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How To Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thigh

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A boil, called a furuncle in medical terms, is an acute infection of a hair follicle. It is also known as skin abscess.

Boils can occur on the inner thighs as well as on the face, armpit, back of the neck, throat, groin and buttocks. Simply put, boils are small bumps with white or yellow centers that can spread to other skin areas. They tend to become painful and increase in size in a few days when pus builds up.

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They are mostly caused by the staphylococcal bacteria. Plus, factors like a damaged hair follicle, weak immune system, infected sweat glands, harsh chemicals, poor hygiene, poor nutrition and chronic diseases, such as diabetes make you more susceptible to developing boils.

Most boils can be treated at home, including those on the inner thighs. Home treatments for boils are simple, yet highly effective.

However, if your boil is resistant to treatment, does not heal within 2 weeks, is extremely painful, or causes a fever then consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of a boil on the inner thigh.

1. Warm Compress

The easiest way to quickly get rid of a boil on your inner thigh is to use heat applications. Warm compresses applied on the affected skin increase blood circulation and allow the antibodies and white blood cells to fight the infection faster.

  1. Soak a cloth in warm water, squeeze out the excess water and press it over the boil.
  2. Do this repeatedly throughout the day until the boil erupts and the pus drains out.
  3. Clean the area thoroughly and apply a medicated ointment to prevent any further infection.

When dealing with a Bartholin gland cyst, also called a Bartholin duct cyst, occuring just inside the opening of the vagina, take a warm sitz bath. More often than not, these cysts heal on their own without treatment.

2. Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil is an excellent natural remedy for boils on inner thighs because of its strong antiseptic, antibacterial antifungal properties.

home remedy for boils on inner thigh

  • Soak a cotton swab in tea tree oil. Dab it on the affected area. Do this a few times daily until the boil is healed.
  • Another option is to mix a few drops of tea tree oil in a bowl of warm water. You can also mix a little lavender oil in it. Soak a washcloth in the solution and use it as a compress on the affected skin for about 10 minutes. Repeat several times a day.

3. Turmeric

The antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric can speed up the healing process of a boil on your inner thigh. The compound curcumin in turmeric also helps relieve pain.


turmeric remedy to get rid of boils on inner thighs

  • Mix some turmeric powder and enough water to make a thick paste. (You can also make a paste by mixing turmeric powder, milk cream and vinegar.) Apply the paste on the boil and leave it on for at least 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat a few times a day. It will help the boil come to a head and burst within a few days.
  • You can also add 1/2 or 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a glass of milk, boil it and drink it twice daily to get relief from the inflammation and pain caused by the boil.

4. Onion

Onions have antiseptic properties that help fight skin infection and speed up the healing process. When the juice of the onion comes in with the infected area, it acts as an irritant as well as an antimicrobial agent. This helps draw out the heat from the boil and promote eruption. It also helps reduce inflammation and alleviates pain.

  1. Cut a fresh onion into thick slices.
  2. Put the onion slices on the boil and cover them with a cloth.
  3. Change the onion slices every 2 to 3 hours until the boil erupts and drains.

5. Neem

Due to its natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, neem, also known as Indian lilac and margosa, is another effective natural cure for boils on inner thighs.

  • Wash and grind a handful of neem leaves into a paste. You can also add some turmeric powder. Apply this paste on the affected area and leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off. Do this a few times a day.
  • Another option is to boil some neem leaves in a pan filled with water until most of the water evaporates and 1/3 of it remains. Cool and strain the solution. Rinse the affected area with this neem-infused water a few times a day.

6. Epsom Salt

Epsom salt helps bring a boil to the head and speed the drainage of the bacteria. Plus, being highly absorbent, it helps draw out toxins and impurities from the skin.

  • Dissolve ¼ cup of Epsom salt in 2 cups of warm water. Dip a clean washcloth in the solution and place it on your boil. Leave it on for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat a few times daily until the boil begins to drain.
  • Alternatively, take a sitz bath in warm water mixed with a cup of Epsom salt. Do this for 15 to 20 minutes, 2 or 3 times daily for a few days.

How To Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thigh was last modified: May 27th, 2017 by Top10HomeRemedies
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126 thoughts on “How To Get Rid of Boils on Inner Thigh”

  1. I get them occasionally on my inner thigh, but usually on my back. Like most they are very painful. I just make a paste with baking soda and warm water. I apply the paste and put a gauze pad over it. I replace it twice a day until it’s gone. I do think it’s strange that it always comes in the same spot every time. I guess it’s already damaged or weakened from before. In doing this research, I am going to try the coconut oil pull. It is suppose to draw all the toxins from your body. Helps ur teeth, gums, skin and headaches, also energy booster. If I can control the gagging. ..I’m hoping it will work. With all the stress over the past 2 yrs, it has really taken a toll on my body. Wish me luck!

