Hidradenitis suppurativa is a condition that is thought to affect approximately one percent of the population, although this may be an underestimate – due to the potentially embarrassing nature of the condition, it is highly unlikely that all sufferers will seek medical advice. Home cures for hidradenitis suppurativa and an adequate diet regimen should be part of the long term management of this unpredictable, complicated condition.
The condition leads to inflamed sweat glands and blocked hair follicles. Pus will then begin to form in these areas, which can leak out onto the skin. The actions of bacteria living on the body can cause these secretions to have a strong, distinctive odour, which can be extremely embarrassing. Abscesses may then develop under the skin, making this a difficult condition to treat. However, there are a number of herbal and traditional remedies that can help to relieve the symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa, without you needing to see a doctor.
1. Tea tree oil.
Often advised for conditions such as acne, tea tree oil has long been used to prevent infection and promote the healing of wounds. It has antimicrobial properties, so it reduces the number of bacteria on the skin and in the spots that will develop. This reduces the smell from the pus significantly, and will also have beneficial effects on the abscesses, reducing their size and severity. This is a topical treatment, meaning that it should be applied directly to the skin. It can also be added to the water in the bath, if you prefer.
Turmeric is from the same family of plants as ginger, and it has been used in India for thousands of years as a natural anti-inflammatory. As one of the most effective cures for hidradenitis suppurativa, It helps to reduce swelling, pain and other specific symptoms . Unlike tea tree oil, it can be taken as an oral supplement or applied topically to the affected areas. This spice could either be added to food or taken in capsule form. In order to obtain the maximum benefit from this ancient remedy, it should be mixed with either black or cayenne pepper, which helps it to be absorbed into the body.
3. Aloe vera.
Aloe vera is both anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial in nature, and is one of the principal topical cures for hidradenitis suppurativa. This means that it will help to prevent any infections from occurring in the affected areas of the body, usually the armpits and the groin, where there are large numbers of hair follicles and the temperature is ideal for the growth of bacteria. The aloe vera will reduce the amount of pus being produced in the abscesses, and will also mean that the distinctive smell should not be as noticeable. Applying aloe vera directly to the affected areas should help to reduce the extent of the lumps, ease the pain and minimise the scarring.
This should be used with caution, as it has been known to cause skin damage on occasion. However, vinegar, particularly white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar, can help to reduce the severity and extent of hidradenitis symptoms when added to bathwater. This should not be carried out on a regular basis, as it might lead to irritation of the skin.
5. Herbal combinations.
A combination of seven different herbs has been famously used by Barbara Collins as one of her cures for hidradenitis suppurativa, and it was successful in producing remission of her severe case of HS. This mixture of herbs contained watercress, Siberian ginseng, burdock root, turkey rhubarb root, cat’s claw, slippery elm and sheep sorrel. This should ideally be used in conjunction with a healthy diet in order to detox the body. It is often found that a Paleo style diet is extremely beneficial in reducing the symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa, so you may want to consider this as an option. Read more…