Natural Ways to Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thighs Quickly and Easily
Boils (or furuncles) are painful red lumps with a white tip that develop when a hair follicle becomes damaged or infected. Boils on the inner thighs are common because sweat and friction can irritate and infect the hair follicles between the legs. Boils can also appear on the groin, buttocks, facial area, armpit, and back of the neck. Most boils start out as a small swollen bump and gradually become inflamed and filled with pus as the staphylococcal bacterial infection gets deeper.
Factors that can make you more prone to skin infections and boils are:
- a weakened immune system
- poor hygiene
- poor nutrition
- using harsh soaps or body washes that irritate and damage the skin’s protective barrier
Most boils, including boils on the inner thigh, respond well to natural home remedies. There are many natural products that have antibacterial properties to kill off germs that cause skin infections such as boils. For example, some essential oils, coconut oil, turmeric, and garlic are all effective natural treatments for getting rid of boils. In fact, using home remedies to cure infected skin abscesses will prevent you from developing bacterial infections that are resistant to antibiotics, like the MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) infection.
Let’s look at some of the best home remedies for curing inner thigh boils.
The Best Natural Ways to Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thigh
The best and most effective way to get rid of a boil on the upper, inner part of your legs or around your genitalia is to treat it with one of the following home remedies. The sooner you start to apply these natural treatments, the easier it will be to get rid of the furuncle.
Warm Compress with Epsom Salt
Applying heat to the inflamed boil on inner thigh increases the blood circulation and lets the white blood cells speed up the healing process. One of the many uses for Epsom salts on infected wounds is to help to drain the pus from the boil and prevent itching around the affected skin area.
Dermatologist, Dr. Richard J. Moskowitz recommends placing a warm compress on the affected skin area several times a day to help drain and heal the boil. He also warns against squeezing or picking at the boil as this can cause the infection to spread deeper and leave a scar.1
Make a warm compress with Epsom salts to get rid of a boil quickly. To make the home remedy, you will need Epsom salt, a clean cloth, hot water, and plastic wrap. You can also add a few drops of tea tree oil to help kill off any bacterial infection.
How to do it:
- Put 1/4 cup Epsom salt in a bowl and pour in 3/4 cup of hot water. Stir until dissolved.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil (optional).
- Soak the cloth in the water.
- Wrap or place the cloth on the boil and you can optionally cover with the plastic wrap to keep it in place.
- Leave for 30 minutes
- Repeat the remedy 2-3 times a day until the pus from the boil has completely drained and the skin has healed.
You can also make an Epsom salt bath to help get rid of the boil. This is very useful if you have a Bartholin gland cyst or the boil is right at the top of your inner leg.
A warm compress is also one of the most helpful treatments for removing sebaceous cysts naturally.
Essential Oils to Get Rid of a Boil
There are many essential oils that have powerful antibacterial properties to help treat skin infections, boils, carbuncles, and abscesses. These oils will make the boils heal quicker and provide relief from the discomfort and pain they cause.
Tea tree oil is an excellent natural remedy for curing boils on inner thigh. It is well-documented as an effective antibacterial essential oil that kills off harmful germs. Research into the antimicrobial effects of tea tree oil shows that tea tree essential oil effectively destroys the Staphylococcus aureus strain of bacteria.2
To use tea tree oil to heal a pimple on your inner thigh and stop the infection spreading further, you can apply a small amount of tea tree oil directly to the boil. Put 1-2 drops of tea tree oil on a cotton swab and place on the tip of the inflamed boil. Apply the tea tree oil home remedy to the boil a few times a day to help the boil heal quicker.
Thieves essential oil is a healing mixture of 5 essential oils that can help get rid of a boil faster. The recipe to make thieves essential oil includes the immune-boosting properties of clove, lemon, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary.
To help boost the antibacterial power of thieves oil, you can mix it with coconut oil. Coconut oil one of the best carrier oils for treating boils due to its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties that can speed up the healing process of boils. Coconut oil is well-known for its antimicrobial effect on the skin and it helps to soothe painful itchy skin.
To use thieves oil to help a boil heal faster, mix a few drops of the oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply the healing ointment to the infected skin area 2-3 times a day to get relief from the inflammation and pain caused by the boil. The antibacterial effect of coconut oil and thieves oil will help to eliminate the infection-causing germs and prevent it spreading.
Turmeric paste is an excellent natural remedy for curing boils on inner thigh due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. When applied to inflamed lumps on the skin that are filled with pus, turmeric can help to quickly get rid of any soreness and infection in the affected area.
Research into the antiseptic effect of turmeric on skin wounds found that it is a natural therapeutic compound. For example, researchers in Thailand found that the compound curcumin in turmeric has an antimicrobial effect against many bacteria strains, including Staphylococcus aureus. It also helps to reduce skin inflammation. They concluded that turmeric extract is a beneficial therapeutic compound for skin infections such as boils.3
How to do it:
Here is how to make a turmeric paste to heal a boil and reduce inflammation around the skin infection.
- Mix turmeric powder with some water until you have a thick consistency.
