How to Get of an Abscess

An abscess is a mass that is full of puss and debris. It is often colored pink to deep red, painful and warm to the touch. They can show up anywhere on your body but are most common in the armpits, around the anus and vagina, at the base of the spine and around a tooth. Boils, which are a type of abscess, happen around hair follicles. An abscess often must be drained in order to heal it effectively.

 

How do I know if I have an abscess?

  • A bump that comes to a head
  • Painful
  • Red
  • Warm to the touch
  • Tender

 

How can I prevent an abscess?

  • Keep good personal hygiene
  • Wash with gentle soap and warm, not hot, water
  • Be careful to avoid nicking yourself when shaving

 

How can I treat an abscess?

  • Warm compresses, 30 minutes four times a day help with small abscesses.
  • Eat garlic! It has natural antibacterial and antiviral properties. Make a poultice from minced garlic and apply it to the infected area over night.
  • If you have a tooth abscess, make a mouth wash by swishing a few teaspoons of flaxseed or coconut oil and then spitting it out.
  • Make a paste of turmeric and water and apply it to the abscess.
  • Make a poultice of epsom salts, tea tree oil and turmeric and apply it regularly to bring the boil to a head.
  • Rinse with a mix of baking soda and water to help with healing.
  • Wipe with apple cider vinegar to alleviate pain.
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