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What is Furunculosis & How is it Treated?

What is Furunculosis?

A furuncle which in common terms is known as a boil is common pathological skin condition is caused by inflammation of the hair follicle and the sebaceous gland adjoining it. This boil or furuncle which when spreads throughout the body is termed as Furunculosis. This may be a benign condition but it causes a lot of problems for the affected individual both physically as well as cosmetically.

The rash formed due to Furunculosis is quite painful and gradually tends to form abscesses which are even more painful for the individual. Once the disease process has finished and healing phase starts these furuncles or boils leave scar behind them which if present in the face or other exposed parts of the body may pose as an embarrassment for the individual cosmetically.

Furunculosis is a condition which can gradually become chronic and may recur frequently. Once Furunculosis becomes chronic then it becomes extremely difficult to deal with them as the individual needs to take care of himself or herself constantly with periodic visits to the dermatologist and use preventive measures so as to cut down the duration of the disease process and lessen the chances of scar formation due to Furunculosis.

What is Furunculosis & How is it Treated?

What are the Causes of Furunculosis?

There are numerous factors that predispose an individual to Furunculosis. Some of these factors are a weak immune system, certain other skin diseasesstomach or intestinal problems. The most common bacterium responsible for development of furuncle and Furunculosis is staphylococci. It is very rare that Furunculosis is caused by any other microorganism.

People who have suffered from frostbite, who are obese, diabetic, and basically unhygienic or live in an unhygienic environment are more prone to getting Furunculosis than others. Furunculosis may occur in any part of the body but is usually seen to occur in places where the skin rubs against the clothes like neck, waist, hips, chest, and the like.

Furunculosis is a condition that takes a very long time to heal since it tends to recur very frequently and thus an individual needs to be very cautious and avoid any risk factor which may put him or her at risk for having recurrent Furunculosis.

What are the Symptoms of Furunculosis?

Some of the symptoms of Furunculosis are:

  • Purulent skin rash which tends to spreads throughout the body
  • Lymphadenopathy
  • The area around the boil becomes swollen, red, and extremely painful to palpation
  • Excruciating pain in the affected area
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite

Treatment & Home Remedies to Get Rid of Furunculosis

The moment an individual sees a boil or a furuncle develop on any part of the body, it is highly recommended that he or she consult with a dermatologist who in majority of the cases will prescribe a local disinfectant which needs to be applied two to three times a day for a few days. In most of the cases, this prevents the boils or furuncle to further develop or spread and prevents aggravation of Furunculosis. In some cases, dermatologist may also prescribe antibiotics along with vitamins and other supplements for treatment of Furunculosis.

Apart from this there are a few Home Remedies which are quite useful in not only boosting the immune system of the body but also help get rid of Furunculosis. These Home Remedies are:

Propolis: This is quite rich in antioxidants and elements which provide resistance to various illnesses including Furunculosis. All you need to do is take a couple of pills of Propolis and mix it with about half a cup of vodka and store in a cool dry place for about 10 days. Once the mixture is ready you can take a couple of teaspoons of this mixture on a daily basis at least three times a day to get rid of Furunculosis.

Celandine: This is a good Home Remedy for Furunculosis as this herb cleans any toxic waste that is present in the body. You can take a bit of this herb and ingest it with water on an empty stomach every morning for about a month to get rid of Furunculosis.

Fish Oil: This is an excellent Home Remedy for many ailments and Furunculosis is no exception. Fish oil has plenty of fatty acids which boost the immune system and helps in getting rid of Furunculosis.

Onions: This is also a very good Home Remedy to get rid of Furunculosis, all you need to do is chop an onion and cover it with water and leave it like that for a couple of hours. After that, just take couple of sips of that water at least three times a day for a few days till you get rid of Furunculosis. It should be noted here that a fresh onion should be sliced everyday and one should not use any leftover ones.

Aloe Vera: This is a well known Home remedy to boost the immune system of the body. All you need to do is take a piece of Aloe Vera leaf and eat it. You can also take it with water in order to get rid of Furunculosis.

How to Prevent Furunculosis?

There are several ways to prevent aggravation of Furunculosis. Some of the ways to prevent Furunculosis are:

Diet: It is extremely necessary to check the diet that you take especially if you have had a previous bout of Furunculosis. It has been observed that people who consume excessive sweets are more prone to get Furunculosis so a limit needs to be put on the amount of sweets that you consume to prevent Furunculosis.

Hygiene: This is extremely important as most cases of Furunculosis arise due to lack of proper hygiene. Thus, try and wash hands before eating, try and not touch the face or other parts of the body with dirty hands, and always wash the hand with an antibacterial soap whenever you have gone out doing gardening or yard work so as to prevent any development of Furunculosis.

Wound Treatment: In case if you get a scratch or a wound, wash it with an alcohol swab or use a first aid kit so as to prevent any infection from developing which may give rise to development of Furunculosis.


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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:September 5, 2023

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