What Are Some Home Treatments for Boils?

Home treatment for boils includes applying warm compresses or soaking the boil in warm water and keeping the sore clean and medicated once the boil bursts, according to WebMD. Wait for the boil to burst rather than attempting to pop it with a needle because popping the boil can worsen the infection.

Placing warm compresses on the boil or soaking the affected area in warm water helps to draw pus to the surface and relieves pain, WebMD explains. After the boil comes to a head, it bursts with the help of repeated soakings. Make a compress by wetting a washcloth with warm water and wringing out the excess moisture.

Once the boil begins to drain, keeping it clean is vital, WebMD states. Wash the affected area several times a day with antibacterial soap, and follow up with rubbing alcohol. After washing, apply a topical antibiotic cream, and cover with a bandage. Continue to apply warm compresses to move pus to the surface.

Most of the time, boils disappear with home treatment, WebMD reports. Seek medical attention if the boil doesn't drain, a second boil appears or if the area around the boil turns red or develops red streaks. Additional symptoms that require a doctor's care include fever, swollen lymph glands or severe pain.