Boils are an unpleasant, sometimes unsightly, reality of (skin) life. Even the word, "boil"-- sounds like something you don't hope to ever have to encounter. However, it's rare to escape life without at least some minor skin imperfections...

This skin affliction crops up when a break in skin has become infected by bacteria, usually in an oil gland or hair follicle The immune system, (just doing its job) sends white blood cells to the area, resulting in an a red, painful boil. According to Mayo Clinic, boils are most common on the face, neck, buttocks, armpits, and thighs. As the boil grows, it forms a yellowish head. This can be embarrassing, especially in visible areas, such as your nose. You can do a few things to help treat and heal a boil that's made a home on your nose.

Tips:

--Using a warm washcloth, apply a hot compress to the area several times daily. Continue every day, (even after you notice improvement) until the area is completely healed.

--Fight the urge to squeeze or open the boil. This will only prolong its life and spread infection to other areas of the skin.

--In addition to your normal skin-care routine, wash your nose regularly with antibacterial soap--this will help stop the proliferation of bacteria in the area.

--Using a cotton swab, treat the area with peroxide a few times daily.

--Lightly coat the boil with a topical antiseptic after each cleaning.

Tip

Consult your doctor if your boil last more than two weeks.

Visit your local health store and ask about natural boil remedies.

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Judith Green

Judith Green began writing articles in 2009. Green has had articles published online at eHow, and likes writing about health, food, family and relationships. Green has taken college workshop classes in language arts and writing through Ohio State University. When Green learned about the opportunity to write online, she knew this was her niche.