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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,

Posted by Sophie (Shasta, California) on 03/30/2009

Regarding hidradenitis suppurativa, I am now trying the turmeric at two 400mg tablets a day, and one 300mg capsule a day. I am hopeful, and appreciate this site very much. My thought with using the capsule at least once a day is that perhaps it is absorbed better. The health food store folks say that it's not possible to determine how much turmeric is in the powder, so I'm going to do some research on this. I have also been applying "medical" grade honey to the groin area. I do this early in the morning, cover the area with a towel, and go back to bed for an hour. The honey allows for the area to drain. This is a challenge indeed, and I wear cloths in the groin area and change them throughout the day.

Posted by Bobbie (Locust Grove, Ga) on 03/08/2009

[BETTER BUT NOT CURED]  H.S. Wow, I came on here looking for answers because the Dr's sure don't have any. I used the turmeric and it really worked, it worked so well that I didn't have ANY bumps and I forgot to take the turmeric for a couple of days...... I paid for that, I got 6 bumps. I'm back on the Turmeric and they went away, so I know for sure it works, now I'm just waiting on something to cure it for good.

Replied by Suffering97
Groton, Ct, Usa
For those of you who have tried tumeric in 2009 please provide an update. Thanks!

Posted by Leila (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) on 03/07/2009

[YEA]  First, let me tell you that this site has become one of my favourites and has helped me get back in touch with my affinity for folk remedies. Thank you for that!

Yesterday evening, I tried the Turmeric Tea recipe that Anna from Union County, NJ, shared. It tasted so much better than I thought it would, it's actually delicious! I like drinking warm milk before bedtime :D
More importantly, only one large cup of this tea already reduced a boil in my armpit to half its size overnight. It also doesn't hurt any longer. I stopped using commercial deodorants about a year ago, because I kept getting awful boils under my armpits and suspected the aluminium in deodorant to cause these. Used green clay compresses, but they only work temporarily and the boils kept returning. I also get boils on my breasts - horribly painful and embarrassing.

I'm absolutely amazed at how quickly the Turmeric had an effect! Thank you, Anna, and thank you, EC!

EC: Anna's Recipe:

09/06/2007: Anna from Union County, NJ writes: "Turmeric truly is the cure for boils. I have been struggling with boils for over 10 years! I have been to countless doctors and dermatologists for this embarrassing and painful ailment to no avail. I stumbled upon this website and tried it. When I saw a huge difference in 48 hours, I cried. Thank You.

Here is a turmeric tea recipe that is truly delicious, from Yogi Bhajan, founder of the Yogi Tea brand INGREDIENTS:

* 1 tsp turmeric powder
* 4 cups water
* 1 cup milk (soy or dairy)
* 2 tbsp almond oil
* liquid sweetener, to taste, optional (honey, agave, maple syrup)

Bring water to a boil and add turmeric. Allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring to make sure the turmeric is fully dissolved. Reduce heat, add milk and oil and stir well. Add sweetener if desired and enjoy!

This just shows how we should look to Mother Earth a little more often instead running to a physician.

Also, instead of using Neosporin on those nasty things, a little manuka honey and vitamin E salve goes a long way."

Replied by Lisa
St Albert, Alberta, Canada
Question on the turmeric tea recipe - it states 4 c of water plus 1 c of milk, but others recommend 1 tsp per c of water. Would the tea have too low of Turmeric? Also, can it be stored as it makes 5 cups of liquid? I've been battling HS from before my daughter was born (2 years ago), but since I got pregnant my HS has gone into hyperdrive.
Replied by Scott
Denver, Nc
I just really want to thank you all for your comments. I started having these boils/bumps in my groin area about a year or so ago. I went to three doctors, including a wound center. None of them had a clue and all had me doing something different. Finally was sent to a dermatologist, she walked in with a book in her hand, placed it on my lap, and stated this is what you have, before even looking! So I got a round of antibiotics, and have to add 1/2 cup of bleach to a tub of water. This has helped SOME, but am going to try the turmeric in combination with the bleach baths. My research on turmeric has also revealed anti-cancer activity. I hope it works as well for me. Thank you all so much for posting and creating this site-Scott
Replied by Carrie
Detroit, MI
I'm a nurse and after seeing a few patients with HD, I know that I don't simply have"boils, " as my gyno would call them. Mind you, she's never seen mine when they were large and painful! I'll try anything

Posted by Ashey (San Diego, CA) on 01/15/2009

I have read all of your comments and I would like ask if any of you have another suggestion as to how to take the turmeric. I purchased a powered form from the local grocery store. The first cup I mixed with just warm tap water. I managed to get down about half. My second two cups I have mixed in to a cup of black tea with honey. This makes it a little better for me but I am still only able to get down about half to three quarters of the mixture. I have tried the dial soap and have a great result so far.

