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Old 10-19-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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Cortiad and honey. Add that to the hot compress deal. You can sleep in the cortaid. No ants.
The honey will pull out the water and help treat infection the cortaid will give a fast dose to reduce the swelling.
Exfoliate the area as well. (washcloth is fine)
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:54 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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most boils will come to a head with warm compresses several times a day to the area. but don't let it go for long- some boils need taken care of by a doc, and may need antibiotics. with the rise of MSRA infections across the country, it never hurts to give the doc a visit.
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Old 10-21-2008, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Wethersfield, CT
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When I talked to my sister about it, she said she gets them all the time, in that same area. She's even had to have a couple of them lanced.
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Old 02-11-2010, 10:27 AM
 
Location: tampa bay, florida
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Thanks for the Bacon suggestion..and I live in florida and I wasn't attacked by the local insect fauna...I put the bacon fat on it, put a bandage over it and in addition put a heating pad on low or one of those microwave heat gel things on it and by the next morning it was a hundred percent better. Thing wasn't purple but the whole top of my knee was fire red and it hurt like a dickens, especially when I was up on it and walking. My friend's into holistics, he couldn't believe the bacon fat did this (he thought the grease would just clog up the pores further) but like I said to him...we don't know exactly why aspirin works either do we. After one over night of the fat and the heat on it there were like six heads on it the next afternoon (a really nasty deep hair or several I'm guessing) and the redness had retreated to a small area.

I did soak in epsom salts and my friend suggested Jow (sic???) a chinese concoction (chinese herbal supplies have it, five coins I think is one brand). The jow didn't work, it got no better (which is strange because the Jow is usually fantastic for skin infections and I had two others on the other leg and that cleared those right up; maybe this one was just too deep).

Next time I'll try the hibiscus leaf idea, got a ton of them growing outside and I regularly pick them anyway for my iguana.

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