I have suffered from HS since I was about 11 or 12 years old and I am now 47. Back then, my mom thought I was allergic to deodorants because I would get these large cyst like boils on my armpits. If two or three cysts were close enough, they would combine into a mass. It was very painful and also embarrassing. Like others, they would eventually erupt and drain puss. Sometimes it would take a while for the open boil to close back up. It got so bad with one armpit, I had surgery to remove the sweat glands! That gave me relief for several years. Fast forward to my late 30s, I learned this condition had a name! I began getting the HS cysts in my pubic area and between my buttocks treated by dermatologist with prescription creams and for especially stubborn cysts, painful shots in this sensitive area. I was miserable. By age 40, I underwent surgery to remove a HS large cyst that would not heal on my panty line. Around age 45, I fell in love with a curry chicken salad recipe and began making it. Eventually, I noticed that when I ate curry, it seemed to calm the HS. I did some quick online research and learned that turmeric (which is in curry) is an anti inflammatory. I began taking it a few times a week and have been so happy to have found something natural to help with this. I only wish I knew sooner.
It is interesting to read so many of you here who are like me! I have suffered with HS for as long as I can remember(at least 12 y/o) and I'm now 41. My daughters both 19 and 17 experience breakouts as well so its safe to assume that it could be hereditary. I have taken turmeric for other concerns (fibroids) and never really made the connection that my flare-ups were not as bad when I was taking the turmeric supplement (only 1x day). Now hearing you all and the amazing stories that you have about less flare-ups with consistent use, I'm now going to be more consistent. I will be sure to come back and update.
About me: I have the nickel size boils under one of my arms which does nothing but drain for the past year. I have multiple ones at my panty line which go from really intense stinging to intense itching depending on the day. I am vey excited to try the turmeric salve (turmeric, coconut oil, evoo, black pepper and tea-tree oil) at night and more dosages of the turmeric (at least 4x a day). I'll report back in about a month to let you all know the results!
It is interesting to read so many of you here who are like me! I have suffered with HS for as long as I can remember(at least 12 y/o) and I'm now 41. My daughters both 19 and 17 experience breakouts as well so its safe to assume that it could be hereditary. I have taken turmeric for other concerns (fibroids) and never really made the connection that my flare-ups were not as bad when I was taking the turmeric supplement (only 1x day). Now hearing you all and the amazing stories that you have about less flare-ups with consistent use, I'm now going to be more consistent. I will be sure to come back and update. About me: I have the nickel size boils under one of my arms which does nothing but drain for the past year. I have multiple ones at my panty line which go from really intense stinging to intense itching depending on the day. I am vey excited to try the turmeric salve (turmeric, coconut oil, evoo, black pepper and tea-tree oil) at night and more dosages of the turmeric (at least 4x a day). I'll report back in about a month to let you all know the results!
I've had HS for 7 years. It appeared when I was 14 and has been going through flare ups and remissions ever since. From what I have read, I have a mild case; one reoccurring boil on the groin area, which has slowly created tracks under the skin. I have had surgery twice, both times have failed to prevent it from reforming, and the scar tissue is pretty ugly. Nothing has cleared up the boil like turmeric has. I am currently recovering from a flare up that lasted months. The boil would be draining constantly and it made it very hard to even walk to classes. I went on this website and read about taking turmeric and immediately fixed myself a glass of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of the stuff. I added agave and it went down alright. I also mixed some into a paste and applied it topically for the day and put down a panty liner to keep it from staining my clothes. To be honest, it burned like hell. I tried to do the same thing the following day but the smell and taste of it nearly made me gag and I couldn't make it through the whole glass I prepared. I went to a local health food grocery store and bought some turmeric capsules instead and have been taking them for 6 days now along with my daily dosage of 40 mg of zinc which I have found helps a bit too. The boil has completely healed. The swelling and pain are gone and it's almost the same color as the surrounding skin now. There's only a bit of itching from the healing now but even that has gone down over the course of the day.
