Boils on the face


Boils are inflammations of the hair follicle. They can appear anywhere on the body where there is hair, but mainly occur on the face or buttocks.

Boils can be extremely painful and melt together into a so-called carbuncle. If the inflamed area heals, it usually heals with scarring. It is therefore urgently advisable not to express the boils yourself, as this usually only makes the inflammation worse.

For more information, see the main article Boils.


in the Facial area a boil can also be very dangerous. The complication a boil on the face is rare, but not to be underestimated. Depending on where exactly if the boil is on the face extreme caution required.

The boil is located in the area between Nostrils and the outer corner of the mouth, the bacteria can pass through a plexus of veins (Pterygoid plexus) Migrate towards the brain and cause irreparable damage Inflammation in the brain, such as Thrombosis cause.

The angular vein, which runs next to the nose towards the eye, can also infection Carry towards the brain. Therefore, especially with pronounced boils in this area a absolute ban on speaking hip, trendy, popular. In addition, these patients are usually admitted to the hospital as an inpatient and supplied with liquid food until the ban on chewing and speaking can be lifted again. develop fever during the occurrence of a boil for no explainable cause, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.

Causes of boils on the face

The boils are caused by the penetration of bacteria, mostly it is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus, enter the skin and multiply along the hair.

At the Hair follicle becomes a local inflammation triggered and by the body's immune system arises pus. If there is inflammation around the hair follicle, it is referred to as a boil. Why some people tend to Boils and Carbuncles tend is not exactly clarified. There are a few, however Risk factors for the development of inflammation. This includes:

  • Smoke: Patients who smoke have a 10 times higher risk To get boils
  • congenital immune disease also have an increased risk of developing boils
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Skin disorders how impetigo or Sycosis also favor the emergence
  • lack of disinfection, especially after the shave can allow bacteria to penetrate more easily by injuring the skin during shaving

Symptoms of boils on the face

The Symptoms of a boil are in the face

  • Redness of the skin (roundish shape) with a coarse lump under the skin or visible as a yellowish plug of pus
  • Swelling of the face, so at the point where the boil is located
  • Pain
  • Sensation of pressure in the skin

Diagnosis of boils on the face

The dermatologist will recognize the boil by means of Eye diagnosis. Boils fall through her typical appearance with a reddish border of a pus knot, which rough feels. The typical placesOn which boils appear are:

  • Facial area
  • Armpits
  • Nasal area
  • Po
  • Chest area

To Clarification of the pathogen a smear can be taken.

Therapy of facial furuncles

The boil is definitely in need of treatment.

Various ointments are available for the therapy of a boil on the face, mostly pull ointment is used. Antibiotics such as amoxicilin can also be given to fight the infection.

Read more about the topic: Ointment for a boil

If the boil is very large, it can also be opened surgically and rinsed out with disinfecting agents. This should always be done by a doctor and never at home with non-sterile material such as needles.

Read more on the subject at: Operation of a boil

Treatment with antibiotic

In contrast to boils in other parts of the body, boils on the face should not be underestimated. Because the big ones venous vessels of Brain (the Sinus durae matris) are very thin-walled and none Venous valves a spread infection in the face area (especially in the area of ​​the nose and upper lip) can have serious consequences. In the worst case scenario, it can lead to one Sinus vein thrombosis or one Meningitis come.

Because of this, in some cases preventive treatment with a antibiotic be useful. This depends on who is responsible for the boil Pathogen. In most cases, this is the bacterium Staphylococcus aureusagainst which certain antibiotics (e.g. Amoxicillin, Cefpodoxime) are effective. To determine the pathogen, a so-called Antibiogram can be created by means of a smear.

Continue to find Antibiotics for boils on the face as well as for other parts of the body application after one surgical opening of the boil. In form of a ointment the antibiotic can help the inflammation subside more quickly.

Pull ointment against the boil on the face

As Train- or Pull ointment are called ointments, which one anti-inflammatory, circulation-promoting and pain reliever Have an effect. At the same time, they encourage activity white blood cells and decrease the Sebum flow. The main substance responsible for the effect of the ointment is that Ammonium bituminosulfonate, also Ichthyol called. This is obtained from shale oil.

On the one hand, train ointment seems to be the Spontaneous opening of boils and abscesses, on the other hand, is described as promoting the skin in the area of ​​application softensso that the boil matures faster and it is easier for the doctor to open it. Pull ointment is used not only for boils, but also for other skin diseases such as acne, psoriasis and eczema. Even with sprains and osteoarthritis, the application of pull ointment can be helpful.

In addition to the pure ointment as an application form, pharmacies also have pull ointments band Aid available. During the pregnancy and Lactation should be done before applying the ointment Consultation with a doctor being held. In addition, allergies to draft ointment can occur.

Home remedies for boils

Chamomile tea has an antibacterial effect on the skin.

boil are a common problem that preoccupied us many generations. Because of this, there are a number of different ones Home remedies to treat boils. Almost all of them are largely based on the effects of warmthshowing the boil swelling so that it finally breaks open. At the same time, heat promotes blood circulation and inflammation and thus contributes to the maturation of the boil.

The heat can for example in the form of repeated with hot chamomile tea soaked Compresses be applied. Chamomile tea has an additional effect antibacterial. Also Fennel tea has an antibacterial effect. Will be happy too milk or bread soaked in warm milk used for applying to boils. Finally, it is still recommended Propolis in the form of a tincture or cream. This resinous mass made by bees works both antibacterial and antiviral, as well as antifungal (against fungi).

Shows up through the use of home remedies no improvement of the boil, should Consultation with a doctor being held. Boils in the area of ​​the nose and upper lips in particular can have serious consequences.

Homeopathy for a boil

As with most other diseases, there are a variety of homeopathic remedies that are offered for the treatment of boils of the face and boils in general. On this subject, however, it must be said that to date there are no meaningful studies on the effects of homeopathic remedies in general. The theoretical foundations of homeopathy (such as the principle of potentiation) even contradict current chemical and physical knowledge. At the same time, the homeopathic remedies offered are not regulated by the currently applicable Medicines Act, but are subject to their own, scientifically unjustifiable regulations.

Boils are often drained Myristica sebifera offered. If the skin above the boil is warmed up, naturopaths recommend Belladonna; if the pain is sharp, Hepar sulfuris can be taken. Further homeopathic preparations for the treatment of boils are Silicea and Traumeel® tablets.

If there is no improvement in the boil after use, you should (as with other home remedies) consult a doctor.


Depending on Risk profile and hygiene the prognosis is good, so that boils not or at least rarely recur. In risk patients should paid close attention to hygiene are around renewed inflammation to avoid.