Hidradenitis Suppurativa
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Turmeric for HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa)

Apr 24, 2017

Turmeric for HS

As a particularly progressive condition, it is often difficult to find a treatment that works effectively for hidradenitis supparativa. However, we have discovered a new treatment that will help you get your life and mainly your healthy skin back. Turmeric is an age-old medical treatment that has been used for treating a number of different conditions and is just as effective for treating HS.

What Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as HS, is a chronic skin condition that is related to acne. However, the condition is typically considered inverse acne. The condition is characterized by the presence of pea- to marble-sized lumps that form beneath the skin. The lumps typically form in areas in which the skin rubs together such as the armpits, groin, between the buttocks, and under the breasts.

The condition can be particularly painful and even embarrassing. Lumps are often painful and eventually break open draining a foul-smelling puss. The condition often begins after puberty and progresses or worsens with time.

How Does Turmeric Help?

One of the most important factors for treating HS is early diagnosis. The sooner the condition is identified, the sooner it can be treated. In any case, however, turmeric is an effective treatment option. The spice functions to naturally eradicate the underlying cause of the condition and to soothe and heal the skin.

How turmeric works:

Turmeric is a potent spice with powerful medicinal properties. Turmeric contains an active compound known as curcumin. This compound functions as an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial agent as well as a regulatory compound. As such, turmeric relieves the inflammation associated with HS, helps to eliminate any associated bacteria, and balances the hormones in the body to successfully treat the condition.

How to use turmeric:

Turmeric is used as an internal treatment. While you may prefer turmeric capsules, you can also simply take 1 teaspoon of powdered turmeric in 1/4 cup of water three times a day. You may also want to try diluting the turmeric in warm almond, rice, or regular dairy milk.

Keep reading below to for tips from our readers who successfully used turmeric to heal HS boils.

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Posted by Laurel (Richmond, Va, Usa) on 11/01/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Swati
Rourkela, Odisha
1 out of 5 stars

Hi, I know you may not be knowing me but I need your help badly. I do suffer from HS since last 5 year. I am just 17 and my mental condition you can understand well. I have them on both of my armpits, they are big lumps, one open wound is there which has not closed since last 4 years. Always puss is coming from both the arms, it do smells bad. I was diagnosed for HS 1 year back. I ate a lot of antibiotics but none of them work. Now I am applying turmeric paste on it, eating turmeric balls. I started doing this since last 3 days. But there is not a single stage of healing. I need some tips some suggestions. Please please please please........

Replied by Marquita


I have suffered from HS for over 10 years. I was prescribed antibiotics for years and always ended up with a terrible yeast infection. Then I was prescribed medication for that... and so on.

Last years, I researched yeast infections and found out it was an overgrowth of Candida. I bought a bottle of a liquid that fights multiple strains of Candida (not sure of I can say the brand) and was surprised it helped alleviate some of the pain and smell of my HS.

I clean my affected areas a few times a day when I have drainage. I use an antibacterial soap to clean the affected areas, dab small amounts of tea tree oil and aloe vera to the entire affected area to help heal any wounds, then cover with gauze and wear looser clothes.

In addition I take Vitamin C, Turmeric and drink roughly 80 fl. oz of water (half my body weight) daily. My wounds usually start to heal within a few days, I don't have a lot of new flare ups and I experience a lot less pain.

Also, if you are already doing a similar type of wound care you may need to see a doctor/dermatologist to see if they can help refer you to a type of wound care expert.

I really hope some of this helps.

Posted by Elle (Bridgetown, Barbados) on 07/06/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Eso
Santa Ana, Ca

Hello all.....so so grateful to come across this site. My daughter has been suffering with HS for 9 years and is only 18yo. They want do surgery but I am, of course, scared about that. We have been on antibiotics oral and creams and are frustrated at the results. Can anyone please tell me why you drink the Turmeric as opposed to just taking the capsules. Capsules just seem easier. Thank you!

Replied by Theresa
Chesapeake City, Md

Avoid surgery if you can. There is no guarantee that it will not come back. My daughter had surgery on most of her groin area on both sides and the HS returned to the same area. Since two doctors had no idea what it was, I researched skin conditions and diagnosed it myself. Many doctors and dermatologists we visited have heard of it, but do not treat it. There is a website that offers great support for those suffering from HS. My daughter is 36. She is embarrassed and self conscious. I've seen how debilitating it can be. It has controlled her life so much so that she has not dated in 17 years. I've tried to tell her that maybe she could meet someone with HS through the website. I wish your daughter well.