- Apply the healing turmeric paste directly onto the boil and cover with a bandage.
- Leave for 20-30 minutes.
- Apply 2 times a day to help drain the boil and help it heal quicker.
A word of warning: turmeric stains clothing and fabric very easily. Make sure that the bandage around the boil is big enough to prevent any of the turmeric paste leaking out.
The antibacterial effect of colloidal silver on wounds and skin infections makes it an effective home cure for boils. Silver particles are antibacterial and can help to eliminate infection-causing germs and microbes from the skin.
One case study reported that colloidal silver ointment applied directly to the wound effectively helped to heal the infected area. There was no spread of the infection and the wound healed without any complications.4
To make sure that your boil heals quickly, apply some colloidal silver cream to the inflamed lump on your inner thigh. Use the silver ointment 2 times a day until the painful bump on your inner thigh has gone completely.
Apple cider vinegar
Raw unprocessed apple cider vinegar is an easy and effective home remedy to help to cure a cyst or a boil on your inner thigh. The acidic content of apple cider vinegar acts as an antiseptic to clean skin infections and prevents any infection from spreading.
Apple cider vinegar contains acetic acid. A study in 2015 found that acetic acid is a natural way to treat infected wounds. The low pH level of apple cider vinegar helps to prevent any bacterial growth and eliminate infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus bacteria strain.5
To treat a painful boil with apple cider vinegar, dilute it with equal parts of water. Pour the apple cider vinegar remedy directly over the boil to kill off any bacterial infection.
Alternatively, you can make a compress by soaking a clean cloth in the diluted apple cider vinegar mixture. Place the antibacterial compress on the inflamed boil for 20 minutes to destroy infection in the affected skin area. Repeat the remedy 2-3 times a day to help heal the infection quicker.
Aloe vera gel is considered to be an effective home remedy for boils because of its ability to heal wounds and infected skin. Aloe vera doesn’t just have the ability to soothe skin inflammation associated with a boil, but it contains antibacterial properties to help heal the infection. Aloe vera also helps boost the skin’s production of collagen to prevent scarring.
A study entitled “Topical Application of Aloe Vera Accelerated Wound Healing” found that aloe vera is an effective natural remedy for wounds. The anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce swelling and redness and compounds in aloe vera help prevent the formation of scar tissue.6 Other studies have confirmed that it’s highly effective in treating and preventing Staphylococcus aureus bacterial infections.7
Make sure that you have pure aloe vera gel that has very few additives. Or, you can extract the gel directly from the leaf of an aloe vera plant. Apply the healing aloe vera gel to the boil and the surrounding skin area 2-3 times a day to reduce inflammation and swelling and to prevent the infection from getting worse.
Aloe vera is also gentle enough to get rid of an eye sty naturally.
Garlic is a natural antibiotic which can be used to get rid of boils on the inner thigh. Although it has a strong smell, when you discover how quickly garlic can treat a boil, you will happily put up with the strong odor.
A study published in the journal Microbes and Infection said that the compound allicin in garlic has a wide range of antibacterial activity. It can also help to rid the skin of fungal infections and is a natural healer.8
There are a few things to remember when using garlic as an antibiotic. One of them is that garlic is too powerful to put directly on your skin, especially the delicate skin on your inner thigh. So, garlic should be mixed with either virgin coconut oil or aloe vera.
How to do it:
- Crush 1-2 cloves of fresh raw garlic and let it sit for 10 minutes. This helps the allicin to form.
- Mix with 1 tbsp. of virgin coconut oil or pure aloe vera gel.
- Apply to the boil and gently massage the healing ointment into the skin.
- Leave for 20 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.
Apply the remedy 2 times a day to help fight the skin infection that causes boils and accelerate the healing process. If the garlic remedy burns your skin, mix it with more coconut oil or aloe vera gel.
Apply pure witch hazel to the boil to reduce inflammation and treat the infection. Witch hazel acts as a natural astringent to quickly reduce the size of the boil and speed up the healing process.
Many studies into witch hazel have found that its antioxidant properties help to disinfect wounds and make them heal quicker. Witch hazel also promotes the growth of new skin cells.9
Apply witch hazel directly to the boil and the surrounding skin area on your inner thigh. Do this 2-3 times a day until the inflammation has gone completely and there is no sign of infection.
Tips When Treating Inner Thigh Boils
To make sure and get rid of boils, inflamed lumps, and pimples on your inner thigh, there are a few precautions that you should be aware of. Here are some tips for treating boils:
- Always wash your hands before and after applying any home remedy to the boil.
- Prevent the spread of infection by not sharing towels and other fabric items.
- Don’t pick or squeeze the boil to avoid aggravating the infection more.
- Always practice good personal hygiene around the affected skin area and keep it dry.
- Keep your immune system healthy to prevent infections from becoming serious.
- Change underwear daily to prevent skin infections from developing on your inner thigh.
For more information about natural antibiotics read my articles:
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- Rash on Inner Thigh: Causes and Effective Home Treatments (Research Based)