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A boil is, simply stated, a skin abscess, but even in more general terms, it is a very deep skin infection. Boils can almost be described as very severe pimples.

There are four main types of boils.

The first is cystic acne, which is an abscess that is created when the pores and oil ducts of the skin become clogged or seriously infected. These are usually found on the face and they often affect teenagers that have serious acne issues during puberty.

A furuncle is a type of skin abscess that is caused by staphylococcus aureus and is can cause fevers or cold sweats.

A pilonidal cyst is another kind of abscess that is often found in the so-called “crack” of the buttocks. People who sit a lot or are driving for long periods of time are very prone to developing these types of boils.

Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs when a person has a number of boils that form usually in the armpit or groin area. They are related to the work of the sweat glands. Causes

Boils usually result from the clogging of sweat gland or the infection of hair follicles. They can also occur when an open wound or scratch on the skin is infected.

Sometimes, even an ingrown hair can lead to a boil forming. People more likely to get boils are those who have extremely weak immune systems, and especially people who have both weak immune systems and a case of diabetes. Natural treatments

Even though most people will recommend for a person with a serious case of boils to seek the advice of a doctor, who will probably prescribe antibiotics, there are natural ways of treating them as well.

One natural treatment is turmeric, which can be taken to help dissolve and heal the boils. The treatment could take as little as three days to show positive effects. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects and purifies the blood. One teaspoon of the powder in warm water, consumed three times a day, will be enough to help treat the boils. The product can also be bought in capsule form. About 450mg should be taken each day in order to see the results.

A paste can also be made out of turmeric to cover the boil. Once the paste has been applied, the boil should be covered with gauze as well. One must be careful however, because turmeric is strong and can stain the skin and clothes.

The stain that appears on the skin from the paste will go away however, but it will usually take about two weeks.

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