Try these eight methods to heal a split bum crack:
Applying a warm, moist compress to the boil three times a day can help boils leave sooner and prevent boils from spreading to surrounding areas. Make sure to use a cloth that can be washed and apply pressure to ensure you are damaging the boil.
2. Antibiotic Medications
This method is used when the risk of secondary infestation and the formation of a scar is high. Antibiotic creams will heal the boils quicker. Your doctor will advise you to use the ointment two or three times daily and may adjust the strength of the ointment depending on your skin condition.
3. Tea Tree Oil
This oil has powerful antiseptic as well as antibacterial capabilities and can act against the bacterias that cause split bum cracks. When using tea tree oil, dilute it with carrier oils such as coconut or olive oil and rub it into the infected area two or three times daily until the boil is healed. It is important to do this method of treatment right because applying tea tree oil directly onto your skin can burn your skin.
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial strengths that can be either ingested or applied to the infected area through its powder. If you desire the powder method, mix the powder with water and apply it to the bum crack. If you choose to consume it, mix the powder into your choice of milk and drink it at least twice a day. Some people opt to apply it and consume it.
5. Castor Oil
Castor oil has anti-inflammatory strengths derived from ricinoleic acid. This oil is not as strong as tea tree oil so you may apply it directly to the infected area at least three times per day.
6. Neem Oil
Like castor oil, this oil is not strong. It is recommended you apply it to the infected area at least three times a day for the best results. The antimicrobial, antiseptic, and antibacterial properties will heal the bum crack quicker. Be sure to wash your hands before and after applying the oil to the infected area.
7. Compress w/ Epsom Salt
Add Epsom salt to a cup of warm water, soak a cloth in it and apply it to the boil for 15 minutes. Try this twice daily and you are sure to see healing results due to Epsom salt’s ability to dry out/drain the pus from the boil. Epsom salt is also great for relaxing.
8. Surgical Lancing
This approach is taken if you notice that the boil may be growing in size. Some boils may grow to be as big as a small-sized lemon. If your boil lasts for more than 10 days without signs of rupture, this treatment may also be recommended.
When to see a doctor
Before making a decision about any of the treatment methods, you should consult with your doctor or dermatologist. You should also consult with them if you are suffering from recurring episodes of boils so that they can make a recommendation on the best method of treatment for your skin.