Turmeric works really well, I read about it for the first time while looking up boil home remedies. I had tried a bunch of ointments from the pharmacy none of which worked so I decided to try turmeric. I made a paste like the article said by adding some water to powder turmeric and applied it on the abscess. I covered it with gauze so that I wouldn't make a mess (that stuff makes everything yellow!)
I did this for three days. The first day, it didn't seem to do anything but the second day, the abscess opened up and started draining. I did it for one more day and it started healing and stopped hurting completely!
I heard that drinking turmeric while doing this makes the treatment even more effective. But there is no way I could drink turmeric, it doesn't smell very good.