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boils? red bumps? extremly painful.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 13, 2007
  • 08:28 AM

I'm 18 and when I first began my teenage years I started getting what doctors called "boils" giving me antibiotics and whatnot. when I get these lumps in my body they are extremly hard and painful sometimes with soft spots. This is painful to the point where I cant gently touch the area, or whenever I walk and my clothes rubs against the area I feel excrutiating pain. They rarley drain and usually just dies down on it's own after days of pain, sometimes it becomes a smal bubble that constantly bleeds. It affects my daily life, my sexual life, my job, I loose sleep and so on. I've become so fustrated with this problem.I know there is no cure for this and I sometimes get hypochondria attacks believing that this infection will someday kill me. It hurts way worse than it sounds. I'm sure there are people with this problem aswell and I want to know common procedures to follow to relieve the pain or get rid of the problem altogether. Someone plese help me out, I've quit many sports teams because of this and cant do many things that I have to without feeling a great deal of miscomfort.

I get these "lumps" below my waistline in my pubic area, in between my thighs, my buttocks.

thank you.

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  • I literally feel your pain. I have had the EXACT same problem for the last 10 years. I've seen several doctors about it, but they just say that it's a hair follicle problem and there's not much to be done short of skin-grafting. That sounds horrible to me.I've read that it is called Hidradenitis Suppurativa. I've researched it and there really is not much that can be done...I personally deal with it by having a constant supply of giant band-aids on hand. I also wear what I call "safety shorts" when it gets really bad. I wear skin-colored bicycle shorts under dresses (and sometimes pants if I have to). I'll often double-up on the band-aids to provide extra cushion. It's not a miracle cure by any means, but it's all I have.I dated quite a bit even though I had this problem. I wasn't about to let it ruin my life! It certainly does make you a bit more selective about whom you become intimate with. My husband is wonderful about the whole situation (just tell men there's no way they can get it!). My fear is being "exposed" when I have children. I want my Mom in the delivery room, but this may prevent that from happening. It's a humiliating disease, and I wish you luck with not allowing this to affect other areas of your life.
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  • My doctors thought I had HS, then decided that I didn't. I am not sure what to believe. I had cysts under one arm surgically removed and I haven't had a problem since. HS is a problem where the appocrine sweat glands become plugged. During my internet surfing about HS, I have read of these things that help. Please note that these are not cures, they are just things to help alleviate the symptoms. I haven't done either of these things since I have no cysts, I am just sharing what I have read that has helped some people. Wash off your deodorant every night with Dial antibacterial soap. Follow this up by wiping the affected areas with a Clearasil Ultra acne pad (use a new wipe for each area). After the Clearsil has dried, apply Oxy treatment Cream (I think it is 10% Benzoyl Peroxide). The Clearsil wipes are 2% Salicyclic acid. People also do the clearsil and oxy in the morning. The Benzoyl Peroxide in the Oxy will bleach your clothing so be careful. I believe the mechanism of action is that by washing off the deoderant you are unsealing your pores. The clearsil cleans out the pores and the Benzoyl Peroxide kills the bacteria that can cause the clogged pores. It may take a couple of weeks to see a difference but many are pleased with the results.
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