Why it works: Moist heat (such as warm compresses) helps the abscess drain so it heals faster.
How it works: Soak a clean washcloth in hot water. Hold the compress to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes. Do this three to four times daily until the boil or stye releases pus and heals. Be careful not to use water that is too hot, especially on children.
The self cure remedy of Apply heat for the care and relief of Abscess has an effectiveness score of 3.6 and a popularity score of 123 on the self-cure system.