeeze or lance a boil yourself. This can spread the infection.
  • Prevent contamination. Wash your hands thoroughly after treating a boil. Also, launder clothing, towels or compresses that have touched the infected area, especially if you have recurrent boils or carbuncles.
Jul. 17, 2013