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Is there an effective home remedy for a boil?

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An effective home remedy for a small boil is putting a damp, warm washcloth on the boil several times a day, according to Mayo Clinic. This helps the boil burst and drain, typically within 10 days, says WebMD.

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When the boil begins draining, the patient should wash it thoroughly with antibacterial soap and clean it with rubbing alcohol, WebMD instructs. Patients should cover the boil with a topical antibiotic and bandage and repeat the warm compress, wash and cover cycle two to three times a day until the boil heals. A large boil typically requires medical attention, Mayo Clinic warns. A doctor drains the boil and sometimes prescribes antibiotics.

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