60 User Reviews
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 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?
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?
Careful with the Apple Cider Vinegar, or you'll be at the dentist with new problems, it's good for you in your stomach, but I don't know how to get it safely past your teeth.
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.
I have had HS for about 18 years and got bad about 8 years ago when I gained 60 pounds.... before that I would have maybe one flare every 6-12 months.... when I gained weight I got them bad! Was on dif antibiotics with hardly any difference... I then lost 70 pounds and I hardly got them again for a few years until I slowly packed the weight back on! Now being over weight for the last few years I get a few flares every week.... I mostly get them in my butt crack but now starting to go down my leg under my bum cheek... have had any on my arm pits in a long time... anyways I am overweight now and under major marital stress and financial and a load of other legal stress to put on top of this... since my marriage started falling apart about 5 months ago I have gotten them even worse and it sucks:-(
I'm just wondering does anyone know why ppl that are overweight get them?? Best of luck and I can't wait to try this on mine!!!
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!!!
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.
(Manganui, Northland, New Zealand)
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.
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...
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!
(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!
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.
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!
TURMERIC REALLY WORKS!!!
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.
I will be starting tomorrow 1tsp of turmeric in 1/4 cup of water three times day, and I can't wait to post my results for everyone.
HS popped out of know where and being a 20y/o and just having a good time with college, work, friends and family HS has really made me want to give up on life.
So glad I found EC and really hope that I can have some results that can make me able to enjoy life again. My family and friends don't know anything about what has been going on the last two months (they think its stress) really HOPE and PRAY that turmeric can provide some relief!
Since I won't be going to a doctor for HS, EC is really a life saver. I did want to see a doctor but after reading all the horror stories about HS and doctors/ dermatologist there really isn't a reason to for me. There is nothing they can give me to cure this.
(San Francisco, Ca)
(The Beach, Canada)
I personally take half a glass of warm milk 4 or 5 ounces, add 1 tbls of black strap mollases, and 1 tsp of tumeric powder in a jar seal and shake it well, I drink it through a straw as fast as I can, I can barely taste it and it doesnt stain my teeth. Tumeric can cause me constipation so the black strap mollases prevents that. My prayers to your sisters health I hope this assists in her recovery.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Courtney from San Francisco, what I do is take 1tbls of turmeric with 1/4 cup of warm water. Taking turmeric for the first time - seemed like torture. I quit turmeric and swore I would never go back. After living with my pain and hiding my HS from everyone I went back on EC and read all the great results people were having with turmeric. So I tried again and this time I put the 1tbls of turmeric in yogurt and just swallowed it. When you put turmeric in yogurt it goes down without tasting anything - I do have my nose plugged just in case =P
Sara from The Beach, Canada had a great idea with using the straw, you could try that as well.
Be rigorous with the turmeric regime and your sister will see results fast. Use it twice a day and you can play around with how you want to take it, EC has lost of recipes that people use and have great results with.
Just know that there are also empty capsules you can buy at your local health food store that you can fill with turmeric - but there don't absorb nearly as much as drinking the turmeric straight up. The regular capsules that people having been talking about filling on this site don't realize that those capsules don't have a enteric coating - meaning the turmeric won't even reach the digestive system where you get healing effect.
That's so sweet that your looking out for your sister, and you relationship where she can tell you anything. HS is something that popped out of now where for me, and after having it for only a few months, I'm so glad that EC has helped me stop it thus far.
I've gotta agree. I can't believe after all this time I finally know what the cause is. After reading this and going through pages of comments as well as staying up till 6am LOL I went straight out to the nearest 24/7 CVS and picked up a few things. Turmeric was hard to find and I ended up finding Turmeric Powder at my local Kroger.
I hope that along with the change in lifestyle I'm already implementing will at least ease the symptoms.
I can report that before I fell asleep I took my first "dose" of Turmeric and I woke up about 40 minutes ago. There's nearly no pain where there was terrible pain last night. Coincidence? Maybe... but I like to believe that the turmeric is having some positive effect.
My daughter was diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa a year ago when she was 13. The only place she got HS was in the crease of her breasts. It was very bad. Open, seeping wounds with holes that you could stick the end of a Q-tip into (did not try, the MD did this) and very bad tunneling. It was raw, red and very very sore; about 8 inches long and 5 inches wide. The MD said it was because her breasts are so large (34-F). The MD really didn't know what to do for her, at first she said we had to go to a plastic surgeon to have the skin between her breasts removed and new skin graphed in and a reduction. The surgeon said he would not touch her (thankfully) they finally put her on antibiotics, which they concluded she was allergic to, and they did not work.
She then started Acutane and was on it for 6 months. It was the worst 6 months, for both of us ever. The MD finally said that she wanted my daughter to start Humira, told us the side effects (which scared the heck out of me) and said she would need to be on it for the rest of her life. I finally told the doctor that we were going to try a natural cure first.
I found this site and put my daughter on 2 Azo yeast pills a day and 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric dissolved in hot water and a tea bag (to make it taste better). She has been doing this for 2 months and the doctor recently released her from care. She is healing up more and more each day. Turmeric is a life saver for my daughter. The tunneling stopped, the holes closed up, there is no more seeping, and only one small red spot; everything is clearing up. It has been a year and half since her diagnoses and we are so happy that she is doing better.
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
To Sourgrape from Sweet Home, Oregon:
Seeing your comment about your daughter getting better from your treatment of AZO tablets and turmeric really has stopped my tears this morning. I am a 20y/o college student who has diagnosed myself with HS after it has popped out of now where and really turned my life upside down. I had sores all over my groin area and under my arm pits that really hurt. I would never go to my family doctor because of all the comments I've read about people their experience with doctors and this unknown disease. If there is nothing they can do about it... why go through all that?