Replied by Jim

I'm fairly certain HS is caused by a food allergy; and that if you can find out which food you are allergic to, the problem will vanish. Food allergies cause so many organ problems, and your skin is the biggest organ you have and will typically be sending you a message by these odd and painful signs. Strike wheat, dairy, sugar and spices (like cayenne) and potatos/starchy foods from your diet for two weeks. See if the nasty bumps go away or diminish. If you see improvement (and you should), then introduce one of the food agents back for 3 or 4 days.

Replied by J
New Town

I just had to say, I'm 18, and have been dealing with this since I was as young as 13, and never said a word to anyone or even my doctor because I had no clue what it was and thought it was life threatening, and it scared me more than anything in the world. Reading what all of you guys had to say and how efffctive it is, honestly brought tears to my eyes. During the summer to this day, I didn't even like to go swimming because my inner thighs make me soooooo insecure and I'm always worried somebody is gonna think that there is something wrong with me. You guys just made me realize 5 years later of living in fear, that I'm completely okay and maybe even be able to enjoy and be confident about my body(: can't wait to give this a shot. Thank you more than words.

Posted by Ctirad (France/Czech Republic) on 06/21/2016
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Debby
East Sussex, Uk

Thank you for posting this. My daughter has just been diagnosed with this and will try what you have suggested. Was your case very mild?

Posted by Ar (Philadelphia, Pa) on 05/10/2016
4 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Lisa
Tampa, Fl

What a relief this read this. I have been dealing with HS for about 10 years and just over the last year it has traveled down south, bikini area and buttocks. I thought the armpits were bad, this is 10x worse. it's embarrassing and how do you get intimate with someone? It's horrible, I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.

I just have tons of scarring and lesions in the armpits, those are pretty much non-draining for the most part. However, a great thing to use are Telfa pads. They are used for burn victims and I get them with adhesive tape on them. The 3x4 size is perfect (I get them from amazon - cheaper than a pharmacy) for my armpit area, but the scarring will never be gone. It's now beyond my armpit. I have to be careful at the beach and with certain types of shirts. Forget ever wearing sleeveless anything from now on.

The southern area is so bad now, it's just awful. drains all the time, stains your underwear. I am constantly spot treating them to try and get them to last. Grandma's spot remover (found at Hobby Lobby) works great if you get it on the stain ASAP. It's horrible, as I said, but I find that using folded paper towels works best for absorbing drainage as a telfa wouldn't work in this area. Saves you from embarrassing wet spots or stains.

I am SO going to do the turmeric, paste and pills bring it on. I am going to be 50 and this is the most horrible thing ever. I have seen so many doctors from plastic surgeon, infectious disease doctor and a open wound specialist. There is NOTHING they can do about HS. NOTHING! It's a medical mystery I was told. they know what it is, but they do not know why. So it's hard to treat. Lucky Me!! NOT...

Posted by Kazzy (Uk) on 03/01/2016
4 out of 5 stars

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!!

Replied by G
South Carolina

Turmeric for HS

I recently started taking turmeric for inflammation due to autoimmune thyroid disease. I have had several infected lumps/cysts and ingrown hairs in the bikini area over the years. Lately these have become quite frequent. Could the antibacterial nature of turmeric be drawing these to the surface?

Replied by Cml
Grants Pass, Or

Hidradenitis suppurativa: I have had boils my entire life, starting from two days after birth when I had surgery to remove a cyst. I got maybe one every couple of months until I hit puberty, then it was monthly.

As I've aged, it has become worse (I'm 45 now). I am so tired of fighting these things, especially after my last one. I had one in my armpit which has been there for years and comes and goes, depending on its mood; I have a lot of those types and the scars to prove it.

This time around, it swelled up to the size of an orange (not uncommon for me), but would not drain. I tried everything and after 2 weeks I finally went to the doctor. They gave me antibiotics without any improvement, so I went back to have it lanced open. It stunk so bad that one of the nurses ran out of the room, gagging, which was so embarrassing. They tested the puss and it came back positive for MRSA, so more antibiotics. It has been over a month since then and it's still there, just harder and smaller. I know it will come back because I am already starting to flare up in my other armpit and under my breast.

I stumbled across the turmeric posts on this site and immediately downed some turmeric. I am hoping with everything that it helps. I am so scarred up EVERYWHERE and tired of having no life because of them. Salud!

Replied by Alexandra

Please do some research on auto-immune disease. You will discover that its hereditary. Most of us had tonsillitis as children. All skin conditions stem from an auto-immune disease. Scientific research will explain that the cause comes from eating grains and dairy. Nightshade vegetables should be off limits. Any processed sugar and oils other than olive and coconut should be avoided. Please do some research.

