Get Rid Of Boils During Pregnancy
Boils (furuncle) is a skin infection caused by hair follicles, resulting in localized accumulation of pus and dead tissue. Boils are extremely painful, tender and warm lumps that are red and pus-filled. Most often these are found on the back, stomach, underarms, shoulders, face, lip, eyes, nose, thighs and buttocks. The main cause of boils is colonization by bacteria like staphylococci aureus starting from hair follicles. Other reasons are increase in the level of toxic substance in the blood due to improper bowel movement, unhealthy food style, high alcohol intake or some chronic diseases.
Boils can erupt to anyone irrespective of the age and gender of the person. Boils during pregnancy are seen in some of the cases that can be dangerous for the health of baby. Some pregnant women may suffer from boils on upper thighs, next to spine, groin areas etc., because of abnormality in sweat glands or use of infected toilets. Rise in hormones could be another reason for the boils in pregnancy. Infection and fever together with boils require immediate medical attention for the health of mother and unborn child. Research indicates that 3-5% of the women suffering from boils are likely to pass the bacterial infection to the baby genetically.
Certain facts related to boils during pregnancy are -
- Boils in pregnancy does not cause miscarriage and has very few possibility of baby being born with deformity.
- Since boils are infectious, pregnant mothers are advised to consult doctors at the earliest. Doctors take extra care in prescribing anti-biotic that are not allergic or harmful to the baby.
- Physician may go through the study of pus to know the bacterial culture and prescribe right anti-biotic including penicillin medicines like methicillin, penicillin, oxacillin, amoxicillin etc. Healthy and safe delivery of baby is secured through fruitful treatment of staph boils.
- Severe cases of boil infections are treated with surgery by making small incision at the tip of the wound, removing the puss and applying medicines on the cut part.
Pregnant mothers with boils are required to maintain proper health and hygiene to do away with boil infection.
Care needed for the boils during pregnancy are -
- Women suffering from boils in pregnancy and being diagnosed of MRSA (Methicillin Resistance to Staphylococcus Aureus) should immediately undergo treatment.
- The infected person should keep herself and her personal items isolated. Home works of other family members should be done by wearing the medicated rubber gloves.
- The patient should adhere to the prescribed medicinal dosage and medicines should not be shared with other persons or saved in case of ineffectiveness on the cure of boils.
- Patient should keep herself clean and in hygienic conditions, especially she should wash her hand after using public urinal or after the use of items which are prone to infection.
- Cut or wound should be covered with anti-bacterial poultice for restricting the bacterial entrance.
- Patients are advised not to exercise or indulge in strenuous activity in order to avoid sweating in the infected area.
- Pregnant women should go for cleansing diet for detoxifying the body, abstain from sugar and refined foods and soft drinks, eat fresh vegetables and fruits; and drink lots of clean water.
- Home remedies for boils include intake of garlic, onion, milk and cream, bitter gourd, turmeric and cumin seed; and applying parsley (ajmood) leaves, betal (paan) and margosa (neem) leaves on the boils.