Boils are common and they are considered as minor skin ailment. They are tiny inflamed, painful and pus filled bumps under the skin surface. They can develop anywhere on the body, but boils under armpit or in the groin region are frequent in occurrence. They are extremely painful. Sometimes underarm boils can also lead to fever. It may crop up as a single boil or there may be several boils at the same time in the underarm. The pain and discomfort produced due to underarm boils can also affect a person’s daily activities.
Initially it forms as a nodule in the armpits. After few days, you may observe a raised red and inflamed sore with a yellow pus filled center. As the pus starts accumulating in the boil, it gives rise to unbearable pain. Eventually the pocket of pus enlarges in size and rises to the skin surface, which finally bursts and drains. Once the pus is drained, pain diminishes and the healing process begins.
What Causes Boils Under Armpits?
- The commonest organism which is responsible for formation of boil is staphylococcus bacteria.
- Folliculitis: It is a condition resulting from an infection of hair follicle. The hair follicles in underarms are vulnerable to constant friction caused due to physical movement. Damaged follicle makes the way for the bacteria to enter into the oil gland of hair follicle. They multiply fast once they enter the oil gland giving rise to a red and painful underarm boil.
- There is excess amount of sweat in armpits. Dust and grime and dry sweat may sometime block the duct which connects the sweat gland and the hair follicle. This increases the chances of formation of infective boils in underarms.
- Poor hygiene, bad eating habits, living unhealthy life style, low immunity level, smoking and drinking, are also precipitating causes for boils under armpits.
- Use of under arm deodorants, person suffering from diabetes mellitus are often found to be suffering from underarm boils. In fact, if there is repeated episode of underarm boils, a person should always test his blood for diabetes.
Home Remedies For Boils Under Armpits
Most underarm boils enlarge and rupture on their own after some time, within two weeks. However, an underarm boil enlarges enormously if left untreated. The patient may not be able to bear the pain and discomfort resulting from an enlarged and inflamed boil. So it is always necessary to treat the underarm boil at home or consult the doctor. Usually the doctor prescribes antibiotics and anti inflammatory medicines for treating underarm boils. In some cases, he may advise for an incision and drainage of the boil.
There are several home remedies that are found useful for treating underarm boils they are:
- Apply hot compresses. To make a hot compress, dip a clean handkerchief in hot water and squeeze the extra water. Gently apply it on the affected area and keep it for 15 minutes. Repeat the process at least three times in a day. Warm compression helps to relieve pain and swelling as well as bring the infection to head, which facilitates easy rupture and drainage of boil.
- Turmeric: Turmeric is a natural anti bacterial and anti inflammatory in nature’s basket. To hasten the pus formation and drainage of boil, burn dried turmeric roots. Prepare a paste from the ash of burned turmeric roots by mixing little amount of water. Apply it over the underarm boil. The boil matures fast and drains easily with few application of this natural herb.
- A person can also eat a pinch of turmeric powder mixed in a spoon of honey.
- Dip two to three betel leaves in warm water. Now apply castor oil on the surface of one betel leaf. Keep it over the underarm boil for one or two hours. Change the leaf. Follow this procedure for few hours every day. Within one or two days, the boil ripens and ruptures without any cut or incision.
- Apply onion juice two to three times in a day over the underarm boil.
- Apply honey, especially raw honey on the boil. Honey is known to hasten suppuration as well as facilitate easy drainage without much pain and trouble.