Applying warm compresses to a boil can speed up its disappearance, according to WebMD. To prepare a warm compress, soak a cloth in hot water, drain the excess moisture, and place the wet cloth on the surface of the boil. The process must be repeated until the boil drains.
Eventually, when the boil ruptures, it must be cleaned and sterilized with rubbing alcohol. The drained boil is likely to heal faster if it is treated with a topical antibiotic and washed regularly. Lancing a boil with a needle is not recommended, states the Mayo Clinic. This can cause the spread of bacteria and subsequent worsening of the infection. Home treatment of boils is not recommended if a fever and chills develop, notes eMedicineHealth.