Armpit Boils and Home Remedies

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Armpit Boils and Home Remedies

Armpit boil symptoms

A boil forms when a bacterial infection most commonly a staph infection occurs within a hair follicle. The infection affects the hair follicle and the tissue around it. The bacterial infection causes a hollow space around the follicle that fills with pus. If the area of infection increases around the hair follicle, the boil will grow larger.

Symptoms of a boil include:

red, pinkish bump

pain on or around the bump

yellow pus showing through the skin


sick feeling

itching on or around boil

Several interconnected boils are called a carbuncle. A carbuncle is a large area of infection under the skin. The infections result in a group of boils appearing as a larger bump on the surface of the skin.

What causes armpit boils?

Boils under the arm occur when a hair follicle becomes infected. This may occur due to:

Excessive sweating. 

If you sweat more than normal due to the weather or physical activity, but you dont clean yourself properly, you may be more susceptible to infections such as boils.


 Your underarm is a place where sweat and dead skin can build up. If you shave your armpits often, you could have higher likelihood of contracting a bacterial infection in your armpit. When you shave, you may be accidentally creating openings in the skin under your arms which can allow bacteria easier access.

Poor hygiene.

 If you do not wash under your arms regularly, dead skin can build up which may contribute to the development of boils or pimples.

Weak immune system.

 If you have a weak immune system, your body may be less able to fight off a bacterial infection. Boils are also more common if you have diabetes mellitus, cancer, eczema or allergies.

Treating armpit boils

Do not pick at, pop, or squeeze your boil. Among other negative results, popping your boil may cause the infection to spread. Also, squeezing the boil may allow additional bacteria to enter the lesion from your hands or fingers.

To help your boil heal:

Use antibacterial soap to clean the area.

Apply moist, warm compresses to the area several times a day.

Do not attempt to pop the boil.

If your boil does not go away after two weeks, you should get treatment from a medical provider. Your doctor may cut the boil open to drain the pus. You may also be prescribed antibiotics to heal the underlying infection.

Home Remedies For Armpit Boils

No one should have to live with boils or skin infections of any kind. Treat skin growths with household items like tea, honey, and more with these simple tips. 

Tomato Paste

Boils, or skin abscesses, are pimple-like skin infections that can swell into large, pus-filled sore-to-the-touch growths. To treat a boil before it gets too big and painful to handle without a doctor, try this easy home remedy that uses tomato paste. (Yep, tomato paste!) Apply a coat of tomato paste over the boil, and the veggies acids will lessen the pain and encourage the boil to come to a headmeaning, itll soften and be ready for popping. Dont attempt to pop a boil until its soft and you can see a small yellow dot of pus at the center.

Epsom salts

To reduce the pain and inflammation from a boil, treat yourself to a nice soak in Epsom salts. The salts will help draw out extra moisture from the area, so that the boil drains more quickly.


You can also apply a warm bag of black tea to the boil. Black tea contains tannins, which draw out excess moisture from the boil. Plus, it has antibacterial qualities, and the warmth will soothe the pain. Hold the bag against the area for five minutes or so several times a day for best results.

Turmeric-Ginger Paste

Turmeric and ginger are powerful anti-inflammatories and can be used to treat boils. Pound a small amount of ginger in a mortar and pestle until its smooth, then mix in some turmeric to form a paste. Apply the mixture to the boil for relief. (Note that the turmeric will temporarily color your skin an orangey-yellow color, but its worth it if it works!) You can also drink a turmeric-ginger tea.


Heres another great remedy from the kitchen. Boil a green cabbage leaf until it softens, usually about a minute, then remove from the boiling water. When its cool enough to touch, cover the boil with the leaf and wrap with a clean cloth for 30 minutes at a time. If you repeat this every day, your boils will soon be long gone!


Once the boil bursts, cover it with a thin layer of honey. Not only is honey known for its antibacterial qualities, but amazingly enough, when it dries on the skin it will form a protective bandage over the raw spot!

Keep It Clean

Boils are often caused bacteria, so you want to make sure to keep the affected area clean. Dab antiseptic tea tree oil 

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