7+ Home Remedies to Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thighs, Butt etc

A boil is a skin infection that originates on a hair follicle or an oil gland. The infected area turns red and a small bump develops on it shortly afterwards. In about 4 to 7 days, the bump turns white as pus begins to accumulate under the skin. Boils may appear anywhere on the human body, but the most common areas are on the face, arms, under armpits, neck, chest, back, shoulders, thighs, area around vagina and buttocks. If a boil develops on the eyelid, it is known as a sty.

If a few boils appear in a group it is known as a carbuncle. They tend to appear on the back of the neck, on the back and on the thigh. A carbuncle can reach a maximum size of up to 10 cm (4 inches) and may leak pus from multiple points. People suffering from a carbuncle may also display the following associated symptoms:

  • General malaise.
  • Weakness and exhaustion.
  • A high temperature of 100.4F (38C) or even higher.

Carbuncles are pretty rare and tend to appear in middle-aged or older men with a weak immune system.

Types of Boils

Depending upon the location or the cause of the inflammation, boils can be categorized into the following types:

  • Cystic acne: This usually show up on the face of teenagers. They are caused when the oil ducts get clogged up and subsequently infected. The main way that cystic acne is different than regular acne is that the site of the infection is a lot deeper than that of regular acne, which tends to be a lot more superficial.
  • Furuncle: This is usually caused by the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, when it infects a hair follicle. It can have one or multiple openings, depending upon the number of hair follicles in the general vicinity that were infected. If it is left untreated, it may cause fever or chills as well!
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa: This is caused when the sweat glands under the armpits, breasts or the groin gets infected. It usually has multiple abscesses, similar to that of a carbuncle. Usually surgery is required to treat this condition.
  • Pinonidal cyst: This occurs on the crease of the buttocks, usually formed after a long trip that involved a lot of sitting at one spot for extended periods of time. It is formed after the hair follicles in the area becomes infected and inflamed. It results in the formation of a tender nodule that becomes firm and painful, which causes major discomfort while sitting.

Causes of Boils: Where Do They Come From?

The common factor behind boils being formed is a build-up of bacteria in a limited area. It can be caused by a lot of different factors:

    • Ingrown hairs: If the hair strand is not able to come out of the skin, it is known as an ingrown hair. Ingrown hairs tend to clog pores, which leads to a build-up of sebum (a natural oil produced by our skin that makes it relatively water-proof) that clumps up the staphylococcus bacteria, leading to occasional or recurring boils.

  • Other illnesses: Certain illnesses like diabetes or kidney failure or even AIDS weaken our immune system. Hence minor skin infractions have the chance of getting infected, resulting in boils. Some suffer from diseases such as hypogammaglobulinemia that lowers the production of antibodies (white blood cells that fight infections) which will increase the propensity of boil being formed and keep getting them again in the future.
  • Lack of certain nutrients: Sometimes, you need not be seriously ill to have a weak immune system. People who do not have a significant amount of fruits and vegetables in their diet will lack essential Vitamins, such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C and B Vitamins (Especially Vitamin B6), which boosts out immune system and fortifies our body against bacterial infections, including boils. Having a balanced diet that contain large portions of fruits and green vegetables go a long way towards preventing boils.
  • Foreign objects: Foreign objects stuck in our skin, irrespective of how small (such as a splinter) can be a source of bacterial infection that may easily translate into a boil overnight.
  • Poor hygiene: Lack of proper hygiene allows bacteria to be built up in a place, which can easily translate into boils. Simply developing reasonable habits to foster hygiene can easily eliminate this cause forever.
  • Exposure to harsh chemicals: Certain chemicals may trigger an allergic reaction, which may manifest itself in the form of boils.

Are Boils Contagious?

The bacteria from the family staphylococcus (MRSA) which causes the boil is contagious, not the boil itself. If the pus has not been drained completely or if the skin has not healed, then the sufferer may be contagious. It is not very common, but there is a distinct possibility that the infection may spread to other parts of the body of the afflicted person, or to someone else. This may happen by direct skin-to-skin contact or via sharing of personal items that has come in direct contact with the site of the infection.

Symptoms of a Boil

Almost everyone on the planet is familiar with what a boil looks like. It usually forms over a period of a few days during which they go through the following steps:

  • There is painful, hard red bump that is half an inch in size.
  • Over the next couple of days, the bump becomes bigger, softer and at times, even more painful.
  • The tip turns white as pus begins to form at the top.