I was just diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa in December of 2008. I am 24 years old and have had some minor sores under my arms before but the sores that got me my diagnosis are quite painful and to be honest, they are just plain gross to me.

I would love any other suggestions to help with the open sores as well.

EC: People have reported buying gelatin capsules (quite cheap, apparently) and putting the turmeric powder into the capsules.

Here are additional turmeric recipes from our Boils page:

Replied by Lita209
Sanford, Fl, USA
Do you know where to get the capsules that you can fill with turmeric??? Thanks!

EC: Searching "Clear Gelatin Capsules" will bring you some vendor ideas:

Replied by Julie
Ellwood City, Pa
I buy my tumeric already prepared in capsules, 500mg per capsule. Is it cheaper to buy the capsules and take the time to fill them at home?

EC: Lots cheaper!!!

Replied by Lwhit
Knoxville, Tn, USA
I have been suffering from HS for a long time and had no idea what was wrong with me. I grow up seeing my mom with band aid in her arm pit and under her breast... She would always say how painful it was... Then i started to break out in the groin area as a teenager... and it wasnt that bad until i had my second child and gained 55 pounds...thats when i started to break out under my armpit... but it is just hard balls under the skin that just seem to be sore when i wear any kind of shirts... I even had a really big one on the inside of my thigh and being 8 months pregnant i could see what was going on down there and i was so painful i would cry... when i was walking strange i blamed it on the pregnancy... but im so sick of the break outs... im going to try to use Turmeric and honey... and see if that works... I know that my stage of HS isnt as bad as some of the others on this website but its is really getting to me with all the scars and pain... then pus comes out of no where, its really gross.... this website has really made me feel like there is some kind of light in the dark tunnel that i thought i was in alone...If it works i will let everyone know what worked for me and hope that helps someone else...

Posted by Ann (Hartford, CT) on 12/06/2008

[YEA]  HS and pregnancy:

I'm so glad to have found this site. This disease can make you feel so alone. But I am lucky to have supportive people in my life. I have had HS on my groin for 10 years. I was on spirolactone 10mg 2x aday for the last 4 years and had surgery 2 years ago. Things were in check until I decided to go off the meds to try to have a baby. 7 months later and I have the worse and the most painful outbreak ever and never did get pregnant. The doctor gave me antibotics and the lump went down but not alot. My lumps do not usually burst and drain. I try to get some fluid out but I barely got any this time. The fluid seems buried under the skin. I want to try the tumeric remedy but I need to know if it is safe to take while still trying to conceive. Thanks for the advice.

EC: Turmeric contraindications here:

Posted by Christy (Sydney, Australia) on 10/29/2008

Like most people on this forum, I have had the boils/lesions for over 10 years. They were originally located on my left groin, but now they have arrived on the right hand side as well.

After years of doing the rounds of the doctors - like so many people here - and trying many courses of anti-biotics (no, they don't work) I was referred to a gynaecologist by my GP. Big mistake! This isn't a "female" disorder, it's a skin disorder!

Anyway, I had surgery in July '08 to remove the lesions from both sides, and because they didn't realise I had HS, they only cut out the smallest amount and, yes, it returned - worse even - on both sides.

I have since found another surgeon who wants the infection to go away before he operates so he put me on a double-dose of strong anti-biotics. They aren't really working either and I've been on them for six weeks! So does that mean if the infections never goes away and he never is able to operate I'll be stuck with this forever? That is a terrifying thought. :(

On reading that some people have had luck with turmeric I ran out and got a jar of capsules. $60! A small price to pay if they work. Also, after hearing people recommend tea tree oil, I have bought some tea tree oil gel and hopefully that will improve things as well.

I hope and pray we all can resolve this horrible condition once and for all.

