Diabetic boils typically go away on their own, but applying a warm compress to the affected area helps the boil to drain and heal, as noted by MedlinePlus. It takes approximately 2 weeks for boils to open, but it is important to refrain from squeezing or cutting open boils on their own.
Seek medical attention if diabetic boils do not go away after 2 weeks or if there is a fever associated with the boil, it causes pain or it's located on the spine or mid face. It is crucial to keep the area clean by changing the dressings often and washing hands before touching the affected area. There are numerous causes of boils aside from diabetes, including poor hygiene, poor nutrition, issues with the immune system and being exposed to skin irritants, according to WebMD.
Several methods can help prevent the spread of infection when a boil develops, including using antibacterial soaps, practicing proper hygiene and using antiseptic washes to kill germs, as noted by MedlinePlus. Some possible complications of boils include brain infections, scarring, spinal cord infection, abscesses of the skin and sepsis. The pain from boils often gets worse when the boil begins to fill up with dead tissue. Boils often feel like water balloons and have a pinkish color to them.