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How long does hidradenitis suppurativa boils last, is this to be expected every month?

By Anonymous March 21, 2010 - 8:32pm
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Over the last few years I noticed boils, (armpits, breasts and groin area) usually a different area each month. These boils appear around the time that I would have had my periods. The boils on the groin are painful. I fear that a vein or vessel may get infected. Is there something which I could take, such as vitamins, foods, liquids?? to decrease the outbreak. I have been going through menopause for three years now, and do not care to take any hormone replacement drugs. My family doctor is aware of my condition, although I hesitate to show the boils on the groin area. What can you suggest in the line of natural threapy?

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had similar problem for one full year - thought it was menopause as only started at 37 Tried two things - cut aspartane from diet and used anti bacterial hand cleanser on skin - no boils at all this month (always with period, boils lasted 2 weeks, went then came back)

February 7, 2013 - 1:22pm
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I've had HS for about 6 years now. 4 surgeries (all under my arms), 3 antibiotics, 1 skin graft and no sweat pores under my arms, I'm starting to get them in other areas. My dr is prescribing me Accutaneanyone use that?

As far as natural remedies, zinc. Zinc DOES help. Loosing weight helps too. I'm not over weight but tried to loose 20 lbs (I was 150) and that seemed to help. Also, have your dr drain your boils. You can end up with less infections/scars/etc. just don't get surgery to remove your sweat pores...biggest mistake I made with HS. Helpful?

December 18, 2012 - 9:16pm
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I've just been diagnosed after 13 years of thinking I was just gross and feeling dirty - which I couldn't have been when I showered up to 3 times a day.
I saw a specialist who has prescribed me Oratane AND E-Mycin. I've not heard good things about HS and oratane/accutane/roaccutane so I'm basically trawling the net trying to decide what the best option is for me. Good to hear 1 point of positive feedback on the oratane, makes me a little less worried, also the comments on the e-mycin, glad to hear they have a positive effect even if only for a few. Also I've been so worried about the oratane I didn't know e-mycin had serious side effects so thank you to that poster, I'll have to start researching that too.
Good luck everyone and take care!

August 3, 2012 - 9:50pm
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i get those boils like once a month on my butt area that leave the purple gushy scars i will definatly get them checked out i actuall y have one that just poped on my butts crack it hurts so bad an it bleeds like a mofo

June 19, 2012 - 5:25pm
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I have Hidradenits Supporativa. It REALLY SUCKS. I'm only 16. And I have Had This Disease since I was 8 years old. Believe me when I say I have Tried everything there is to try. I just want it to go away. The only option I don't want to do is surgery because it won't make it go away completely. D:

April 24, 2012 - 9:03pm

From my research HS boils are caused by a hormonal imbalance. I have cured my outbreaks by drinking home brew kombucha. they completely melted away when i started to drink this healing ancient kombucha drink. I got my supplies from (link removed by EmpowHER Moderator.) i still get some around ovulation but it is not as bad as they would be without kombucha. I also noticed that i will get more boils if i eat wheat or drink wine so anything that your body may be allergic too could be affecting the boils as well. I eat all organic no processed foods and use homeopathic treatments to cure and manage my boils. I do know my grandmother had them as well so i am thinking it could be hereditary. Store bought kombucha won't work it might for you but the potent stuff is the home brew kombucha. if you have any question please let me know. I hate to see so many suffering from this and doctors really don't have an answer to cure theses boils. anything they give you will only male your immune system worse with time.

September 23, 2010 - 10:10am
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Anonymous (reply to JuliaM1868)

This is good advice. I think the boils are caused by toxins in your body- a way for your body to get them out- and hormone-related. So you have to look at what you are putting in and on your body - from cleansers, lotions, laundry soap, artificial sweeteners, gluten, sugar etc. Get back to the basics for a while. Homemade or nonpetroleum based detergents, sulfate free shampoos and soaps, little to no processed foods, etc. Something about Topamax when i was on it for migraines made me have the worst flareups EVER! Going gluten free seems to be affecting my whole body and definitely less instances. (recommend the Wheat Belly book to give you reasons to make this change.) I think yeast reduction diets and probiotics are helpful too. You have to get real and look at everything that is coming in contact with your body.

December 22, 2012 - 1:22am
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the thing about taking antibiotics is that firstly, you can't take them forever. secondly, be careful about taking anything that ends in mycin. this family of drugs are ototoxic - meaning they can damage your hearing.

July 14, 2010 - 12:32am
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I just started dealing this this horrible affliction! I have always tried to treat everything using medicinal herbology before trying prescription drugs. I read about a cure using turmeric. You can ingested through food, take supplements or apply it topically as a paste. I started taking the supplements and am pleased to say that it has helped with the pain and reduced inflammation at the boil sights. It hasn't made them go away completely but it alleviated the terrible pain associated with them! And without antibiotics! I have only had around 10 boils so far so I'm in the beginning stage so I don't know if it works for the later stages. I had a bad one in my armpit that was extremely inflamed and the turmeric supplements stopped the pain and the swelling went down but it is still there.

June 1, 2010 - 12:51pm
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i been on erythromycin for 7week now and i aint had an abscess since im not saying it will work for everyone but what you got to lose if your getting abscess. i had them for ages and they aint really nice things to have. you got nothing to lose trying thats all im saying anyways they work for me so i hope they do for you too :)

May 14, 2010 - 1:33pm
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