Your skin can appear healthy when you are not. Its attention isdirected outwards, and it is up to six weeks out of touch with events inside youbecause of the time its surface layer takes to grow. This remoteness makes itparticularly easy for germs to take up unopposed residence in your skin wheneveryour immune system drops its guard.

Boils occur when your health is rallying again, as a means of banishingpus-forming germs which have taken these liberties during low periods of yourlife — colds,and other stressessuch as menstrualperiods often let them in. They may arise anywhere but most commonly appeararound your face, neck and shoulders, or on your bottom and thighs. The mostfamiliar condition is an almost continuous rash of numerous tiny dull redpimples, which rarely point and yield very little pus if they are squeezed. Theyare unsightly, but give little trouble.

Small boils like these that start in your skin commonly originate inStaphylococcus colonies lodged in your nostrils and ears, and Coliform bacteriafrom your bowel. They are always ready to take advantage of these conditions,which are very much to their liking. Fungusinfections, especially Candida,may co-exist with these or occur separately. Anyone with chronically unhealthyskin, acne, eczemaor impaired immunitycan pick up one of these microbes and carry them on the body for months at atime.

Larger boils are less common but tend to occur in crops over a period ofmonths. They may not originate in your skin at all but deep inside, from yourbodies efforts to wall off and get rid of dead, inflammatoryor infectedmaterial. These abscesses can migrate from their starting-points and surfaceunder your skin. They may appear to be forming there, and doubtless some do. Ineither case your skin inflames and breaks open to let the abscess burst. Ahealthy body will sometimes in this way shed fragments of stitching and debrisfor several years after an operation or penetrating wound.

Some people have what seems to be naturally spotty skin, without germs. Thismay be due to the staphylococcus miasm,a disturbance of skin habit resulting from an infection with the germs perhapsyears ago.

Crops of boils may begin during acleansing diet or a period of improving health and be quite troublesome formonths; they stop when their spring-cleaning effect is no longer required.Rather than be dismayed by their appearence, take encouragement from them. Whenthey pass you will be vividly aware of the great improvement in your health theyhave helped to engineer.

What to do

1. Encourage a boil to burst by poulticing it twice daily with cotton wool orgauze soaked in hot water or Calendula lotion. Handle it with dry gauze, or inthe bowl of a wooden spoon if the boil is on your face. Refresh the poulticefrequently in the hot water, for up to five minutes.

Rinse briefly with cold water, then dress the boil with gauze and MagnesiumSulphate Paste, which dessicates the skin and "draws’the boil morequickly. It runs easily at body temperature, so take precautions againstleakage.

2. Start acleansing diet, or persevere with the one that caused the boils.

3. A VitaminC supplement (preferably bio-natured or food-state) and Comfrey tea (onerounded dessertspoonful of leaf per pint of tea per day) or tablets (two witheach meal) speed up your healing and may enable you to absorb inflammatorymaterial rather than form abscesses.

Sometimes Zincdeficiency underlies a tendency to boils; try taking 15mg daily for a fewmonths, preferably bio-natured or food-state. Extend this to the full supplementsfor immunityif you suspect that your health is generally run down.

4. HomoeopathicBelladonna 12 helps early abscesses before they swell, if given frequently; Apismel 3x is better for swelling. Merc sol 6 or Silica 6 are worth trying in moreadvanced cases. Consult a psionicmedical practitioner if the problem is stubborn.

5. If you have repeated crops of small boils or pimples on your face, trymassaging a little antiseptic cream (eg Naseptin) up each nostril three timesdaily. This will weaken and eventually wipe out any colonies of Staphylococcithat you are carrying there, and the boils will stop.

We have found that prolonged generous supplements of Vitamin C (250mgfood-state three times daily) or propolis(1-2gm twice daily) are also effective ways of eradicating colonies of germsthat are hanging on in this way. They are both natural and safe antiseptics.

6. Antibiotictreatment is unwise and usually ineffective; your doctor is only likely to giveit under pressure from you. He may however, by taking swabs, be able to identifyreservoirs of Staphylococci, which can be reduced with suitable antiseptics.This is altogether more useful and safe.

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