Posted by Truffles (Houston, Tx) on 12/14/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Truffles

Just an update.

Along with the use of turmeric, I have completely reversed the appearance of boils. What I noticed was eliminating gluten (in the US, everything we buy has gluten except fresh produce and other fresh ingredients). I changed my diet, went gluten free and vegan. Also all the produce I buy is all organic (USDA approved). I stopped eating out on a regular basis, even if I eat I am very aware of what is going in to my body. Please read the "ingredients" before you buy anything from grocery store. Eat fresh and switch to organic produce as much as possible. Trust me guys it has definitely help me. It's worth giving a shot :) good luck.

Posted by Lance (Nashville) on 02/04/2014
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Jody
Lincolnshire, Uk.

How long did it take to work?

Posted by Rubanant (Cottonwood, Az, USA) on 02/02/2013

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.

Replied by Bettyboop
Augusta, Georiga, Us

Rubanant from Cottonwood, Az, I understand your son's pain. I am a 22 year old female who has suffered with HS since I was 11. I hit puberty early (age 9) and received my first boil in the middle of my breasts. Since then, it got worse and progressed. I was not diagnosed with HS until I was 14 and had my first surgery at age 16. Since then, I have had 8 surgeries and about to have my 9th in May. With that being said, I had multiple areas done with each surgery, resulting in many scars and a lot of healing time. It is difficult to deal with the pain and even with having surgery, it is not 100% that it will not come back. I also have issues with not healing and that leads to having another surgery. I have done much research and every doctor I have seen (infectious diesease, surgeon, wound care specialist, dermatologist) has said that my case is the worst that they had seen and they are amazed that I am able to do the things that I do. I am in college and has managed to win awards for academic acheivement and stay on Dean's List and school is what keeps me going. My parents have been very supportive and I just encourage you to reassure your son to think about the positives and that you will always be there for him. I know it can be hard to see your child go through so much pain because my mother in particular had broken down one 2 occassions but I manage to stay strong and look ahead. I've had my entire left and right side of the groin opened up, left open for about 2 weeks and then skin grafts put on it, underarm completely excised and left open (looked like a shark took a chunk out of my underarm) and this took 1 year and 1 month to heal. I definitely know his pain and hope that he can find something to focus on to be his motivation.

Posted by Nottoday (Washington, Dc) on 07/26/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Aaron (Raleigh, Nc) on 06/09/2012
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Melissa

I would really like to say a huge thank you for sharing your story and advice about HS. I have struggled also since puberty, I am now in my early 30's. I am so grateful and am running for the turmeric now! :)

Replied by Kayla
Tri-cities, Washington

I read your review and experience with turmeric multiple times today. I see this post was in 2012. I would love to know a 2016 update?

Replied by Kini

Hi, are you still taking turmeric and is it still helping you? I'd want to know if turmeric is a permanent solution to HS or just temporary. I have been taking turmeric capsules for a while (not regularly though! ), my HS is not very severe but I get boils and lumps on thighs at least once a month which has to be treated with the antibiotics. I don't know how to stop these boils occurring so frequently. They are really painful. Please give us an update on your condition now?

Posted by Hania (Houston, Tx) on 10/26/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Roxanne (Tubac, Arizona) on 09/08/2011
5 out of 5 stars

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!!!

Posted by Tasha (Woodbridge, Va) on 08/15/2011
5 out of 5 stars

I have had HS since I was 10 it started on my lower back and has grown to my armpits, breasts and very rarely the groin. I am now 25 and I have been using Turmeric capsules for about 2 weeks now and the results have been amazing!!! My doctor recommended I stay on them as they are the most natural ones out there! It's not a 100% cure but not it is about 95% more bearable and looks about 95% better as well. My mother has about as severe of case as you can get and while the effects of Turmeric on her have been minimal she too is staying on them as little relief is better than no relief.

Replied by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
5 out of 5 stars

Just as a positive indication for tumeric.. I thought just to test.. I'd drop the tumeric from my daily routine. So I just took the ginger and cayenne.. Within a week I was feeling slight twinges nothing to bad... As soon as I started the tumeric they went. Adding that the MSN has done away with all back discomfort. This definiatly works.

Replied by Amy
Sydney, Australia

I have found that Curcumin the active ingredient in tumeric is the reason it works, so buy Curcumin tablets as they are 95% Curcumin ( turmeric tablets are only 5% Curcumin) this is just my experience give it a go people it may work or you...

