Gavin (Manganui, Northland, New Zealand) on 04/10/2013: Im reporting back on a boil that ive had reacuring on my back since last sepember, it flared up again so for three days I began putting a blob of coconut oil on a dressing and pushed it into the boil and left it there for twenty four hours, Then changed the dressing, every twenty four hours thereafter.. The third day I put some Apple Cider Vinegar on the coconut oil, it absorbed a certain amount, and used this for the next seven days, I knew the Apple Cider Vinegar was in the coconut oil because the bloody discharge although just a spot or two was black, (it turns blood black).. After about ten days. (Yesterday) the area was flat and no discharge, in fact it looks normal. I'll keep it up for a few days longer just to be on the safe side. The coconut oil by itself seems to work but the Apple Cider Vinegar is a logical boost, as it cures so many things on the surface. I think the coconut oil acts as a carrier for the acv. But it needs a few days constant application to work its way down to the root of the infection.
I dont know whether this was HS but the symptoms seem to sugest it was. If any one seems to get a recuring boil it might be worth a try and would be greatfull for another person reporting back on its efficacy.
The dressing was just clean absorbent toilet tissue, with eclectric tape top and bottom with a strip down the middle to stop the oil coming through onto clothing. Changed every 24 hours.