Replied by Fitpta08
Owensboro, Ky
Christy, Im sorry to hear about your situation. I have this as well. Was wondering though why you had to pay 60 dollars for a bottle of Turmeric? Here in Ky at the vitamin store for more of the organic foods and better vitamins I pay 16 for a bottle of 120 vegetable capsules 500mg.

Posted by Melissa (Jacksonville, Florida) on 10/16/2008

[YEA]  Turmeric cure for Hidradenitis suppurative: I have been taking 3 tsps of Turmeric in water 3 times a day for 29 days now. I have had Hydradenitis Suppurativa for many years. I had 2 cysts on my bottom for many months that would always be there but would flair up often. a month ago 1 of them was the size of a baseball and the other a golf ball. In much pain for a long time, i found this site. Thank God! Anyway, I have been drinking Turmeric for a month now and they are almost gone completely (except the scarring and bruising). 1 is completly flat and I can feel No bump and the other is the size of a pea now. I was wondering How Long Should I take this...Can I take it forever? Should I? Is it ok for me? Thanx in advance 4 advice.

Posted by Melissa (Jacksonville, Florida) on 10/13/2008

[YEA]  I have been taking 3 tsps of Turmeric in water 3 times a day for 29 days now. I have had Hydradenitis Suppurativa for many years. I had 2 cysts on my bottom for many months that would always be there but would flair up often. a month ago 1 of them was the size of a baseball and the other a golf ball. In much pain for a long time, i found this site. Thank God! Anyway, I have been drinking Turmeric for a month now and they are almost gone completely (except the scarring and bruising). 1 is completly flat and I can feel No bump and the other is the size of a pea now. I was wondering How Long Should I take this...Can I take it forever? Should I? Is it ok for me? Thanx in advance 4 advice


Replied by Melissa
Columbia, Sc
Hey Melissa, my name is also Melissa, I was born and raised in Jacksonville, FL. My HS started 3 years ago when I moved to Columbia SC, mainly under my right arm. Can you give me any insight as to if you have had sucess with Turmeric? Thank you.
Replied by Melissa
Jacksonville, Florida
[YEA]   Hello Melissa,

It's been awhile since I have been on this site... Mainly because the Turmeric has done miracles for me! My HS is totally under control now. Whenever I get the slightest feeling (so much as an achy lymph node) I drink the turmeric. I have not had one get any bigger than an average small pimple since. I just drink the turmeric until it is totally gone... Usually no more than 3-5 days. Sooooo much better than a whole month!! YAY Turmeric and this site!

Posted by Janet (Weyburn, Canada) on 10/10/2008

[YEA]  Tumeric for Hidradenitis suppurativia: 1/4 tsp. of tumeric taking in foods or i cup of boiling water with a little honey will shrink the lesions..and take the pain away...

Posted by Kreda (Aurora, Colorado) on 10/06/2008

I've been suffering from Hidradenitis since I was 18 (1994). But was diagnosed in 2005. It seems that I have tried everything and nothing has worked. So now, I'm taking vicadin every 4-6 hours. I've been hearing a lot about this turmeric which is making me go buy it like right now. My doctor has prescribed Cholestryamine Resin Powder that's supposed to help clear this up, but the results have been really slow. You know when you're dealing with something like this, it seems that you're never getting better. My boils burst and do not heal. They are open sores that just continue to leak pus. I will give this turmeric a shot and will advise on the status of these sores. I really appreciate being able to come to a site and be encouraged. When I was first diagnosed, I would go to sites and just get depressed because I could not find anything that would help. Whoever created this site...THANK YOU!!!

Replied by Joyce
Joelton, Tn
I also wonder if a saturated solution of ACV and epsom salts wouldn't dry your messy pustules up if swabbed with it 3 or 4 times per day. It sure dried up those deep pus filled pockets my daughter got just above her hairline at the back of her head when she was about 7 or 8 years old. I just used q tips and swabbed them out with it about 4 times a day.

I found the below information on Yahoo Answers re Vicadin... This should make everyone aware of it being a narcotic derivative and therefore addicting.

"Whats the difference between oxycodone, vicadin, heroine, and morphine?