If you see any of the following symptoms, then there may be a severe infection and you should seek immediate medical attention:

  • More boils develop around the initial boil, leading to the formation of a carbuncle, as mentioned earlier.
  • There is swelling on the lymph nodes.
  • You start suffering from a fever.
  • The skin around the boil starts showing signs of infection. It will in turn be swollen, red and warm.

How to Pop a Boil

Popping a boil is an extremely popular method of dealing with boils. It gets rid of the pus and provides some welcome relief from the incessant pain caused by the pus build-up. However, before proceeding with popping the boil, the following safeguards needs to be kept in mind:

  • Treat the affected area with heat: Before popping the boil treat the affected area with a heat pack. This dilates the blood vessels on and around the boil, which rushes antibodies, oxygen and nutrients to it to fight the infection. This will ensure that pus will be formed sooner and the skin will become soft as well, making the area ‘ripe’ for popping.
  • Do not pop the boil if it is hard and small: Popping a boil always carry a risk of secondary infections. If you start the heat pack treatment as soon as the boil starts forming, there is a very good chance that the boil may drain internally and popping may not be required at all! Only pop the boil once there is significant head or pustule and the skin is soft to the touch.

Repeated application of a heat pack or a warm compress (a washcloth immersed in hot water) will either drain the pus internally or pop it. If it does not do so, you can easily ‘pop’ it with just a little encouragement, by applying some pressure on the edges of the boil. After you pop it, make sure that you implement the following safeguards:

  • Make sure that you drain as much of the pus as you can. Once you see some blood seeping out of the mouth (after the pus has been drained) then it is time to stop. Unnecessary pressure can cause permanent scar marks.
  • Keep applying the heat pack even after the boil has been popped. This will ensure that the antibodies and the nutrients are still being delivered to the area, thus preventing the area from secondary infections.
  • After the boil has been popped, you need to protect the area from secondary infections. To do so visit your local pharmacy and procure a tube of povidone iodine, some gauze and medical tapes. Now apply generous amounts of the lotion on the open sore. Feel free to coat the lotion with some turmeric powder if you have any. Now cover the area with gauze and medical tapes. Replace this dressing at least twice a day for a few days, till the sore heals completely.

Home Remedies to Get Rid of Boils

  1. Vitamins A and E

Vitamin A boosts your immunity and Vitamin E plays a key role in maintaining a healthy epidermis. Hence they can help you get rid of the boil. Cantaloupe, grapefruit, apricots, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, winter squash, spinach and broccoli are great sources of Vitamin A. Spinach and broccoli are also a great source of Vitamin E, along with tree nuts (especially almonds and hazelnuts), olives, papaya, parsley, avocado and kale. If you do not fancy consuming all these foods, then you can always turn to supplements.

  1. Tea Tree Oil

Besides the minor topical discomfort, boils are usually pretty benign. Things take a turn for the worse due to secondary infections. This is where tea tree oil can help, because of its potent anti-microbial properties. However, it should not be applied in an undiluted form as it may be a little too harsh on the skin. Mix it in equal parts with a carrier oil such as almond oil and apply it on the affected area with a cotton swab.

Some people are allergic to tea tree oil. If you have not used it before, it is highly recommended that you apply some diluted tea tree oil on an unblemished part of your skin. You should feel a minor stinging sensation that should go away in a few minutes. However, if you feel a persistent burning sensation, you may be allergic to tea tree oil and you should seek an alternate treatment.

  1. Castor Oil

Castor oil is helpful for a boil in the same way that tea tree oil is, except it is gentler on the skin and can be applied on the boil in an undiluted form. Apply a few drops with the help of a cotton swab a few times during the course of the day until you get rid of the boil.

  1. Neem

Indian lilac, better known as neem in the Indian subcontinent is another effective treatment for boils on any part of the body. The reasons for it are its documented astringent and antibacterial properties. There are a couple of ways by which you can use neem leaves to treat your boils:

  • You can boil a handful of neem leaves in a pan of water till about 2/3rds of the water disappears. Wait for the liquid to cool down to room temperature, strain it and apply it as a topical lotion on the affected area with a cotton ball as often as you would like.
  • Take a handful of neem leaves and add a tablespoon of water and a teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Use a pestle and mortar to grind it into a smooth paste. The anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can come really handy to deal with large boils or even carbuncles or furuncles.
  1. TurmericTurmeric to Get Rid of Boils

Before increasing the potency of the neem treatment, turmeric is an effective treatment for boils in its own right. The antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric have been documented in Ayurveda (the ancient treatise of traditional Indian medicine) and in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). These properties are attributed to an enzyme called curcumin, which turmeric has in abundance.

