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12 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Boils On the Inner Thighs

Medically reviewed by Dr. Millie Lytle, ND, MPH
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12 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Boils On the Inner Thighs Hyderabd040-395603080 January 9, 2020

Boils on the inner thighs are caused by an inflammation of the hair follicles under the skin. This is due to infection caused by the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Any damaged skin area (due to scraping, shaving, or scratching) is susceptible to the formation of boils, especially in the sensitive areas of the inner thighs. The boils are called furuncles and can be itchy and release pus.

In this article, we will discuss the causes of boils on the inner thigh, some natural remedies to manage the symptoms, and easy ways by which you can prevent it.

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What Causes Boils On The Inner Thighs?

Human beings generally carry the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus on their skin surface. When there is a cut or scrape on the skin, these bacteria gain access to the hair follicles. They settle down and start multiplying in the hair follicles, causing infection. This gives rise to boils in areas like your inner thigh. Sometimes, weakened immune systems and conditions like diabetes make people susceptible to developing boils (1).

We will now discuss a few simple natural remedies that can help you manage boils on the inner thighs.

12 Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Boils On the Inner Thighs

  1. Tea Tree Oil
  2. Turmeric
  3. Epsom Salt
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Garlic
  6. Onion
  7. Aloe Vera
  8. Vinegar
  9. Black Seed Oil
  10. Echinacea
  11. Neem
  12. Potatoes

1. Tea Tree Oil

The antimicrobial activity of tea tree oil can combat the bacteria that causes an infection in the hair follicle. This essential oil also aids in reducing the scar that the boils leave behind (2).

You Will Need
  • 1-3 drops of tea tree oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to a tablespoon of coconut oil and mix well.
  2. Dip the cotton swab in the mixture and apply it to the boil.
  3. Make sure the used cotton swab doesn’t touch any uninfected part of the body and dispose of it.
How Often You Should Do This

Reapply a few times during the day, using a fresh cotton swab every time.

2. Turmeric

According to a study, the curcumin in turmeric showed a high potential to act as an antibiotic against various bacterial strains (3). Ginger possesses anti-inflammatory properties and can aid in healing the boil in combination with turmeric (4).

You Will Need
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon crushed ginger root
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the turmeric powder and crushed ginger with water to form a paste. You can also use coconut oil instead of water to make the paste.
  2. Wash your hands thoroughly and apply this paste with your fingers on the infected area. Let it dry.
  3. Wash the area after about 15 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this 2-3 times a day for quick relief.

3. Epsom Salt

Warm water is relaxing and great for sore thighs. It also aids blood circulation and helps boils erupt (5). Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) exhibits osmotic action and inhibits the growth of bacteria responsible for boils (6).

You Will Need
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • A bowl of hot water
  • Soft cloth
What You Have To Do
  1. Add Epsom salt to the hot water and mix it well.
  2. Soak the cloth in this water. Wring out excess water and place the cloth on the affected area.
  3. Leave it on until the cloth comes down to room temperature.
  4. Alternatively, you can fill a bathtub with warm water and mix a cup of Epsom salt in it. Soak in it for a relaxing experience.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this several times during the day.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a well-known antimicrobial agent. It can help kill the bacteria that cause infection in the hair follicles and restores the pH level of the skin (7).

You Will Need
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Cotton pad
What You Have To Do
  1. Soak a cotton pad in the ACV, squeeze out the excess, and place it on the boil.
  2. Leave it on for about 10 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this a couple of times during the day. Use a fresh cotton pad every time.

5. Garlic

Garlic juice possesses antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties due to the presence of sulfur-rich compounds (8). This makes it suitable to manage the symptoms of inner thigh boils.

You Will Need

2-3 garlic cloves

What You Have To Do
  1. Crush the garlic and squeeze it to extract the juice.
  2. Apply this on the boil on your inner thigh and let it dry.
  3. Do not rinse it off. Let the garlic juice work on the boil.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this 2 times a day.

6. Onion

Like garlic, onion contains sulfur-rich compounds with antimicrobial properties (9). It also contains flavonoids and antioxidants that heal and protect the skin (10).

You Will Need
  • Onion slices
  • Surgical tape
What You Have To Do
  1. Place the onion slice on the affected area and secure it in place with surgical tape.
  2. Leave it on for a few hours.
How Often You Should Do This

Replace the slice with a fresh one every few hours.

7. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is an effective home remedy for boils as it can provide relief from pain and speed up the healing process. It also possesses antiseptic properties that can combat any infection in the affected area (11).

You Will Need

Aloe vera gel

What You Have To Do
  1. Snap a leaf in half and collect the sap.
  2. Apply aloe gel on those painful bumps and leave it on.
  3. Alternatively, you can also use aloe gel bought at a drugstore on the boils.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 2-3 times a day.

8. Vinegar

Vinegar works as an antimicrobial agent (12). Lemon juice and honey possess antimicrobial properties (13), (14). Honey also acts as an emollient and soothes the skin.

You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the ingredients and apply the mixture on the boils.
  2. Wait 30-40 minutes after application and wash with warm water.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this paste 2 times a day.

9. Black Seed Oil

Black seed oil is derived from the Nigella sativa plant and has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties (15). Thus, black seed oil can be useful in treating inner thigh boils.

You Will Need

  • 1/2 teaspoon black seed oil
  • A cup of hot or cold beverage
What You Have To Do

Add the oil to the beverage and drink it. Fruit juices or green tea are the best options for the beverage.

How Often You Should Do This

Drink this 2 times a day.

10. Echinacea

Echinacea is known for its immunity-boosting properties, which enhance the body’s response to different infections (16). It also possesses antimicrobial properties that can help fight the infection that leads to boils by eliminating harmful bacteria from the body.

You Will Need
  • 1-2 tablespoons echinacea herb
  • A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the echinacea to the cup of water and let the herb steep for a few minutes.
  2. Strain and drink this herbal tea.
How Often You Should Do This

Drink 2-3 cups a day.

11. Neem

Neem has antimicrobial properties and anti-inflammatory properties (17). These can help reduce swelling and associated pain around the boil.

You Will Need
  • A handful of fresh neem leaves
  • Water
  • Gauze or bandage
What You Have To Do
  1. Crush and grind the neem leaves with water to get a smooth paste.
  2. Apply a layer of this on the boil and cover with gauze.
  3. Change the dressing after a couple of hours using a fresh piece of gauze.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this until the boil heals.

12. Potatoes

Potatoes possess antibacterial properties. Scientists have identified several compounds in potato tubers that act as antibiotics and antimicrobial agents (18). These properties may make potato a suitable remedy for inner thigh boils.

You Will Need
  • 1 small raw potato
  • Cotton ball
What You Have To Do
  1. Peel and grate the potato. Squeeze out its juice.
  2. Soak a cotton ball in the potato juice and apply it liberally to the boil. Let the boil be covered in the potato juice for a few minutes.
  3. Rinse with clean water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this 3-4 times a day.

Here are a few tips to prevent the occurrence of inner thigh boils as it is important to practice good hygiene.

Prevention Tips

  • Do not share personal items, such as razors and other such items that may have come in contact with others.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly several times a day.
  • Items and belongings, such as towels, compresses, and any clothing that is likely to come in contact with the affected area, must be washed properly.
  • Use soap, hot water, and a hot dryer while washing or rinsing your personal items of clothing.
  • Keep the wound of a drained boil covered with a dry bandage until it heals. You could also use a wide bandage to prevent irritation from chafing.
  • Keep the boil clean and dry by changing the bandages frequently.

Boils on the inner thighs can be alleviated with the help of natural home remedies. Drink about eight glasses of water in a day to improve blood circulation and reduce infection of the hair follicles. If the boils do not subside, consult your doctor to determine the underlying cause.

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