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 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!!
I was on anti-biotics for a period of almost 3 months, but HS was not getting healed. I rather started having terrible side effects of anti-biotics.. As I was away from home, I couldnt even see a doctor.. I am really grateful to this website to help me out of pain. I tried out turmeric theory (i have turmeric with milk twice a day and also apply turmeric paste on the affected part at night before sleeping)
HS has been under control, though not cured yet, but the pain has reduced a lot and size has decreased considerably.. Thanks a lot..
i was diagnosed with HS when i was 20 years old but had been dealing with it for a year already. I am now 21 and have had my sweat glands removed from my under arms shortly after they started coming out in my groin.I dealt with them for 5 months in my groin a month ago i came across this website and tried the turmeric i am in the process of healing 100 percent.i buy the turmeric in 5 pound bags for 6 dollars! in any indian market and i buy empty capsules from whole foods size 00 (100 capsules for 3dollars) and i fill them myself i take two pills 3 times a day (morning,afternoon,night) i for a long time thought i was the only one with my condition...for anyone who has gone through or has seen anyone go through this can relate when i tell you it is a pain that is almost intolerable i am so thankful for this website anyone going through it now please stay strong and have faith. there are remedies that work as long as you stick to them hopefully one day there will be a cure. until then me and my boyfriend on sunday nights will be filling up turmeric capusles lol
I have had HS for 23 years although in the beginning years I thought it was boils on inner thighs until diagnosed years later. I tried the gold dial soap which did nothing. I need stock in large bandaids with neosporin with pain relief as I am keeping them in business! It does give some relief on severe painful days (which are many). I next did the turmeric pills. I thought if anything takes some of this pain away it is worth it. Well after using for about 2 weeks, the pain has subsided. No I am not cured but it is now bearable and looks much better. I waited a month to post this to be sure it wasn't wishful thinking on my part. I will continue using this as the pain as I said is almost gone and is very bearable now and I have not needed a bandaid with neo on it..
I have been suffering from HS for 13 years. I have had 5 surgeries in the groin area and 11 surgeries on my tail bone due to pilonidal cyst (almost the same thing as HS, just different location). I found this site today and I went out and bought some Turmeric just to see if it works. I took 1 tablet so far and the pain went away. I also bought some of the kind thats in the spice form and "rubbed" that one my groin and I still feel no pain. I cant wait to see what happens in a week!! I am very excited. Thank you to all the people who have commented on this site and have given suggestions.
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.
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.