Suffering from boils / baltod? Are they causing you too much pain? While there is nothing serious to worry about, it’s always better to take the right action before they worsen. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Baltod or Boil & how do they look like?
“Boil” is a condition where your skin’s pores, oil glands or hair follicle is infected by a bacteria called staphylococcal. Boils or baltods look like a small pus-filled red bump causing pain.
Note: A pimple is not a boil even though they look similar to each other.
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Where do Boils/Baltod appear?
Boils commonly occur in the following skin regions:
- Face, eye, and mouth.
- The back, the neck, the stomach, the chest, breast, the arms or legs, or even in the ear canal.
- Buttocks or near the anus,
- Boils around the eye are called styes.
- Boils on the gum are called gumboil.
What causes Boils/Baltod?
We get Boils/Baltods for various reasons. Generally, observed causes are –
- Poor immunity
- Alcohol consumption
- Poor hygiene
- Open wounds
- Ingrown hair
- Clogged pores
- Summer Season
What happens if boils / baal tod isn’t cured?
- The boil might become big as time goes by.
- They can grow from a pea-size to golf ball-size.
- The infection may get severe and you may experience fever, swollen lymph nodes, and fatigue.
- It will easily start spreading to your family members.
- It starts itching and, in turn, scratching will damage the skin.
- When boils get complicated, it scars your skin.
- Infections may enter your bloodstream and end up damaging different internal organs.
- More boils may start appearing, increasing infection severity.
Do’s and Don’ts for Baltod/Boil
- Keep your skin clean and as dry as possible. Especially your armpits and inner thighs.
- Wear the right kind of clothing, preferably cotton especially during summers.
- If you have a wound or a cut, cover it with a bandage to avoid being infected.
- Never squeeze or cut the boils.
- Never poke it with a needle; this could worsen the infection.
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Steps To Treat Boils (Baltod ka ilaj)
Boils usually clear up on their own and need no interference in that case. In some situations, they worsen, here is a simple way to cure Boil/Baltod.
- Keep the area clean. Use antibacterial soaps or natural ingredients such as Neem and turmeric to help clean & cool the skin and reduce bacteria.
- Make a warm compress by soaking a clean washcloth in hot water. Do not use water that is too hot. You can even use a heat pack available in stores.
- Apply heat to the boil by holding the compress to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Do this 2 to 3 times daily until the boil releases pus and heals.
- Once the boil bursts, keep it covered with a fresh bandage or gauze to prevent infection while it heals.
In case the infection is severe, then visit a dermatologist.
For boil/baltod diagnosis, there are no specific tests, the doctor might just have to do a physical examination.
- If the infection is severe, then antibiotics might be prescribed.
- If you have chronic (more than two years) boils, removal by plastic surgery may be suggested.
Baltod Medicine: Prescription Antibiotics & Over-the-counter
Commonly prescribed oral, topical, or intravenous antibiotics are:
- amoxicillin (Amoxil, Moxatag)
- cefazolin (Ancef, Kefzol)
- cephalexin (Keflex)
- clindamycin (Cleocin, Benzaclin, Veltin)
- doxycycline (Doryx, Oracea, Vibramycin)
- erythromycin (Erygel, Eryped)
- gentamicin (Gentak)
- levofloxacin (Levaquin)
- mupirocin (Centany)
- sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra)
Note: Do not self-medicate. Not every anti-biotic and medication won’t work on you. Some end up worsening your baltod/boils. Always consult your doctor for the right treatment. Your doctor will diagonise your baltod before prescribing you suitable antibiotics.
Baltod Remedy – Natural
Some home remedies may help in improving your baltod condition:
1. Apply Heat: Applying heat to a boil helps increase blood circulation bringing WBC and antibodies to the area to fight the bacterial infection causing the baltod/boil.
2. Turmeric Powder: Mix turmeric with water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the boil at least twice a day. Turmeric’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties helps heal a boil.
3. Epsom Salt: It helps dry out the pus, causing the boil to drain.
4. Neem Oil: Neem oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that can help treat skin infections, including boils. Apply a drop of oil directly on the boil.
Note: Home remedies aren’t always effective. Sometimes, they may end up worsening your baltod condition too. Please check with your dermatologist before trying out any of these.
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FAQs on Baltod/ Skin Boils
Boils usually heal on its own after a period of itching and mild pain. Sometimes, they become more painful as pus builds up. In such scenarios, boil needs to be opened up and drained in order to heal. Apply warm, moist, compresses on the boil several times a day (even after boil opens) to speed draining and healing. Get treatment from your skin doctor if: 1. A boil stays more than 2 weeks. 2. A boil repeats. 3. It causes pain and discomfort.
Some boils tend to develop due to warmth and moisture that are trapped under the skin. Sitting for long hours or excessive sweating and heat can contribute to the development of these heat boils.
The most common causes of water boils or blisters are friction, freezing, burning, infection, and chemical burns.