I have been getting boils since my brother came home from jail with one on his face. I have at least three a month, and I have cleaned up my diet, scrubbed my skin with Hibiclens soap (which might I add is NOT cheap), and tried the Campho-Phenique and BoilEze. Nothing works, so I discovered the Icthammol ointment, or what the old-timers call 'black tar ointment.' This will bring the boils to a head quicker, but I usually have to go have them lanced open. I have scars ALL over my body,from my face to my ankles, where I have had boils. The only thing that has helped me with the pain is to soak in a hot tub, or, if on an extremity, place a hot compress directly on the boil and keep repeating this until the pain subsides. It won't go all the way away, but it WILL subside somewhat. I have even had the IV antibiotic Vancomycin, and the pill antibiotic Xyvox, and these made them go away for about 2 or 3 months, but they always come back. The doctor said that the Staph infection has set up in my bloodstream, and there is really nothing that can be done to decrease the number of boils I will get, but what I have described is the best course of action. And ALWAYS remember, NEVER SQUEEZE OR TRY TO POP A BOIL...IT WILL ONLY MAKE IT WORSE!!!
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