Risens, also known as boils, are painful pus-filled lumps that form under the skin. They form when a hair follicle becomes infected with staphylococcus aureus bacteria. They can form anywhere on the body but are most common on the scalp, buttocks, face or underarm. They are contagious. The pus that drains when a boil opens can contaminate nearby skin, but the boil can respond to a number of home remedies.

Home Remedies for Risens

Risens are infections and can be treated with any herb with antibiotic and/or antiseptic properties.

According to the book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing" by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, colloidal silver is the primary treatment for risens or boils. Silver is considered a natural antibiotic that destroys bacteria, fungus and viruses and promotes proper healing. Colloidal silver is used both topically and systemically; label instructions should be followed.

Colloidal silver is available at health food stores and other retail outlets where homeopathic items are sold.

Other treatments include garlic, another natural antibiotic. Dosages are usually two capsules taken three times per day. Garlic is not only known for killing bacteria but for improving the immune function that will increase the body's ability to fight off the infection that forms risens.

Other substances that can improve the body's ability to fight off infection include Vitamin A, a substance known for cleansing the sites of infection, and Vitamin C, which improves the immune system and serves as an anti-inflammatory.

Preventative Measures

People with risens can take other actions to clear the risens and prevent their spread.

Keep the site of the risen clean, and do not try to drain the risens. The bacteria can then spread to other areas and form new risens. Clean, warm compresses can alleviate the pain of the risens and help the risens drain. It also reduces swelling and promotes the healing process.

Treatment for Breakage

If the risen breaks and begins to drain, apply a warm wet compress. This will provide some pain relief, as well as draw the pus from the wound. Do not wipe the compress across the wound. This could spread the pus to adjacent skin and expand the area infected with risens.

Because of their contagious nature, anyone aiding in the treatment of risens should wear rubber gloves or wash their hands with an antibiotic soap immediately after touching the area of the risens.

A medical professional should be contacted if the risens don't clear in two weeks, they become painful or continue to grow despite treatment. Doctors will likely prescribe antibiotics as treatment.

Because risens are possibly contagious, some form of treatment should be applied in order to limit the spread within the body and to other individuals. Anyone exposed to another person's risens may want to wash with an anti-bacterial soap immediately after the exposure.

The best strategies to avoid risens is to keep the skin clean by frequently bathing with warm water and soap.