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Posted by Johnner (Kildare, Ireland) on 08/04/2010

[YEA]  Suffered with HS for about 15yrs now; As anyone who has this knows.... You will try just about anything to ease the pain of it. So I've been taking one tsp turmeric powder in milk and honey for almost 2 weeks now... And truth be told... The first day I was knocking this stuff back hoping it wasn't a practical joke. You do get kinda used to the taste... I've had far worse medications prescribed!! IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!! SEVEN golf ball size boils on inner thighs, bikini area and under boobs have all come to a head and drained!!!!! I've had this batch of boils for at least 4 months; doctor useless. Told me to loose a bit of weight. I cant go from standing to sitting or even walk without wincing in serious agony. So how do I exercise the weight off?? Ridiculous!! But yesterday, I walked for miles, up and down cliffs and hills and no pain... At all!!!! Not cleared completely yet but continuing to improve. I really wish I had known about this years ago so I wouldnt be so badly scarred. Can't recommend enough... Yes Yes Yes

Replied by E.j.
Brevard, N.c., Usa
Hi Johnner, I too, have this terrible disease for over 30 yrs. After readings about turmeric on this site for HS. In the last few days of June, I started to take it the 1st of July. 2capules three time a day, (500mg)it had make a great difference in the size of my boils. Also, I was disgnose with prediabete and started to drink the AVC, 2tbs 2 or 3 times a day with veg. juice. Morning readings was 120-130, it's now about 110, and I hope to continue to go down. Love this site! Thank you EC for this great site, will be coming often! EJ
Replied by Justsayin
Toronto, Ontario,canada
@Johnner from Kildare, Ireland

Your comment really gives me hope for my HS, it popped out of know where two months ago and I'm a college student that is trying to live my life while secretly dealing with HS. I'm not as bad as some people have been stating on here, but your results give me hope. I can't wait to start my turmeric =)

Posted by Bianca (Vancouver, Canada) on 07/30/2010

[YEA]  I have been suffering from HS for over 16 years now and have only recently been diagnosed. I was happy to find out that it actually had a name but disappointed that there is no known treatment. So I checked on here and came across the recommendation of Turmeric. I immediately went and bought pure turmeric powder as well as size "0" vegetable capsules. I fI'lled 100 of them and figured I'd give them a chance. When I started about a week ago, I had three nasty bumps that were rather painful. I took 4 capsules and within an hour the pain was almost gone, I was really surprised. I kept on taking four capsules three times a day and now, after a week, the bumps are completely gone, just a dark spot left were they were. They never healed off this fast before! I have reduced the dose to 3 caps three times a day and am hoping to reduce it to 3 caps once a day over time for maintenance. So far I haven't gotten any new bumps and the older ones are all healed off. This treatment is so amazing! Thank you everyone who recommended it!

Replied by Meg
Vancouver, Bc
Hi Bianca,
I am newly diagnosed with HS and kind of depressed. I am 24 and live in Vancouver (also new to the area). Would love to keep in touch for support! Mbraun86@hotmail.com
Replied by Justsayin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
@Bianca from Vancouver, Canada

Hi, before I started taking turmeric with warm water I tired capsules that I filled myself, but nothing was happening. Once I finished the 100 turmeric capsules I made I switched to the liquid. I hate drinking turmeric soo much... But not as bad as I hate having HS. Taking turmeric in capsules form seems to being working great for you. I hope that once my HS is cleared (really close) thanks to AZO supplements, turmeric w/ lemon and salt crystal deodorant I can use capsules from then on!

Replied by Ace
Vancouver, Bc
Although I'm sure Turmeric is helpful in reducing/eliminating HS - Turmeric does not address the ROOT CAUSE of HS... to be truly cured of HS - you have to address the ROOT CAUSE.

The ROOT CAUSE of HS FOR MANY is Digestive deficiencies and FOOD ALLERGIES. Go to a NATUROPATH and get him to get you an A95 and E95 food allergy test. Once you figure out what you are allergic to, avoid that food, and this will help you address the ROOT CAUSE of the problem and will be a long-term permanent solution!

I cannot say this enough - get a FOOD ALLERGY TEST and CHANGE YOUR DIET accordingly and eat HEALTHY IN general!!!