    1. The boils are coming back in the same spots because even though the swelling is going down, the original cause is still under the skin. If it’s a regular boil or cyst, caused by an irritation under the skin, it gets big, red, and puffy because it’s developed an infection. Just like if you get a cut and some dirt gets under the skin, the area will swell up and form a pocket beneath the skin that will fill with fluid (the watery blood and puss).

      The water and blood is because your body is trying to separate what’s causing the irritation from itself, like an oyster wraps the pearl around the grain of sand in its shell to project it’s delicate body. If your body can’t get rid of what’s irritating it (dirt, germs, or even a chemical irritation from food or other sources) the swelling and fluid continue to build up, which can lead to an infection. The height of the infection is when the boil swells up the largest and the puss moves towards the surface of the skin- when it forms the white head.

      If you’re getting the water/blood out, but not cleaning out all of the puss, or the original thing causing the irritation, it’s going to keep happening again after your body has a chance to become irritated by the cause again. Getting the blood and water out will reduce the swelling in the area, but doesn’t stop the boil from forming again if you don’t get it ALL out.

      Some home remedies work for some people, and some don’t- you won’t know until you try it, but you should always consult your doctor about it- even though it can be embarrassing. Persistent problems might be a sign of a more serious issue, or it might just be that your underwear leg hole is rubbing you the wrong way- but you won’t know unless you ask a trained medical professional. If you’re not comfortable asking your current doctor then find one you do trust and can talk to. Your health is important;you only have one body- take care of it!

      1. Oh, I forgot to say, while it might hurt to have it lanced or healed, it has to be done. If it’s not taken care of completely, and correctly, it will keep coming back. There are a lot of different causes of these things, some are easy to care for, (removing the infection and the cause, while keeping it clean after), while others can be caused by genetic issues or diseases; they’re all painful to be dealt with, but it’s got to be treated or something worse can happen. I wish you good luck and fast healing! 🙂

  2. I got boils on my butt all the time when I was younger and it hurt like hell! My mom tried all types of stuff to get it to burst but nothing happened so she took me to the ER and the doctor can in and I was laying on my stomach and before he even started talking he popped it with this needle it was the worst pain EVER! Didn’t numb it or anything! Now I have one on my inner thigh and I can’t even walk! I’m going to try the tea tree oil hopefully that helps!

  3. Owh my God my boil just got drained! I have dis naughty annoying boil under my thigh,I couldn’t sit nor drive even d way I walk was so frustrating, I just used hot water on it yesterday and today pain is gone! Wowh I hate boils experience.

  4. I’ve been getting boils for the past two years ongoing. I’ll get them for a week it’ll go away and it’ll come right back nonstop I’ve been to the doctor and to a dermatologist they gave me antibiotics nothing seems to be working I’m going to go try these home remedies as far as onions and warm compresses. I’ve also been getting them underneath my breast in between my inner thigh and under my armpit the ones in between my inner thighs are the most painful… I’ve been getting on going yeast infections every time I get a boil. Its been this way for 2 straight years now. Me and my boyfriend are nearly having sex due to this problem. Not sure what to do anymore. I’ve been to my doctors and she has ran several test on me and she can’t never find a issue on why I’m getting boils. Every time I get a boil, I’ll get a yeast infection. ??

  5. I have one right now and I really don’t wanna go to the Dr. I am going to try some of these home remedies first! Just worried cuz last time one got this bad I was hospitalised for 2 days and then had a picc line and had to run my own iv antibiotics at home for 2 weeks. They were even talking about how I could lose my leg because the infection was so bad and it kept spreading. Hopefully I can get some relief without the help of a doctor

  6. I suffered from boils until 2011 when one almost killed me. Got one on my upper thigh and it turned septic and I ended up with Toxic Shock Syndrome. Thankfully, a friend on a different forum that I go to for lymphoma was a naturopath in Australia. He recommended me take a good vitamin B complex vitamin and I swear, I have had less than 2 boils (and they were very small ones) since I started taking these vitamins. It WORKS!!! It would be well worth a try if you really suffer from them. I am so thankful that he suggested this as it really did work for me.

