Thursday, October 23, 2008

Boil, Boil, Toil & Trouble...

Well, if you've ever had a boil, ouch, then you know just how painful they can be. Here is a bit of information about boils and different home remedies to try and get rid of these painful little bumps.

At the outset, a painful red nodule appears on the skin. The nodule grows bigger and then breaks down in the middle where pus collects. The boils patient experiences a lot of irritation and itching. The boil may appear as a single skin boil, or many boils in the same area or in different areas at or about the same time, or boils may come in successive crops. The swelling may either be limited to one hair follicle or extend to several follicles. When skin boils ripen, they give out a discharge. Fever may sometimes arise in a person with boils.

Causes of Boils--
Staphylococcus germs--Boils are caused mainly by staphylococcus germs. These enter sweat glands or hair follicles. The essential cause of boils is thus bacterial. However, there are several factors which predispose the growth of bacteria in hair follicles.
Toxic condition in blood stream--The chief factor is a toxic condition in the blood stream. This arises due to a faulty diet and a frenetic pace of living. Boils generally appear when a person is in a run-down devitalised condition.

Home Remedies--

Cover the boil with Hunt's® tomato paste as a compress. The acids from the tomatoes soothes the pain and brings the boil to a head.

Garlic and Onions have been proved to be among the most effective home remedy for boils treatment among several other remedies. Onion juice or garlic juice may be applied on boils externally to ripen them, break and evacuate the pus. Juices of both these vegetables can be mixed in equal quantities and applied on the boil for beneficial results.

Apply warm moist compresses three to four times a day over tender areas. This helps to bring the boil to a head and promotes easy drainage.

At the point when the boil swells, get red and very hard place a small piece of bacon fat to the sore then cover with a larger band aid before going to bed. By the next morning it will have lanced itself or will have the white head on it to lance. Some remedies say to put a copper penny over the bacon before covering it with a band aid.

Make a mixture of Epsom salts & Crisco (the solid kind). Put the mixture on a big bandage & cover the boil. One person who recommends this method says that usually in 15-20 min the boil will burst.

Mix Vicks and sugar together, place it on the boil and coverd it with a band aid.

Soak a piece of bread in milk and place it on the boil. You can use a gauze pad to hold it in place and tape it.

A slice of raw potato taped over the boil.

Keep in mind that anytime you touch the boil, especially after it bursts, to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. I've heard that you can very easily tranfer the bacteria from the boil to other parts of your body simply by touch. Yuck!

We had two little boys come to our house yesterday and offer to rake and mow (with a push mower) our lawn. They said they would do this for $2 each. Now our lawn is small, barely bigger than a postage stamp, but $4 for mowing and raking?! So we said "okay, have at it". Although we did pay them more than the measly $4 they asked for.

Well, this was right at dinner time and Rylie wanted to go out and "help the boys". So I put some spaghetti (paw-ghetti in Ry's words) on her plate and told her she could go outside and help after she ate. This is a child who will sit and talk all through dinner and do anything she can to avoid eating. Well, last night she sat there and had no time to talk because she was busy shoveling spaghetti in her mouth.

There wasn't even the usual eating one strand at a time and slowly slurping it up like a little worm. No, this was trying to get as much spaghetti on her fork as possible and when that didn't go fast enough, she was using her other had to hold the spaghetti on there to shovel it in. Her usual time of 20-30 minutes to eat maybe a 1/3 of her meal was cut down to 5 minutes and her dinner was all gone. LOL

So she got her jacket and ski vest on along with...oh mah gosh...her toy high heels, pink head band and Hannah Montanna sunglasses. I'm just thankful she didn't remember her pink feather boa, which she did wear to Wal-Mart the other day. Yep, that wee one is gonna be some real trouble for her father and I.

I wish my camera was working, because I would love to get a picture of her the way she was dressed to go to the store. She was too cute and I kept waiting for the papparazzi to pop out and begin snapping pictures. Although, I have a feeling that even if that did happen, it wouldn't even phase her, she'd probably just start smiling and posing for the camera's. I think our little one is fated for a big future. Or else she'll end up being the crazy ol' lady who lives down the street that wears outlandish hats & feather boa's to go to the grocery store and talks to her cats, lol.

Have a beautiful day!
Jill Marie


Indigo said...

Rylie is so cute. They tend to not grow out of it either. A few years ago I had to go away for a few days and asked my daughter to water my vegetable garden...It's priceless seeing a teenager standing next to a veg. garden in none other than high heels. To this day she'll go shopping with heels on and not give it another thought. Me? I like my comfort too much to indulge in walking all day in heels. (Hugs)Indigo

swmpgrly said...

I remember having one on my caboose when I was about 10 and my mom sitting on me squeasing it.
They must have heard me yell for