Posted by Carolina (Margate, Fl) on 06/06/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  i was diagnosed with HS when i was 20 years old but had been dealing with it for a year already. I am now 21 and have had my sweat glands removed from my under arms shortly after they started coming out in my groin.I dealt with them for 5 months in my groin a month ago i came across this website and tried the turmeric i am in the process of healing 100 percent.i buy the turmeric in 5 pound bags for 6 dollars! in any indian market and i buy empty capsules from whole foods size 00 (100 capsules for 3dollars) and i fill them myself i take two pills 3 times a day (morning,afternoon,night) i for a long time thought i was the only one with my condition...for anyone who has gone through or has seen anyone go through this can relate when i tell you it is a pain that is almost intolerable i am so thankful for this website anyone going through it now please stay strong and have faith. there are remedies that work as long as you stick to them hopefully one day there will be a cure. until then me and my boyfriend on sunday nights will be filling up turmeric capusles lol

Posted by Beverly (Daytona Beach, Florida) on 03/29/2010

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have had HS for 23 years although in the beginning years I thought it was boils on inner thighs until diagnosed years later. I tried the gold dial soap which did nothing. I need stock in large bandaids with neosporin with pain relief as I am keeping them in business! It does give some relief on severe painful days (which are many). I next did the turmeric pills. I thought if anything takes some of this pain away it is worth it. Well after using for about 2 weeks, the pain has subsided. No I am not cured but it is now bearable and looks much better. I waited a month to post this to be sure it wasn't wishful thinking on my part. I will continue using this as the pain as I said is almost gone and is very bearable now and I have not needed a bandaid with neo on it..

Posted by Kcdober2003 (Seagoville Tx., Usa) on 02/08/2010

My friend has got me started on Turmeric. I have had HS for years. None of the doctors have been able to tell me what to do for it. My dermatologist gave me a lotion that helps, it is compounded at the pharamacy. It has talcum powder & neomycin in it. I talked to a surgeon and he told me it would probably return. Will let you know how the Turmeric works.

Posted by Tamplestiltskin (Deep In The Heart, Texas, USA) on 11/27/2009

I have been afflicted with HS for 19 years. I am what one might refer to as a "poor" person and have been for most of that time. I did not have access to alot of insurance, and when I did the results I got from modern medicine were unremarkable. Once I got pregnant the first time, my outbreaks became worse, and for the last ten years, there has not been a day where I did not have at least 10-15 bumps. Mostly I get them in the groin area, the rest are scattered around my breasts, thighs, stomach, buttocks and armpits. I've never had surgery nor never really entertained the possibility. I have had to relieve the bumps (relieve being a VERY poor choice of words) by using heat and sewing needles to pierce them myself.

Needless to say those are very painful treatments, and do very little if any good. The last doctor I saw, about four years ago suggested that because of my HS and because of other conditions I have such as rheumatoid arthritis (which I aquired at apprx. the same time)I most likely had an auto-immune disease, naming lupus as a possibility. After testing me for an auto immune disease he told me the test came back positive, however it failed to name the auto immune disease itself.

The last several years I have taken an interest in herbal and natural remedies (medicine women, etc) I stumbled upon this site quite by accident and was astonished at all the people afflicted with HS. I knew I wasn't the only one but I had no idea it could be so vast. I often feared, after my divorce that should I entertain another relationship.... in an intimate moment I might be accused of having herpes or something and in that way HS has made me insecure to a debilitating point.

I have been taking Turmeric capsules 500mg three times a day. Today was my second day. Yesterday I noticed mild relief and a subsiding of a massive cluster of bumps. I did not notice them today, however tonight they became noticeable and painful yet again. I realize that I have not taken it long enough, but I have hope and will continue to take it. I was wondering if there was a recommended dosage, I had wanted to maintain a regular dosage, but if I needed to increase it I wanted to know asap. I know that herbal remedies are not an exact science but then for that matter, based on the inability of modern medicine to combat this widespread problem, neither is modern medicine.

I plan now to go look up cures for my arthritis and can only praise this site for it's help, it's hope for the hopeless, and for it's affinity for natural ways to defend the body.

