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Hidradenitis suppurative: the symptoms and natural treatments

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Hidradenitis suppurative: the symptoms and natural treatments
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Hidradenitis suppurative is also known as Verneuil’s disease. It is a chronic inflammation of the skin, leading to the appearance of painful nodules, abscesses, sinus tracts, and ropelike hypertrophic scars in the apocrine gland-bearing areas (where there are sweat glands, such as the armpits, the groin, the buttocks and the breasts). So are there any natural treatments?

Hidradenitis suppurative: the symptoms

Hidradenitis suppurative is a relatively common condition, especially in women, although only around one in ten people have heard of it. By comparison, Crohn’s disease, which is much better known, is far less common.

According to Hélène Reynal, the president of a European support organisation for Verneuil’s disease, the disease is only diagnosed after an average of 8 years, and after having consulted 6 different doctors. 

The following symptoms can lead to a diagnosis of hidradenitis suppurative:

  • the appearance of chronic abscesses with varying degrees of painfulness, located around folds in the skin (in the armpits, the buttocks, etc.) and which sometimes resemble acne or ingrown hairs
  • oozing abscesses or pus being emitted
  • difficulties with everyday actions (sitting down, carrying things, doing your hair, etc.)

This pathology can be disabling in everyday life, both at work and at home, as well as having a negative effect on your sex life. It is not unusual for couples to separate or for patients to lose their jobs due to this disease.

As a result, patients often find themselves isolated and can fall into depression, or even attempt suicide. They thus need particular consideration and understanding from their loved ones. 

Hidradenitis suppurative: natural and non-natural treatments

Non-natural treatments

Besides antibiotics, anti-inflammatories and surgical intervention (removal of the abscesses), which have their inconveniences such as demanding post-operative care, there is a treatment available which has proven to be effective. 

In fact, several clinical studies have recently confirmed the effectiveness of anti-TNF alpha, such as adalimumab, which is used to treat other inflammatory illnesses (e.g., rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or even psoriasis). This medication is marketed under the name Humira®.

Natural treatments

Aleppo soap

Use pure Aleppo soap during your shower or bath, using hot water.

After having washed yourself, mix two drops of thyme essential oil and two drops of sweet almond oil in the palm of your hand. With a cotton bud, dab this mixture on to the relevant areas (nodules, abscesses, etc.). Leave it to work, and if the stinging is too much, add a few more drops of sweet almond oil. The thyme has considerable disinfectant properties.

Feverfew

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The effects of this plant can be considerable in patients affected by hidradenitis suppurative.

You can find feverfew flowers in health shops or herbalists.

Fill a small pot one third with water, and infuse 3 handfuls of feverfew flowers for around ten minutes, until the infusion is dark in colour.

Leave it to cool and strain it. Soak compresses in the infusion, gently squeeze them out and apply them as dressings to the affected areas. Change them every two hours if possible or keep them on overnight.

Honey

Honey contains a natural antiseptic, which is similar to oxygenated water. Although oxygenated water destroys bacteria, it can damage skin cells. Honey, by contrast, produces an effective antiseptic which kills germs without damaging the skin.

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