Okay let me break this down for you so you know your narcotics and can eduacate people like I do as a pain management counselor all opiates and opiods come from the opium poppy and chemical derivites of opiums first and foremost their is morphine, what they call the gold standard in pain management. then there is codeine another drug based on opium yet totally different from morphine both are naturally occuring and can by made without synthesizing the opium. Morphine is stronger than codiene. Heroine is a synthetic bastardized version of morphine that is much stronger and much more addictive. It is made in a lab using the raw opium or morphine as a base product for production. Generally it kills by being mixed with products like baby powder lactose, and powdered sugar then being watered down boiled in a teaspoon and injected in a nasty condemned building somewhere. Heroine is approximately 16 times stronger than pharmaceutical grade Morphine, depending on how it is cut. Oxycodone is the generic name for the drug in Percocet or Percodan. Hydrocodone is the generic form of the drug found in Vicodin, Lortab, Norco and Lorcet. Both are sythetic derivitives of the cedeine molecule however "oxy" is almost always stronger than "hydro" in any situation. As for this situation oxycodone is a schedule II narcotic where as hydrocodone is a schedule III narcotic. Different fines, jail time for possesion distribution etc and the government sees oxy as as higher potential for abuse, where as Xanax,(alprazolam) a schedule !V sleep and anxiety aid, is the most addictive drug known to man, so don't get hung up on the scheduling difference, Just some medical "red tape".

So to wrap this all up heroin, which isn't pure and very scary, and not approved by any body and may be cut with rat poisin, is the strongest, however medically there is a drug called fentanyl that is much stronger that is readily available. Morphine is the most trusted and most used by all doctors world wide for pain management. there is codeine a naturally occuring derivitive of opium and if you sythesize the chemical you get the drugs oxycocone and hydrocodone in which oxycodone is stronger and more addictive. I hope this clears thing up a little bit and know you can be the expert they turnto when this question comes up in the crowd. I apologize for any spelling or grammar mistakes, spell check seems to be down."

Replied by Suffering97
Groton, Ct, Usa
Any updates on how the tumeric panned out?
Replied by Justsayin
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Kreda from Aurora, Colorado, I've been talking percocets - given to me by a friend - at night and in the morning when the HS under my right armpit really hurt. After starting my turmeric regime of (1tbls spoon twice a day in warm water) I have not touched the remaining pills. Taking the pain killers did provide me with relief but once they started to ware of, you remember why you were taking them in the first place. Being only 20y/o and not wanting to get hooked on prescription pain meds I'm so glad that I found something to actually stop my HS thus far!

I hope you'll try turmeric. Taking turmeric for the first time seemed like torture, but you feel pain relief in less than an hour, much quicker than pain med. Also the fact that it is actually helping you inside is amazing. EC has lost of recipes that people use and have great results with.

Replied by Amanda
Miami, Fl, Usa
[YEA]   You can actually apply the turmeric directly to the open sores and they will heal faster. It may burn at first, but it is dramatic how quickly they heal up when it is applied topically! I usually wet my finger, wet the boil with my finger, rewet my finger, and dip it in turmeric, and press firmly into the sore to make it stick, and then try to leave it alone.

Posted by Tempest (Tel Aviv, Israel) on 10/05/2008

[YEA]  Absolutely amazing! I started getting HS symptoms when I was 11, when it was ALL OVER my body and spent the next 12+ years jumping from doctor to doctor, diagnosis to theory, hormone supplements to diets, allergy tests to (five years on) antibiotics before I said to myself 'bad skin is not worth all this.' I have had to just put up with it for the last few years and it has seemed to be confined to certain areas (buttox, face, underarms) but a month ago it came back so viciously that I turned to the internet for help.

I found this site and the Tumeric/anti-bacterial soap solution and it worked like nothing else has! I was so amazed - I have been adding the tumeric to my cup of tea every morning, minus the milk, plus a teaspoon of sugar for taste, and it ever tastes great! (just don't chew on the powder at the bottom). It even got rid of one that has been plaguing my chin for over 3 months now (and has left a huge scar). I couldn't believe how quickly it dried up!

Thank you so much!

One question though; how long do I have to take it for? Is this a lifetime thing? Is this an everyday thing? Won't my body become used to it eventually (like so many remedies before)?

Replied by Elyana
Nes Ziona, Israel
Hi, any ideas where to get stuff as I have had this for 8 years and have just taken a turn for the worse.

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