I hope that all the people who have gone into remission continue to stay that way, and I surely hope that anyone needing help and hope for this merciless disease stumbles across this place, (I know I will be spreading the word) I also hope that all of us who have yet to experience a bump free day, realize that goal very, very soon.

EC: People report some of the best results taking cheap turmeric that they bought in bulk at an international grocery store (or at an Indian or Middle Eastern grocer) and simply mixed with water. You can find a much smaller bottle of turmeric in the spice section of any grocery store, though these tend to be quite expensive compared to the large bottles of turmeric found at an international grocery store for about $3-$5.

Do read up on potential side effects from the fillers in turmeric capsules that are currently on the market. Here's our research on the subject: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/boils.html#WARNING

Replied by Sara
The Beach, Canada
[YEA]   I have been taking turmeric from the bulk store. I take 1/2 tsp in warm, not hot, 1/2 cup skim milk with 1/2 tsp of honey. I take this daily as maintenance. If for some reason, example, I indulged in chocolate (for me this is a problem) I up the intake of turmeric to 1 tsp in the mixture. I have stayed clear of boils for the better part of a year doing this regime and I recommend it to anyone with the problem. I have suffered with HS since puberty and wish I had known about turmeric from the start. Best wishes with this treatment.


Posted by Sanhaber (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil) on 10/12/2009

[NAY]  I suffer with HS for 20 years. My disese is on stage III, with fistulas. Someone with fistulas take turmeric. What are the results? I am taking for 20 days, pills 450mg dayly, and few no iprovement yet.

EC: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fistula

In medicine, a fistula (pl. fistulas or fistulae) is an abnormal connection or passageway between two epithelium-lined organs or vessels that normally do not connect. It is generally a disease condition, but a fistula may be surgically created for therapeutic reasons.

The 3 Stages of Hidradenitis Suppurativa:


HS presents itself in three stages.[2][9]

Stage Characteristics
I Solitary or multiple isolated abscess formation without scarring or sinus tracts. (A few minor sites with rare inflammation; may be mistaken for acne.)

II Recurrent abscesses, single or multiple widely separated lesions, with sinus tract formation. (Frequent inflammations restrict movement and may require minor surgery such as incision and drainage.)

III Diffuse or broad involvement across a regional area with multiple interconnected sinus tracts and abscesses. (Inflammation of sites to the size of golf balls, or sometimes baseballs; scarring develops, including subcutaneous tracts of infection - see fistula. Obviously, patients at this stage may be unable to function.)

Posted by Kygirl (Owensboro, Ky) on 09/13/2009

I dont have a cure as of yet, but I am trying Turmeric about 2000 to 2500 mg a day, plus curcumin 500 mg for my back pain another prob i have and tea tree oil mixed with peppermint oil, and thieves oil. I have Hashimotos disease which is diseas of the thyroid. It is a autoimmune disease, I think this is part of my problem. Since the glands in the groin area are part of the lymphatic system and is suppose to excrete bad things, my body is overworked by my thyroid thinking there is an affection when actually I dont have one but antibodies in my body think there is one, if this makes since. People should do more studies about the Lymphatic and Endocrine system. Now, This outbreak has been worse than others in the past. I just noticed tonight as I am changing clothes for bed that I have a new boil that has broken out lateral to the one Im trying to heal! This is heart breakening, Im scared of the outcome for the future. I feel as though I may need the surgery and if it takes ripping out the glands that are clod causing this prob then Im all for this. I dont want to worry about how Im going to fix this problem every 4 to 6 months as well as it being uncomfortable wearing my favorite pair of jeans. I went to my gynocologist and he told me not to worry about it, that it would go away, this was two years ago. Meanwhile I have seen a dermatologist and they said that this was a gynocologist issue. My family physician did make a local incision and cut out the top layer of the infected skin and stitching up. It came back within in 3 months time. I am depressed every time this happens I feel my heart sink. Ive researched and found that the stitching after the excision might not be the best ideal. They say it needs to heal from the inside out and to leave it open with out stitches. I havent completely cut out artificial sugar, coffee, caffeine products. I dont drink cokes but maybe once a week or so, and I drink coffee everyday first thing in the morning. I love to workout, cardio and lifting weights, Im not over weight like some sites suggest may be a problem. I recently this year have had alot of trauma to my body though from back problems to surgery on my thyroid to remove two nodules as well a part of my thyroid. This is saturday night and I am definitely going to my physican monday after noticing this second boil. If anyone has any good suggestions please notify me at fitpta08@yahoo.com. This hasnt been as bad as other peoples posting Ive read, but anything in the groin area is painful i dont care what. I think I would rather have Herpies simplex than to have this problem, I DONT HAVE THIS BY THE WAY, BUT AT LEAST YOU CAN TAKE A PILL THAT CONTROLS THE OUTBREAKS!!!