It's true! No hoax or scam! I was diagnosed with HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa) in March and was immediately put on antibiotics to treat the condition. The symptoms would go away while I was on the treatment but would come back as soon as the antibiotics ran out. Between March and June, I was on 4 different types of antibiotics but the painful bumps still kept coming back on my underarms and tummy. Before my follow up doctor visit (to get a new prescription),
I came across this site and tried the tumeric treatment the very next day. I mixed turmeric with water to form a paste and used it topically before bed. I also drank a half teaspoon of tumeric in warm water as others on the site suggested.
It has been just under 2 weeks that I've been doing the tumeric treatments and I now have no bumps left. I have no plans of going back to the dermatologist because tumeric is super effective for me. Thank you very much for sharing and helping out others who suffered with HS. You guys are the real MVP's!
Santa Ana, Ca
Chesapeake City, Md
Hey guys, I want to just say thank you so much!!!!
I hope that everybody with HS can find this site, when you cross the doctor you will find only no hope!! So sad...
I used two spoons of curcuma per day in warm water, just drink it, not tasty but after two three month your problems are gone! Sun is shining and you have a smile on your face!
East Sussex, Uk
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 have had HS (self diagnosed) for a few years in the groin area, on the knicker line. The latest boil with tunneling was about 4 inches long and painful and seeped pus and/or blood daily, and I guess I've had it for about 5 months, with it being worse around my period. I started taking turmeric 9 days ago - 2 X400 mg tabs at breakfast and 2 X 400mg with evening meal along with one tab of zinc. I also have been using drops of tea tree oil topically. I have to say, the swelling has gone down by at least 50% and there's little seeping or pain. I also have started using other supplements (at same time) to lose weight so can't rule out dietary influence. Whatever it is, it seems to be working so far! It's not gone completely but going to carry on and see how I go!!
Grants Pass, Or
Where do I begin? I have had Hidradenitis Suppurativa FOR THE LAST 3 years ... It had devastated my life until I found the magical medicine right in my cabinet which was overlooked for years .. Never too late .. I read posts here and started drinking turmeric water 2 times a day... Results: IT WORKS.. I just wished I had used it earlier on.. I have stage 1.. I tried everything under the sun.. Diet, topical application and birth control pill etc.. It does work temporarily but if you discontinue and if you are not religious about it returns ..
What I did for my HS is I just took 3/4 - 1 Tablespoon of turmeric and added t to 5-7 oz of warm water and just drank it (gulp it, better that way) for 2 times a day. I continue to do so. I couldn't believe the inflammation is gone, literally flattened, and as others have said here it acts fast and all am left with is scars which I plan to clear out through bio oil and coconut oil ? I have never felt this confident in years. Try it out today. I used organic home grown and home ground turmeric. Good luck.
YEA turmeric for Hidradenitis Suppurativa! ! I have been using the 2 tablespoons with 1/2 cup of water everyday. Noticeable improvement. I have been diagnosed and have been on antibiotics for years. I stopped taking them because they didn't work. Dermatologist even looked at it once and said it looks like it hurts. What a jerk. I'm very grateful for this site. Life changing. Thank you!
My son is 17 years old and his been suffering from HS [Hidradenitis Suppurativa] for 2 years. None of the antibiotics are helping. His scalp is eating him alive besides the boils he is getting. They just finished surgery on his backside and left him disfigured. No buttocks and a 20 inch scar starting from the anus upward. The doctor mentioned this was one of the worse cases he has seen. As a mother, I am heartbroken for my son. I ran across this page and now I have hope. I started him on the tumeric pills plus other remedies I read. I most certainly will be upgrading and monitoring him so that I may share this and perhaps help someone else.
Augusta, Georiga, Us
Suffer from Hidradenitis.. I started taking turmeric about a month ago. GREAT results. My multiple boils all began to weep dramatically and then nothing. I have applied tea tree oil to them and finally after 6 months of having open sores under my arms they are closing!!! Felt a boil under my arm yesterday and today it was so painful. Opened a turmeric capsule and made a paste with some water about 10am... Its now 12:50pm... just noticed that it is pain free and draining under my bandage.
