If you have developed painful boils or cysts under your arms, then it is possible you have the condition known as hidradenitis suppurativa, or acne inversa. This is a condition that affects the skin, and the first symptom will usually be the onset of boils, either in the armpit or the groin area.
The boils will develop here because these regions are warm, moist and contain large numbers of hair follicles. The boils occur when the apocrine sweat glands become blocked and pus begins to form in the hair follicles and the tubes leading from the sweat glands to the skin. Once the pus has started to form, it may leak onto the surface of the skin, and then the second noticeable symptom will begin to develop. The bacteria that are naturally present on the skin will start to act on the pus, breaking it down and leading to the onset of the distinctive smell that is associated with hidradenitis suppurativa.
There are several possible treatments for the underarm boils of hidradenitis suppurativa, and you may wish to try several before finding one that is the most effective for you. Many hidradenitis suppurativa patients opt to use natural methods of controlling the symptoms, which are often more effective on a long term basis than antibiotics. The problem with using antibiotics is that the bacteria on your skin will become resistant to them, making it even more difficult to treat the condition in the future. Stronger antibiotics would need to be used, normally in conjunction with other medications such as corticosteroids, which will help to reduce the swelling, but can only be used on a short term basis.
Instead of becoming reliant on these medications, an increasing number of acne inversa patients are instead choosing to treat their condition using a combination of natural remedies and modifications to the diet. There are a number of natural remedies that can be applied topically to the boils under your arms, and when the treatment is used on a regular basis, you should start to notice improvements rapidly.
The abscesses and cysts should soon decrease in size, which will relieve some of the pressure under the skin and reduce the pain that you experience. It will also encourage healing of the abscesses and reduce the extent of their spread – this is of particular interest to those patients with severe forms of the disease, where the cysts will have begun to spread to other areas of the body. Cysts that have begun under the arms will spread to parts of the chest and back.
If you suffer from boils under the arm as a result of hidradenitis suppurativa, then there are a number of methods that you could try in order to manage your condition more effectively. Wash the affected areas with an antiseptic substance – you can either buy an antiseptic solution or make up a dilution of tea tree oil. This will help to reduce the number of bacteria in the area.
If you have large abscesses or sinus tracts that leak pus, then it might be a good idea to try to encourage these to drain at a time you choose, which could minimise leakage throughout the day. Hold a warm cloth over the boils to encourage the pus to drain out. Once the pus has started to flow out, the pressure and the pain will be reduced.
After this, it would be advisable to use a substance such as aloe vera to promote healing of these areas. Aloe vera has been used for thousands of years to prevent infection and encourage healing, and the reason it is so popular is because it is effective. Read more…