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E in Texas

I started getting abscesses in the summer of 2010 which was a couple of months after I got laid off my job of 10 years. I was getting them back to back and they were huge and painful! When I got my first one on my butt I thought i had gotten bit by spider! I had to go to the ER to have it lanced. they gave me two shots and sent me home with antibiodics. I thought that would be the end of it, but; as soon as that one healed came another one. I became worried and stressed. After going thru three of them at this point it was evident that I was going to continue getting them. If it wasn't for my boyfriend I would not have made it thru this time because he really took care of me. They really made me sick with fever and severe pain and would have to go to the ER evertime because I had no insurance at this time. I started researching them and found different message boards and tried just about everthing I saw that different people has posted. I came across a post that said use Ichthammol Ointment. It is a black tar like ointment that draws out the abscess. I went to my local Walgreens and asked the clerk for it. It cost about $12.00 bucks. A new one was just starting up. I got a large bandade, squirted the cream on that bandade and covered the small area that was sore and painful already. It was just a small painful bump at this point. I changed it once in that same day with a new bandade with the ointment on it. To make a long story short, by the second day the bump had come to a head and burst. What was in it drained out and it began to heal. The pain was releave immediately! I was so amazed and happy! I continued to get about three more after that continuing to cover them at the onset with a large bandade filled with the ointment until it came to a head. I eventually stopped getting them and I would attribute it to stopping them before they could get started. I have not had another one since 2010. I encourage everyone to try this! It worked for me. Also make sure you keep the area clean and change it at least twice a day and leave it on at night as well. Good luck to all for this was my remedy that worked!

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Thanks for that information, will be heading to my local Walgreens tomorrow. I been having the same issue and will try anything. Thanks again.


Hi, make sure you leave it on for 24 hours it will work better if you do so :)


I just want to thank you very much for this info... I just purchased the ointment and within 2 hours it came out.. this is by far the best remedy out there for an abscess... thank you once again.. Now, i will be going out tonight..


I just saw your post and Ive been trying to find anything to help I saw your post when I was standing in Walgreens to get drawing salve but they no longer sell it and I bought what you recommended I PRAY it works


Dear E, thank you so much for the information. I have been suffering from boils on my vaginal lip since last 18 months. i get one every month, and it get huge and is so very painful. am tired of taking antibiotics and painkillers, only to get one again the next monht. Please let me know how will i be able to get this ointment here in India. I have checked with the drug stores here but they dont seem to have such an ointment. Please can you help me with this in any way??


Nat, you may have to check into what customs rules you have in India first but I'm sure some online pharmacy has the product. I think I saw it on the U.S.


The Ichtamol Ointment does work. I learned about it over a year ago. It has an unpleasant smell to it but it beats the excessive pain. In my case from tome to time it takes a few days to dry up the boil and I am sometimes left with a hard lump for a while. I've wondered what the deal is with that. Maybe more information or an upgrade will be developed. Hopefully an unscented one.


I've used Icthammol before, but I believe the boil needs to be treated with antibiotics to soften whatever the abscess is filled with. So if ever there was a hardness about the abscess, I wouldn't use the ointment until I could get a hold of some antibiotics. However, because they say your body can build a tolerance to them, I would usually just deal with the hardness. I was hoping to find something new to prevent them from coming. It might be stress and poor dieting that's doing it, as they say is the cause of many things.


I used the ichthammol ointment as well, except I have no patience, so I also salted the ointment on the gauze pad prior to applying it to the boil. It works in about an hour or two, and other than the initial burn from the salt, its painless. It makes it come to a head and drain super fast.


Wow, I just started getting another abscess yesterday and was absolutely miserable and in so much pain. I came across this post, immediately went out to Walgreens & bought the last tube of the ointment. Close to 12 hours later the abscess has drained and I feel 100\% better.. thank you SO MUCH for posting this! Worked like a charm :)

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