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Boils on Face

Madhumita Shivade
Boils on facial skin are an infection. The face is the most exposed part of the body, and hence it may get easily affected by UV rays, dust, pollution, sweat, heat, etc., that enter the pores and harm the skin texture. This story provides some information about the causes and treatments of this problem.
There are many changes taking place in our body daily, so it is important that our body gets sufficient nutrition to perform all the activities. Sometimes, lack of nutrients also cause skin conditions like boils, acne, white patches, etc. Boils are also symptoms of poor nutrition, blood impurity, lack of hygiene, problems with the immune system, bacterial infection, and diabetes.
A boil is a skin infection caused when staphylococcal bacteria enters the hair follicles. Hair follicles are small cavity, from which the hair grows. A boil has a head and a visible white dot on top of it. This white-colored dot is a pus. When it erupts on the face, the area around it swells and becomes red. An infected boil on the face is very painful. One should always consult a doctor, in case of running fever. Boils can be severe, when more of them start appearing in the area around the infected boil on face.

How to Treat a Boil on Face?

Generally, people ignore this skin condition in the initial stages, when it is tiny; but it is always a good idea to treat it before it grows bigger.
If it is big enough and the pus is visible, take a wet, clean piece of cloth which feels soft on the skin. Place the wet cloth on the infected boil. As this cloth stays on the same, it moves the pus to the head of the boil from where it starts to drain out. Following this, at least twice everyday, will help the boil to drain, in about five to six days.
Soaking the boil will help the pus to move up to the head and drain. After it has drained, wash the face thoroughly with an antibacterial face wash. One can also apply an antibacterial ointment, which the doctor suggests. Antibiotics can also help in healing this skin problem. A bandage can be used to avoid the chances of dust sticking on the boil. Repeat this, till it heals. If a scar remains, use ointments that treat scars.
Any infected boil on the face has to be treated on time, using proper measures. If the condition does not respond to home treatments, always consult a doctor because, sometimes, in worst cases, surgery may be required. Some people may prefer to keep the boil dry without giving it moisture. This can also be a remedy.
Giving moisture to the boil is like feeding it, and it grows as it absorbs moisture, increasing the pus inside it. However, one should at least, make it a point to treat it with an antibacterial ointment that will keep it clean and slowly kill the bacteria inside it.
Areas that are prone, should be kept clean to avoid this skin problem. One should never squeeze a boil, as squeezing it spreads the infection to the areas surrounding it.
Following the aforementioned remedies might prove beneficial. However, one can take some precautions to avoid them too. To prevent this skin condition, hygiene is the best way. One should not forget to wash their face after coming back from a long, tiring day.
Increasing one's water intake is another preventive measure that one should take. On the whole, if one protects their facial skin from pollutants, he/she will be able to avoid most of the skin-related problems.
Disclaimer: This story is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.