Abscess Herbal Remedies
An abscess is a localized pocket of infection or pus that commonly affects the skin, but can occur anywhere. When an infection gets isolated into a small area by the immune system it can form a larger than average raised area of skin which is usually extremely tender and painful to touch. There are many types and they may have different names depending on their location. For example, one that forms around a follicle of hair is called a boil. A carbuncle is one that is very severe, and it may have several centers located on several hair follicles.
A noticeable lump is formed in the affected area that is red and swollen. It can be very painful. It may take up to two weeks to come to a head and burst, which will relieve the initial pain. If the infection becomes large enough, you may experience fever and fatigue and notice swollen glands.
Abscesses and boils are usually caused by a bacterial infection that takes root in a small cut or scrape in the skin or in hair follicle. This can be caused by an area being rubbed raw by tight clothing, skin around a nail bed can become infected, or it could begin in a hair follicle or small injury. Boils in general occur more often in young men.
They also form internally, such as gastrointestinal, lungs, appendix etc. This can be caused by an area being rubbed raw by tight clothing, a hangnail can become infected, or it could begin in a hair follicle or small injury. Boils in general occur more often in young men. Poor diet and immune suppression can also lead to susceptibility to the ailment.
A chronic abscess may indicate underlying problems - See your doctor if it does not drain in a short period of time or if you experience fever or fatigue. If it forms multiple centers, take immediate action and see a medical professional. Your doctor may also need to lance it to remove the pus.
To boost the immune system take:
The following herbal teas are also of benefit:
Topical treatment can be applied to reduce heat, treat infection and/or to ripen the abscess. Herbal remedies include:
Commonly used essential oils to treat an abscess include: