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A boil, also referred to as a skin abscess, is a
localized infection deep in the skin. A boil generally starts as
a reddened, tender area. Over time, the area becomes firm and hard.
Eventually, the center of the abscess softens and becomes filled
with infection-fighting white blood cells that the body sends from
the blood stream to eradicate the infection. This collection of
white blood cells, bacteria, and proteins is known as pus. Finally,
the pus "forms a head," which can be surgically opened
or spontaneously drain out through the surface of the skin.
In boils with much swelling and redness Belladonna is the remedy
to be used in the early stages. Boils recurring in the spring also
indicate the remedy. Arnica produces a crop of boils all over, beginning
with soreness, go on to suppuration, and another crop follows. When
the boils partially mature and shrivel up Arnica is the remedy indicated.
Calcarea picrata has achieved a clinical reputation in boils.
This is a great boil remedy, and, in conjunction with Hepar sulphuris,
prescribed for the general indications of abscess will cover many
cases. It is a remedy to prevent boils. It produces inflammation
of the connective tissue, and following the boil will be a plastic
indurated and often inflamed lump, which Silicea will remove. Calcarea
sulphurica is also a remedy to remove the tumefaction of
boils. Arsenicum and Carbo vegetabilis come in boils of a low adynamic
This remedy produces a tendency to boils and is applicable to scrofulous
persons. Hughes recommends a course of Sulphur 12. Phytolacca is
said to be specific in boils. Lycopodium. Evans says the trinity
of remedies for boils is Belladonna, Arnica and Lycopodium. Berberis
vulgaris hastens suppuration in boils and prevents their
recurrence. Anthracinum is recommended
by Clarke for succession of boils, with no other symptoms to guide. Arctium lappa and Echinacea are excellent remedies with which to break up the "boil habit".
In the latter remedy profound prostration is an indication.