Posted by Laverne (Queens, New York) on 09/01/2009

Thank you for the Tumeric information I will use it. I have just had my 5th surgery for this HS condition and each time I endure the knife my recovery time is considerably longer, I wonder if my advancing age has a role.

However, I will try the Tumeric, I have tried Hibicleans, Anti bacterial soap, natural deodarant and a host of other options, I will try this and let you know.

Posted by Candace (Fort Bragg, Nc) on 08/03/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have been suffering from HS for 13 years. I have had 5 surgeries in the groin area and 11 surgeries on my tail bone due to pilonidal cyst (almost the same thing as HS, just different location). I found this site today and I went out and bought some Turmeric just to see if it works. I took 1 tablet so far and the pain went away. I also bought some of the kind thats in the spice form and "rubbed" that one my groin and I still feel no pain. I cant wait to see what happens in a week!! I am very excited. Thank you to all the people who have commented on this site and have given suggestions.

Posted by Lindsey (Seattle, WA) on 07/17/2009

[YEA]  I started taking about 1600-2000mg of Turmeric a day for my HS and within two days it started to disappear! It DOES work, but the negative side effect is that no matter what I do and how often I shower.. I REEK of curry. My sweat smells like an Indian restaurant... any suggestions for this?

Replied by Cheris
Queens, NY
I've had HS for the last 28 years in my groin, 9 years ago I had my sweat glands removed under both arms. The plastic surgent was fuly aware of HS and I have not had an outbreak under the arms since. I used to see a dermatologist who did cortosone injections into my groin and they would always go down after but then return. I also use hibiclens as a wash and benzaclin as a topical cream. This seemed to work for a while until my doctor left the practice and the benzaclin ran out. Now I am having the most painful outbreak in my groin then I've ever had before. I'm contemplating seeing the same surgent to remove the track but its extensive. My brothers also have HS and have breakouts on their face and head. My older brother is on tumeric but his are still occuring. I wonder how much tumeric I need to take and how often.
Replied by Shad
Kamloops, Bc
Chlorophyll will clean your sweat glands and keep you from smelling like an indian restaurant

Posted by icybluedge (Columbus, Ohio) on 07/13/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  I have not been diagnosed with HS but from pictures it sure looks like it. It started around my waist when I gained weight about 4 years ago (sweat). I get a lot of boils but if you use tumeric powder they will drain rapidly. My recipe is to use the regular tumeric powder one gets from an India type grocery--very cheap. Then depending on the size of the boil I mix a teaspon of tumeric with a tumeric based cream I found and make a paste. Put some of this on a bandaid and then put over the boil. It will drain the boil within a very short period of time. Instead of the turmeric cream I have also used neosporin with just as good results. The turmeric cream is also cheap---so for about 12 dollars you can eliminate these boils. I would be very surprised if it doesn't work for you.You can then redress the boil to drain it further and when totally drained you are done with the turmeric.

I also recently started taking turmeric internally by mixing a couple of teaspoons with about 6-8 ounces of tomato juice, some pepper and sometimes cayenne and lemon. Much more palitable that way. I am not sure yet if it is decreasing the boil outbreaks but the topical therapy once a boil starts really does the trick.

Replied by 110
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Hi, I am currently in stage 3 and my dermatologist suggested to me to remove my underarms sweat glands either by skin graft or derma scrapping.

May I know by removing the sweat glands are you having any complications like numbness on your hands and/or restrictions in movements?

