Dealing with boils on the buttocks

Boils can cause severe pain and can be debilitating especially when they develop on the buttocks. A boil is a skin infection that forms in a hair follicle or the oil glands. Initially, the skin becomes red and a sore lump forms. After 4-7 days, the lump becomes white due to the buildup of pus under the skin. Boils can reach the size of a pea and grow as big as a golf ball.

Symptoms of boils

  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Redness of the affected area

    Apply a warm compress on the boil and surrounding skin to encourage drainage and lessen pain.

  • Itchiness
  • Inflammation
  • Swollen lymph nodes


  • Bacterial or fungal infection which enters the body through a scratch or damaged follicles of hair. The body reacts by fighting the infection with special white blood cells which causes symptoms such as pus and inflammation.


  • Apply a warm compress on the boil and surrounding skin to encourage drainage and lessen pain. Repeat the process several times every day. Gently rub the affected area in a circular movement.
  • In a bathtub filled with warm water, mix uncooked or colloidal oatmeal and baking soda to relax the skin and heal the boil. Soak the affected areas for at least 10-15 minutes several times as needed.
  • After draining the boil, keep the areas clean by washing with a mild antibacterial soap. Dab the area dry using a towel. Wash thoroughly the hands after touching the boil and anything that comes in direct contact with the boil such as towels, sheets, clothing and washcloth.
  • In a glass of water, mix 1 tablespoon of colloidal silver which is a natural antibiotic and drink the solution at least 3 times every day for fast healing of the boil.
  • Use saline solution which is a mixture of a cup hot water and a teaspoon salt. Dip a washcloth in the saline solution and apply on the boil for fast drainage and drying out of the boil. Repeat the procedure several times as needed.
  • Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes to prevent irritation of the skin.
  • Take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to lessen the swelling and pain.
  • Apply the prescribed antibiotic or antiseptic cream on the affected area at least 2 times every day and cover the area with a bandage to keep it dry, clean and prevent spreading of infections.


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