  7. I had one when I was 16. My mom cut the end off a potato and taped it over the boil. They were gone next day, but have scars

  8. I’ve suffered these for 20 yrs 🙁 was diagnosed as hidradinitis suppurativa …. it’s a horrid condition….. on long term antibiotics and have creams but if it wants to flare up it will… no reason, nothing I do or do do helps! I feel your pain

  9. I’m not a female, but I have suffered from this misery for years. I have had many cut out by the docs, (on my neck, back, between my legs). I can have one between either leg at any time. It doesn’t seem that it’s a heredity issue. I have lanced many myself with success, (just keep it sanitized afterwards). They leave purplish marks forever.The one that was removed from my neck left a scar that looks like a gunshot wound. If I ever figure out what causes them, I will share it with you all. How ever your home remedies do give me more options to try after the fact. Good luck to us all!

    1. I have had these off and on for years. I am now taking vitamin A supplement and have never had another episode since. Taking one capsule a day is a pretty easy way to prevent these painful boils. As a teenager I had acne on my upper arms and back for years. Once I found out it was because of a deficiency of vitamin A, the condition cleared up within weeks!

  10. My daughter turned 15 and was immediately met with acne on her face and back that progressively got worse. We started treating it with homeopathic remedies. That seemed to keep it in check but didn’t heal it. The acne was severe and we learned it had a name – cystic acne. The medical options had adverse side affects – so just continued the cleaning and supplement regimen to keep it under control. Two years later she was 17, she had her first boil in her groin area. We had no idea what it was – actually thought it was an ingrown hair and so we treated it as such. Then she began to get one after another. I googled, I questioned friends and family. We adjusted her supplements, thinking perhaps it was tied to the cystic acne – adding coconut oil, Spirulina and Chlorella as well as probiotics. Sometimes she would get through a couple of weeks without any boils – then to have them back to back. She was so embarrassed and overwhelmed. Then came the rashes. Rashes like what infants get with diaper rashes – on her privates and her female areas. She was miserable. Boils & Rashes! Rashes and Boils!

    Our family is on a budget and cannot afford huge medical bills. In February of 2017, I cried out to God for answers. That very night – He graciously helped me find the right combination of words in google. I’d been trying different combinations of words for the last 2 years! I saw a correlation between her cycle and the frequency of the boils – so I googled “boils and rashes that pop up in groin area during a woman’s menstrual cycle” – I found the name – Hidradenitis suppurativa. Coincidence or not (NOT!) – I had an answer. As I read article after article and blog after blog, I shook my head. As I looked at the photos – I had an answer! My daughter had an answer!

    We began reading about treatments. What we kept seeing was that DIET played a huge part in the answer. That was 7 months ago that we began. I am happy to say that my darling daughter has gone 3 months without a single boil. And we discovered what triggered the rash. And we have seen the cystic acne on her face and back clear up!

    This is her protocol that works for her. We have read many who write that everyone’s journey and recovery is their own and unique. That is the truth! Keep searching, (keep praying), keep experimenting until you too are free from boils, rashes, acne and HS! My daughter now follows the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol – Paleo) diet. She did elimination diet slowly, from February to June. I will list in order what she eliminated. ALL of these foods triggered either boils or rashes!

    No gluten, no corn, no grains (except brown rice she can eat), no almonds, cashews, pistachios, no dairy, no legumes, no nightshades at all (no white potatoes, no tomatoes, no peppers, no eggplants, no paprika, no cumin, no cayenne, no chili powder). AND for her the most important one to avoid – ALL sugars! For sweeteners she can do pure raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia in moderation – but that is ALL. If she has something that has a hidden sugar she will get a rash.

    As she got the boils at the beginning – we treated by washing the area, doing apple cider and Epsom salt baths and keeping colloidal silver and tea tree oil on the wound. That helped them from becoming infected.

    And one more thing – she always had sensitive skin. She has always been allergic to avocado oil lotions and perfumed lotions. We also knew she was allergic to latex – we found out when she was little with Band-Aid reactions. But we discovered this summer that she is allergic to feminine hygiene products which was triggering rashes during her cycle. She purchased Thinx period panties – and she used them for her cycle and that was the first time she did not get a rash during her period.

    For such a long time she was so devastated by an unknown illness. Then shocked to find out what it was but scared when she read that she would suffer from it forever! But we kept praying and searching and now she is on a journey to healing!

  11. I have a few spots on my inner thigh that became darker than my regular skin tone after I got pregnant. I thought it would go away after giving birth but it did not. Decided to give dermalmd lightening serum a try. I’ve only been using it for a little over a week. So not too much difference is noticible yet as it says it takes at least a month to see a difference. I read some of the other reviews about reactions developing and I can say I have not developed any negative reaction to dermalmd serum and I have extremely sensitive skin. I’m really hoping that this dark patch lightens up after prolonged use.

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