Posted by Matthew (Lincoln, NE) on 05/07/2009

[YEA]  Good morning,

My wife suffers from HS. She has had multiple surgeries to remove large sections of her arm pits and was having constant large boils that required medical lancing to relive the pressure and pain. I read about Tumeric and using a natural based deoderant. She was skeptical at first but after my insisting she started taking the tumeric. I believe it was about 500-600mg twice a day. In addition, she started using the Natural Deoderant, and in about 2 weeks her golf ball sized inflammation was completely gone. She had the start of 3-4 more boils that had the potential to be just as large and all were gone.

Since the surgeries, my wife would have at least 2 to 3 open sores under her arms at any given time, they would just never heal. Since taking tumeric and switching to the natural deoderant they have completely healed. My wife can not remember a time when her arm pits were this clear, she is currently in complete remission of HS and able to live pain free. (And, as anyone with HS will tell you, the smell from open wounds is not that pleasent either)

I normally don't write into websites like this, but I had to spread the word about Tumeric. I don't understand what it does, but it seems to work to counteract HS from what I have read.


Replied by C.
Hello, I have suffered with this awful disease now for 10 years.

The doctors mis-diagnosed me and for years I just did what I could to get by, learning about my condition as I went. Then, finding posts like these helped me diagnose my condition and since then I have tried (without much luck) to help my doctors to help me.

The cysts I have are on the top of my thighs, multi-tract. I use Mepore dressings every day when they are draining, to help with the pain and protect my legs and clothes. I am 38 now and having this condition has stopped me doing all sorts of things, although I refuse to believe it is never going to clear up. I am overweight and weight loss does help the condition if you are heavier than you should be.

I also would say, that I try not to touch them too much for fear of spreading the condition. I don't try and pop them as I feel it makes them worse, my experience has been that they need to drain naturally, and a hot bath helps in this.

One post I read was interesting in that it referred to the nose, and the Steph (?) virus. Years ago, (pre-puberty) I had a condition that the doctor said was caused by bacteria in my nose and that had caused yellow-head spots on my legs.

The pain of HS is at times cruel, and can really make you feel withered, and worn down. I am lucky in that my cysts don't smell like some of the others described. I get the clear pus, yellow pus, the blood, the itching and the inflammation.

I am encouraged to read about the Tumeric I am going to try that and try and re-order my diet too.

My cysts are dark purple and are redder when they are active, darker as they heal. Is there anything or any advice to help them to go pale. They are such an eyesore. I have a spa afternoon coming up for a friends birthday and am thinking of all sorts of excuses not to go, dreading in case anyone notices. No doubt I will keep my robe on, if anyone has any suggestions I'd be grateful.

To all you sufferers, we are in this together, we can get better, keep posting and keep smiling, C.

Replied by Christina
I brought turmeric pills 500mg, will these work or should I buy powder? I have open wounds and had 1 surgery. I really need to cope with the pain and get rid of this. Thank you.

Posted by Jhanalyn (Greensboro, NC) on 04/25/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  I have just founf this website (thank goodness because I was running out of the pills that were prescribed to me by my doctor and I no longerhave any health insurance to get more) I just started the Tumeric yesterday. So far everytime I take it my groin area where I have the biggest problem right now starts to burn so bad and I cant move. IS this suppposed to happen is this natural. Also I have a question about taking the powder tumeric in a capsule how much a day works the best or can you take as much as you like. I really appreciate this site with some new inforamtion because I was getting to the point where I Was just goign to give up.

Replied by Zulfikar
Atlanta , GA
The Turmeric works take 3 tabs in the am and 3 tabs in the eve for a mth them make it 2 tabs 2 times a day.

Posted by Jessica (Detroit, MI) on 04/25/2009

[YEA]  I have been taking Turmeric powder for about a week now to treat my H.S. It has been fabulous!!! It's also clearing my acne as well. The taste may take a little getting used to but it's all worth it. I take 1 tsp three times a day with 1/4 cup of warm water.

Replied by Tony
Detroit, Mi
I'm from the Detroit area. Suffering as you are. I would like to know more about what you have done for help and relief. Thank you, Tonsarna@sbcglobal.net

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