There are couple of ways you can use turmeric to treat your boils:

  • Mix some turmeric powder with water to form a thick paste. Apply this paste on the affected area and leave it on for about thirty minutes. Rinse it off afterwards. You can apply this multiple times during the course of the day. This will cause your boil to ‘ripen’ faster and will pop on its own in a couple of days. Some add some milk cream and organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) to increase the potency of the treatment.
  • Consuming turmeric daily will help you fight the infection from the inside. Try having some Indian food, as most curries are prepared using turmeric as one of its ingredients. You can also add a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a glass of warm milk and drink it every night before you go to bed. If you are lactose intolerant, you can use soy milk or even water instead!
  1. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt is an astringent, which can draw out the pus and associated impurities from your boil. Its antibacterial properties protect the area from secondary infections as well. There are a couple of ways you can use Epsom salt to treat your boils:

  • You can add ¼ cup of Epsom salt in two cups of warm water and use it as a warm compress.
  • You can add a cup of Epsom salt into your bathwater and take a twenty minute bath. You can take this bath up to three times a day. Do not over-indulge in this treatment as it may leave your skin feeling dry.
  1. Egg Whites

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence that suggests that egg whites can be a highly effective treatment for boils. This is because egg whites are rich in Vitamins A and E, which as mentioned earlier boosts immunity and protects the epidermis.

Simply boil an egg, separate it from the yolk and hold it on the boil using gauze and medical tapes. Replace the dressing every six hours.

Eating egg whites will also fortify your system against boils from the inside!

  1. Onions

Onions have natural antiseptic properties that can be used to treat boils. There are a few ways you can apply this treatment:

  • Simply cut the onion into thick slices, apply a slice on the boil and hold it in place using gauze and medical tapes. Change the dressing every couple of hours.
  • There is some anecdotal evidence that suggests that grating an onion using a food processor and applying the paste as a dressing makes the treatment even more effective.
  • Boil three regular sized onions in a pan of water. Wait till only 1/3 of the water is remaining. Strain and let the water cool down to room temperature. Wash the boil repeatedly with the water during the course of the day, the same way you would use the neem water.

Medical Treatment for Boils

There are different medical treatments for boils, which are recommended based upon the severity of the affliction. Following are the most common treatments:

  • OTC Painkillers: The best way to deal with a boil is to let it heal naturally. There is some associated pain, caused by the pressure caused by the accumulated pus on the nerve endings on the skin. This can be easily dealt with the help of some over the counter (OTC) painkillers such as Advil and Ibuprofen. Prescription strength painkillers are usually never prescribed to deal with boils.
  • Lancing: In this method, a small incision is made with a sharp piece of metal, followed by continued pressure on the periphery to drain all the pus. This is usually applied when a boil grows inwards, as a result of which the visible pustule is a little too small, but the sufferer is under a lot of pain because of the pressure created on the nerves by the built up pus. Usually a local anesthetic is applied to numb the affected area. This procedure should only be applied by a licensed medical professional. If done incorrectly, it can cause serious injury and can also make the sufferer prone to secondary infections especially in the case of vaginal boils.
  • Antibiotics: In case of a severe infection a penicillin-based antibiotic such as flucloxacillin is prescribed. Based upon your medical history your physician may prescribe alternates, such as clarithromycin or erythromycin. Antibiotics are usually prescribed when:
    • The sufferer is suffering from furuncles or carbuncles.
    • The sufferer has a high temperature.
    • The sufferer is facing intense pain and discomfort.
    • If the boil is on the face, because of a cystic acne or otherwise. This is because boils on the face carry the biggest risk of getting infected with secondary infections.
    • If the sufferer starts suffering from cellulitis or any other secondary infection.

