I posted about this originally in 2013 and as its now 2022 I wanted to add that I have followed my own advice to take omega-3 oils (specifically flax seed oil) every time a boil has tried to build and it always resolves quickly. It has worked consistently for me and as long as I make sure to take flax seed oil capsules regularly I stay boil free. (I was diagnosed with hydradenitia suppurativa.)
I have several auto-immune conditions, one of which is Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I manage all of them by monitoring my diet. Over the years I have found several things to ease the HS but by far the best was just avoiding nightshades and other trigger foods. I found citric acid to be especially problematic. It was no fun avoiding my favorite foods like mashed potatoes or tomatoes, but I did so in order to achieve clear skin. Then one day I came across an old book called, "The Ultimate Healing System" where the author mentioned something I hadn't heard before. The author stated that if someone has a "sensitivity" to a food, there is usually an antidote for it, which is typically a deficiency. Meaning, that the "sensitivity" would be reversed if one corrects the deficiency. So I began to focus instead on making sure I was consuming all vitamins my body needed. I am unable to take anything, not even supplements, on a daily basis otherwise my body tends to become sensitive to that item.
So I started with taking a B complex supplement that contained about 100 mcg of B12, every other day (making sure to take only supplements with limited amounts of "extra" ingredients). I saw some improvements in my overall autoimmune symptoms. But when I went to get my B12 levels checked with my doctor, they were found to still be in the 400s range, which is not optimal at all. He recommended I take a higher B12 dose.
So I purchased a B12 supplement that contained 2,000 mcg per capsule. I began take 3 capsules per week (one on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays). I continued with my regular B complex on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. A couple weeks after beginning this regimen with the added higher B12, I noticed I was no longer breaking out at all. I tested this by going for Mexican food and had enchiladas drenched with tomato sauce. No reaction. A few days later I ate mashed potatoes. Again no reaction. Since then I have eaten nightshades so many times with no reaction! The HS was gone!
I decided to stop the B12 for a week to see what would happen when I ate nightshades. The breakouts returned. I started the B12 again, and my skin cleared pretty quickly. I googled to see if there was a connection between B12 and HS and I did find one small study where someone's HS was cleared with higher doses of B12.
Anyway, I wanted to share this to hopefully help someone. Raise your B12 levels and other vitamins and minerals to optimal levels and you will see a marked improvement in your symptoms.
I usually try to take a 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric in some orange juice or other juice 2x a day when I have an HS outbreak. My HS is located in my pelvic region and I've been dealing with it for roughly 14 years. I began making a turmeric mask that I found for my face in hopes of lightening the dark marks that I have from facial acne.
The mask consists of:
- 1 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- and enough yogurt to make a paste.
These are just guidelines and the amounts can be adjusted as you see fit, and flour may be substituted for yogurt. My HS hadn't been as bad lately and I only had 3 lesions that were about a dime size each that seemed to be connected.
I decided to apply the mask to my bikini area to try and lighten the darkness of the scarring I had obtained over the years from HS (I had an upcoming vacation). I left the mask on for an hour and then washed it off in the shower. I noticed that the lesions were not as irritated and painful. I left the area open over night and the next day when I got in the shower the lesions began to drain and were half the size! I let them air dry again and repeated the process later that day (this WILL sting for a bit on the open lesion, but I have a high tolerance and wanted to test it again so I didn't mind).
I let it air dry again overnight and the next day they were completely flat and the skin started to heal. I repeated the masks daily for a week and the skin healed up quite beautifully and the scarring didn't seem as bad.
I'm not sure if you will have the same results as I did, but it is worth a try if you are in pain or the lesions are quite large.
I was experiencing a horrible auto immune condition called HS (Hidradenitis Supperativa). Very, very painful and debilitating.
I decided to try the borax protocol to attack the autoimmune condition. In six weeks all symptoms of my condition had disappeared and it is 10 months later and I continue to be healed. I now drink borax water once or twice a week. I drink 1/4 tsp in the liter of distilled water once or twice a week. I give 1/4 of the above mentioned dilution to both my children once or twice a week. My Mom has been drinking it daily for 9 months (after seeing my amazing results) due to a number of health afflictions, and has skin growing on her legs where she has had open wounds for 30 years from a recluse spider bite. My coworker drinks the above mentioned dilution daily and has had a significant reduction in her rheumatoid arthritis pain. In fact over the winter she was shocked to 'notice' she was barely hurting in her hands at all... I was desperate for answers when I tried this and I'm so glad I did.
Decide for yourself, trust your instincts. Good luck.
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