I am a 23 year old male, about 35 pounds over my ideal weight. I have had HS for over 5 years now. I used to have it on the area above my penis and the doctor diagnosed it as carbuncles and gave me antibiotics. The antibiotics took a week to show signs and I only got mediocre results. A month or 2 after the antibiotics, the sores returned. The lesions migrated around my crotch and buttocks for awhile before finally coming to rest between my legs. During a flare, my crotch looked like a war zone, not to mention the pain and oozing and bleeding. When I wasn't flaring, it still looked bad down there. This has played a huge role in my sex life, or should I say lack of. Its hard explaining to friends and family why I dont ever have a girlfriend, or even try to meet girls. It made me depressed, I became sedentary and smoked a bunch of marijuana (to medicate the depression), played video games, ate and gained weight. This WAS my life.
I started taking turmeric about 2 weeks ago for Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Only hours after taking the first dose (2 tbl spoons in 1/2 cup of water) I noticed about 50% improvement! I was astonished, and was extremely encouraged to take successive doses. I have taken it twice a day for over a week now at a lower dose of 2 teaspoons per 1/2 cup warm water. I would say that now I am 90% better looking down there, with the last few stubborn lesions shrinking and on their way out. Today I picked up the turmeric capsules ($12 for 60) and will be taking them (500 mg/day) from now on.
I am also now taking ACV for weight loss, to raise my pH, and to lower my blood pressure. I highly recommend looking into ACV for the aforementioned ailments. I noticed a drop in my blood pressure after 1 day, I just felt so much healthier.
This site has changed my life, I feel like a completely new person and am forever greatful to this site and its contributors. In a month or so I will be in better financial health so I plan to make a donation to the site. Thank you so much!
I wanted to thank the creators of this site and its contributors so much for all the helpful information I found on here. I've had HS for years and always felt as if I was the only person who had this. It was actually just last year when I found out this was HS and not some mystery disease. Unfortunately there is no cure. I've seen different doctors who just didn't know how to go about dealing with this disease. I didn't want to go in for another round of antibiotics, or expensive injections at an expensive dermatologist, so I decided to go the home/organic remedy route. I'm so thankful to have found this site.
I had a really bad flare up last night, a very large and painful boil. It was very difficult for my to walk or sit, and I could only lay on one side of my body in bed, to keep pressure from building on the boil. I drank a mug full of hot water with 1/2 teaspoon turmeric and crushed black pepper. When I woke up this morning the first thing I drank was half cup of hot water with black onion seeds. Then I drank the turmeric and black pepper in hot water again this morning at 6 and 11:30, and the swelling and pain have gone down considerably. It's nasty but it works! I will drink it again at 4 pm and 10 pm. My mother has been telling me about drinking milk or water with turneric for a long time now, I don't know why I never listened! Mother really does know best!
I've noticed that sugar and coffee is the only main thing that causes these boils for me. I need to lose weight as well. It may not be everyone, but I've been doing my own research on this disease and have seen that a lot of people dealing with HS are overweight or obese.
hello everyone ive had HS sense I was 12 as well im 21 now I was scared cause I was molested and I thought it was an STD but thank god I got over that and went to a doctor and I was dignosed but ever sense then it has changed my life and I felt like so not normal...!! But ive been looking into natural remedies cause all the anitbiotics docs perscribed none of them worked and I dont want surgery!!!!
So I looked at this website!! Saw that tumeric was working for people!! So I tried it and it works but breakouts come and go!! Because of stress and weight gain or eating unhealthy!!! But it dose work in pill form or just as a paste or in a tea!!! As well keeping clean and dry... My boyfirned is alright with it but sometimes I dont feel pretty but keep your head up try all the natural remedies you can im sure one will work!!! Dont be afriad to talk about HS it dosent make who you. Just goes to prove were strong and we can make it better for us and our friends who have it!!!