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28 Comments on 7+ Home Remedies to Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thighs, Butt etc

  1. I have a boil on my asscrack that has my undivided attention. After reading the article on treatment, i applied a warm compress. I chose not to use onions or egg whites as these things should be eaten instead. I will suffer for a bit, but look forward to popping this sucker with great anticipation.

    • Dave, I agree that the foods suggested should be eaten but I’m sending a reply because my boyfriend also has an asscrack boil which has ALL OF OUR undevided attention. We’re going with the hot compresses as well. Please let us know how things turn out.

    • This could be a pilonidal cyst; seek medical attention, as this can be chronic. Google pilonidal cyst / sometimes it’s better to get treatment when trying to ”
      Pop” this kind of cyst can actually cause a deeper infection. I’m a medical pro.. Please get this seen asap!

    • Try to put straight lavender oil on a piece of cotton ball and put a guaze on top of it tape it. It’s very effective and the puss drains on its own and heal a lot quicker. That’s my personal experience.

    • Just a quick note…this could be a pylonodial cyst. I had them repeatedly and eventually had to had two separate surgeries to permanently remedy the situation. These give “pain in the butt” a completely different meaning. If you have them in this area regularly, please see a dr. Don’t put it off like I did. They only get worse every time you have one.

    • Unfortunately boils in this location do often reoccurre and need a Doctor to Lance it or even surgical follow the “root track” that may lead all the way to the tail bone. Because the folical is actually one left from when you were forming inter literal. I had mine lanced 3 times and finally the surgery. 40 stitches later (20 inside and 20 to close)

    • my daughter got one of those and she had to get it lanced and packed. They are actually more common than people think. She only had to get it lanced once and packing changed three times. The reason for the packing is because it allows for healing from the inside out and then it shouldn’t come back unless its in a different place. Tumeric works well with the paste. Good luck

  2. I have a boil in my inner left thigh. I already removed all the pus but there is a little more remaining and I cannot remove it anymore even though I press it too much. What will I do? Please help me.

  3. I have had a boil for weeks on my inner thigh that won’t go away. Ive tried everything. Ive drained it multiple times but it keeps filling with pus and blood. What should I do?

  4. I have a abcsess(how ever yu spell it) on my buttock next to my anus and vagina it hurts to sit and walk i went and got seen and got antibiotics, will it pop? And watt shall i do if it does?

  5. I have a huge boil still hard around my crease of my leg and vaginal area. I have done warm compresses but its only been 4 days since it started. But it hurts so bad that i cant get out of my bed. Please help me

    • That sounds more like genital herpes Patricia. I would get that checked out immediately to avoid spreading this sexually transmitted disease any further.

    • I actually had the same problem, it REALLY hurt to walk because of friction and laying down was unconformable because it was sensitive to touch. I suggest ibuprofen and multiple hot baths a day with a very VERY slight dash of alcohol. I bought a drug store brand and used to tiny cap. The boil popped on its own within a couple of days. It’ll be swollen for a couple of days, so I suggest continuing the treatment. I hope this helps

  6. Well i dont know but i was told to put cold salted bacon on it & it absorbs the pus out but you gotta keep changing the salted bacon once it gets warm put a new one on you dan put it in a bandaid or gauze so it can stay in place…

  7. I have a boil on my inner left thigh near my vagina it’s red hard and sendituve/painful…thing us I have nothing white it’s red abd purple???

  8. My daughter have Plaque Psoriasis really bad on her scalp, She is on the hemina shots an have been since Jan. 2016. She get this thick scalps looks like sores. She was prescribed this gel to put on them. It help a little bit. What can I use to clear up her scalp? She also have boils under breasts and arms. Tried of paying out monies to dr. PLEASE HELP

    • Buy her some Panoxyl to use under her breasts, arms and inner thighs vaginal area. I used to get boils all the time. Once i started using this, they stopped. I was told by the doc that all of us have a level of staph on our skins. Some more than others and some are more sensitive than others.

  9. I just had one removed last night from my waist line boy did i scream like a little girl at 43 yrs mid set man. Warm water, tap of bleach. And a family member whom has med. Training. Took out puss then 4 pouches inside.. this took approx. 2 hrs cause of the extremely amount of pain it was , felt like a hot raw knife slicing, but hell im feeling 100 percent this morning on my way to work happy

  10. I have a small non painful boil with pus on my thigh (outer) some articles are telling me to pop it and others are warning me not to if its not painful should I just leave it to go away???

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