Anyways, I've been sadly dealing with it in silence and stopped working out, hanging out with friends, sports and even activities at school =(
I was researching online on night at 4am and came across EC and read all the natural treatments for HS. I've been doing the Dial soap wash and Tea Tree Oil treatment for a while with great results. My boils were flat and all coming to a head and healing. It was going great till one boil on my thigh flatten out and came to a head but then it didn't close... Over time it kept getting bigger and bigger. Right not it's a open wound the size of a quarter and it's really making moving and WALKING hard and painful. I have been covering it with triple antibiotic get and a band-aid every day and it is not healing at all. I am so sad, and feel life I can handle this HS anymore!
What really made things worse was I started to read about HS wounds taking years to close for some people, I can have this open wound on my leg for years, I'm in school and working... Daily life is so painful and I've just started my life.
To make an even longer story short, I just wanted to say THANK YOU for your comment. Your comment was the first one to say anything about a wound healing... Especially the size of the one your daughter had. I am happy she is doing much better and I hope to have my wound cleared up. I am going to head to the store to get the AZO supplements and start my turmeric regimen again!!!
I am going to also great a blog on blogspot or something to share my story with people. This almost seems like this a cure and if someone suffering with HS searching the internet like us all, can find some relief from my story…that would be GREAT.
I'll post my results in a week or so =)
It's so amazing how every scientific literature you read on HS says it's rare and not that many people have it, but look at how many of us are suffering from it.
I am so glad to see that we are all here for each other. We will BEAT THIS!!
@Justsayin, I feel your pain and you are so young. I am 28 and I hate this disease and how debilitating it is when you are in pain. So I can't imagine what it must be like at 20. But you have all your life ahead of you and you won't let this hold you down. I had surgery for one of my boils (huge) and they had to let it open so it could drain further. It took forever to close but putting non-stick gauze on the area really helped (although it opened back up a couple days ago - but it's much better than it was 8 months ago). I suggest you do that. My HS is also primarily in the same area so I understand your pain. Cover your boils (open or not) with non-stick pad, you can also apply turmeric spice on them to ease the pain and hasten the healing process. Let me know how you are doing.
I'll pray for all of us.
God Bless You!!!
I have been using the turmeric for less than 1 week, it has made an amazing difference. Thank you all for posting about this. It has been a miracle for me.
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..
Hi I just have to say I love earth clinic, this site is a tremendous blessing. I did suffer from this condition and was so desperate for a cure I prayed to god for help and he healed me. Here is how
1. Most importantly have faith- God will heal you -but you have to meet him half way and be disciplined in your maintenance routine
2. All skin conditions are part of a emotional dis-ease. Know that your mind-state plays a big part in your skins health. Have faith that god will heal you and love your body. Envision clear healthy skin.
3.Turmeric it is a powerful antioxidant good for everyone - essential in for HS cure. I take 3 a day. As well as detoxing herbs and a plant enzyme
4. Air- to cool the skin so no bacteria can breed
5. Use an acne wash and cream -very carefully- on the prone areas
6. Antibacterial soap like dial the bar type
God has blessed me-i am so happy that I have been cured- that is why I had to share this today because it is a miracle. Thanks to everyone sharing there stories and we can get better! Good luck and god bless
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
(Brevard, N.c., Usa)
Hi Johnner, I too, have this terrible disease for over 30 yrs. After readings about turmeric on this site for HS. In the last few days of June, I started to take it the 1st of July. 2capules three time a day, (500mg)it had make a great difference in the size of my boils. Also, I was disgnose with prediabete and started to drink the AVC, 2tbs 2 or 3 times a day with veg. juice. Morning readings was 120-130, it's now about 110, and I hope to continue to go down. Love this site! Thank you EC for this great site, will be coming often! EJ
@Johnner from Kildare, Ireland
Your comment really gives me hope for my HS, it popped out of know where two months ago and I'm a college student that is trying to live my life while secretly dealing with HS. I'm not as bad as some people have been stating on here, but your results give me hope. I can't wait to start my turmeric =)
I have been suffering from HS for over 16 years now and have only recently been diagnosed. I was happy to find out that it actually had a name but disappointed that there is no known treatment. So I checked on here and came across the recommendation of Turmeric. I immediately went and bought pure turmeric powder as well as size "0" vegetable capsules. I fI'lled 100 of them and figured I'd give them a chance. When I started about a week ago, I had three nasty bumps that were rather painful. I took 4 capsules and within an hour the pain was almost gone, I was really surprised. I kept on taking four capsules three times a day and now, after a week, the bumps are completely gone, just a dark spot left were they were. They never healed off this fast before! I have reduced the dose to 3 caps three times a day and am hoping to reduce it to 3 caps once a day over time for maintenance. So far I haven't gotten any new bumps and the older ones are all healed off. This treatment is so amazing! Thank you everyone who recommended it!
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
@Bianca from Vancouver, Canada
Hi, before I started taking turmeric with warm water I tired capsules that I filled myself, but nothing was happening. Once I finished the 100 turmeric capsules I made I switched to the liquid. I hate drinking turmeric soo much... But not as bad as I hate having HS. Taking turmeric in capsules form seems to being working great for you. I hope that once my HS is cleared (really close) thanks to AZO supplements, turmeric w/ lemon and salt crystal deodorant I can use capsules from then on!
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..
My friend has got me started on Turmeric. I have had HS for years. None of the doctors have been able to tell me what to do for it. My dermatologist gave me a lotion that helps, it is compounded at the pharamacy. It has talcum powder & neomycin in it. I talked to a surgeon and he told me it would probably return. Will let you know how the Turmeric works.