Replied by Cherese

Just wondering how much curcumin to take? I have been taking 2 30 mg pills a day with no change. Not sure how much is safe to take a day.

Posted by Melissa (Oxford, Nc) on 08/10/2011

Like most of you here, I have suffered with this for almost 15 yrs. Only recently got diagnosed after many many trips to the ER, surgerys to remove skin and infection. Been told that its hormones, use antibacterial soap, some people just get them. Ugh. Feeling like no one cared or wanted to help. Then finally someone puts a name to it, and I felt relieved that NOW they can "fix" it, only to find out that there is no fix, no cure, the surgery doesnt always work, it leaves even more scarring and I will continue to get them. I thought whats the point? Now months after the diagnosis the oozing painful sores in my armpit and groin have worn me down to the point where I said "to hell with it, lets do the surgery in hopes that maybe it will work for me, and if it doesnt, well I'm really no worse than when I started".

THANK GOD my husband found this site just in time! Reading all of your posts I had tears streaming down my face. HOPE! Thats what you all have given me. I started the Tumeric last night and am praying I get the same results that many of you have had. If this works like you all say, I will scream it from the rooftops, tell everyone I meet and show my Dr's my longest "finger" ;} Thank you all so much, my heart and prayers go out to you for all you have been through. I hope to be able to post some "happy" here in the next few weeks. Mwah!

Replied by Vikki
El Paso, Texas

I am so glad that this website was found for me. I have been suffering with HS for about 13 years now, maybe longer and was just recently diagnosed with HS. Unfortunately, I had already had the surgery before I look at this site. Since the surgery of removing nine of the "boils", nine more have come out, some even through the incision that were made to remove it! My mom talked to my uncle about it and he came across this "Tumeric" spice. He and my mom are going to make me a couple of batches this weekend and overnight them to me. He was told to mix the tumeric with baking soda and a crushed aspirin for the ones at the surface and then to add Vick's Vapor Rub for the really deep ones. I am so looking forward to this working! All of your stories have given me hope as I too thought I was losing my mind and using the "my leg hurts" to explain away why I was walking with a limp. Thank God for the internet and the fact that people share their stories!!! I will be back to this site regularly for support for me and to give mine in return!

Replied by Apple2012
Beijing, China

This website is amazing! I have just this week been diagnosed with HS. I have had the day off work today because I have not been sleeping properly in the knowledge that I have some terrible condition without cure! Fortunately I have slept a lot today and feel a little better. I'm so encouraged to read about turmeric and other solutions. My problem is that I'm an expat living in China and access to foods and products is often difficult. I'm going home to the UK at Christmas and intend to stock up! My question to the women out there with HS is does your condition appear to be linked to your periods? I have boils that appear in my armpits like clockwork with my monthly cycle. Does this happen to anyone else? Last year I was diagnosed with a Staph infection in my nose and the nasal cream Bactroban seemed to get rid of the problem. The Bactroban cream no longer works and I'm confused as to whether I have HS, a bacteria infection in my nose, or both! Thanks in advance for your replies. I'm trying really hard to stay positive with this diagnosis.

Replied by Ann
5 out of 5 stars

Apple2012 from Bejing - Yes, definitely linked to my cycles!! Absolutely. I can't imagine life without turmeric. It's kept my HS essentially under control. I experiment with my use of turmeric. I at at least 1/8 teaspoon with black pepper to soup each time I eat it. Top ramen works for me- simple but true! & easy in a pinch. Warm milk with turmeric, black pepper, cinamon, cayenne, & honey is tasty & effective. I sprinkle it on eggs & avocados & experiment with anything I think it might blend with. I prefer eating turmeric with food rather than using capsules, personal preference, & it works well for me! Good Organic turmeric (I get mine in bulk spice section). If you try one brand that doesn't seem to do well don't give up, try another. Good luck!

Posted by Margaret (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on 05/10/2011
5 out of 5 stars


I drink it dissolved in warm water once a day when I have an outbreak - and the boil literally shrinks within hours - it's amazing. 1/2 tsp in 1/4 cup of warm water, but you can play with the dose.

I also no longer sit in a chair at work - I sit on an exercise ball which constricts my groin area less - which has made a HUGE difference - my exercise ball deflated and I sat in a chair for a month and they came back - I bought a new ball, they were gone in a week.

PhisoHex also works if you use it consistently but you shouldn;t use it longterm.

I notice when I eat a lot of sugar, it makes it worse. Good luck.