How to Make a Poultice for Removal of Splinters, Boils, and Abscesses
Make a Poultice at Home
Knowing how to make an effective poultice from basic store and cupboard ingredients is a handy piece of home remedy knowledge to possess and can also save you many trips to the doctor or emergency room. Here, we're going to look at a very simple poultice that I've been using successfully for many years to remove splinters or to bring a boil or abscess to a head, and it works a treat.
What's a Poultice Used For?
There are various types of poultices that can be used to treat a wide variety of complaints, from acne and arthritis to bruises and sprains. Some people advocate the use of porridge, carrot, bread, clay, cabbage, or herbal poultices, and many use poultices as a home remedy for their horse's ailments.
So, poultices can have many uses. Here, we'll be focusing on bringing something such as a splinter or boil to the surface for easy removal.
Essentially, a poultice will help ease out anything that's embedded under the skin such as wood or metal splinters and can also bring boils or abscesses to the surface. It's one of the best methods for an easy removal of splinters and will save you the pain of digging around with a needle trying to get the splinter out. It's an easy home remedy that everyone should know about.
The Poultice Recipe and Process
There are only a few ingredients needed to make this simple homemade poultice and, luckily, they are things that nearly everyone should have at home:
- Bar soap
- Large band-aid or bandage
- Use equal amounts of soap and sugar and mash them together in a clean container with a small spoon or clean finger. For a splinter, you'll only need small amounts of each substance, but you may need to make more poultice to cover a large boil or abscess. Just ensure you make enough poultice to cover the affected area.
- With clean hands, spread your sugar and soap poultice onto the affected area and cover securely with a band-aid or bandage.
- Leave the poultice on for 24 hours and don't allow it to get wet.
- Hopefully, when you remove your band-aid or bandage, the splinter or boil will have risen to the surface enabling you to either tweezer out the offending splinter or squeeze the boil.
- Clean the area thoroughly using water, removing any poultice mixture that remains.
- Clean the wound further with an antibacterial solution or cream and leave uncovered to heal.
If after 24 hours the boil or splinter hasn't come completely to the surface, wash away the old poultice mixture, make some more sugar and soap poultice, add to the affected area, cover, and leave for a further 24 hours.
This will, in most cases, do the trick. If not, you may want to try a specially prepared drawing salve.
First Aid Store Cupboard
While it's good to know a range of basic home remedies for common ailments, it's always wise to have a good first aid kit at home so that you're prepared for any accidents and home-treatable conditions that arise.
Some essential additions to your first aid kit and your home remedy knowledge include a good antiseptic ointment or cream, as well as an antibiotic cream.
These are a wonderful complement to your home remedies to ensure that yours or your families' cuts, grazes, splinters, burns, or boils do not get infected and have the opportunity to heal properly after you've used your home remedy.
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Questions & Answers
I have a large abscess/carbuncle on the outer labia. It is slowly leaking fluid, but hasn't opened or drained even after warm moist compresses. It's painful to walk or sit. How can I get it drained?
It definitely sounds like one for your doctor to look at. They may lance it, plus give you a course of antibiotics. Once it's cleared, have a look for an ingrowing hair. Abscesses in this region are often caused by one.
Foreign body. How do you remove if the wound has healed over?
It depends. If it was close to the surface I might use a sterilised needle to break open the skin.
If it's deeper you'll need to see a Dr to get it out.