Climate & HS

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Hi all,

So over the years of researching this condition, I've not seen many posts regarding a dry-arid climate and how it affects Hidradenitis Suppurativa.  However, I have read many times that dry and arid climates may send the condition into remission on numerous occasions from various websites describing the issue.

I just wanted to see what everyone thought about the climate side of a possible treatment. Last year I took a trip to Colorado Springs, CO and noticed my HS spot under my arm was not red as it was back home in a non-arid climate. So that's why I was curious if anyone else has experienced relief by relocating to a dry/arid climate.

Thanks so much and I look forward to reading any replies.

Collin

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    Hey Collin!

    That's an interesting assertion and though I can't say for certain, I feel like climate probably could play a big role in certain people's conditions. Personally, I am always warm and I sweat easily, so even if I were to be in an extremely dry climate, if it were to be hot, I don't know how much my symptoms would change. I live in a pretty humid Midwest Area but last year I lived in a drier climate for 3 months. I didn't notice a difference in my flares. Hope it works for others!

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      Hi Paige,

      Thank you for the reply.  It's an interesting idea that I would like to keep my eyes on.  I just moved to the Chicago Suburbs from North Carolina - so Midwest here too :D Thanks again for your reply smile

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    Hi Collin,

    I Live in Malaysia where it is MOIST all year round. I am not fat but have fatty deposits underarm. So you can guess that its always moist underarm. Same goes for my hips and groin area. It goes on a regular cycle of flareups. 

    I found more so when i get stressed be it from work or externally, i sweat more and my body chemical changes. 

    Now every year, i do a trip to Germany for 2 weeks for an Expo and then to Vegas for another 2 weeks for a different trade show. If find that the cool weather in Germany and the Arid weather in Vegas, really does help. Any irritation stopped and the swelling actually went down if i had any. Nothing popped up but just as soon as I return home to my hot hot hot and humid country .... boom it comes back again. 

    Hope this helps. 

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      Hi Jefflim,

      Thank you for your reply.  Very interesting to hear your story and experience with the arid climate of Las Vegas. Maybe arid climates will gain more study/media attention one day down the road and it will help more people with this disease.  

      Thanks again for your reply and insight.

      Collin

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      But seriously we need to find a more suitable way to curb or cure this irritating HS. I just had a flare up yesterday and downed a glass of Baking Soda water this morning ( as per my other post) and it subsided. 

      I shared it in view that rather than uproot ourselves with this simple drink we can be irritation free anywhere we are in the world. 

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    Reaccutane (Isotretinoin) is an acne medication that can be used to treat HS and it dries out the skin and causes it to secrete less sebum. Maybe it's that the skin is drier in an arid climate and maybe you'd sweat less?

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    Hi Collin, I have Sweets syndrome and HS like issues on my scalp. I traveled to Antarctica and the Atacama Desert in December. It’s the driest polar and non polar regions on earth. My scalp issues were non existent until I came back to Michigan winter and it came back. I’ve also read about other rare diseases being seasonal or climate related. My sweets syndrome is triggered by sweating as is the HS.  I agree with your theory. Oddly I had an episode of takotsubo cardiomyopathy in the Desert and read a seasonal correlation with summer (heat). 
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    I live in Southern California and the heat is absolute murder for causing break outs but the dryness helps a lot. As long as I stay inside until 4/5pm in the summer I’m fine. I visited my hometown in Virginia one summer and it’s just as hot as california but is a muggy swamp.  I found out quickly the humidity makes it much much worse.Somewhere dry and cool  is great but despite the heat living somewhere arid definetly helps. 

    All of this is past tense, I’m in remission now 

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    I am in my early 50s have experienced this condition for most of my adult life. It all started as an acne in my late 20s and developed to a level 3 HS over the  years. I have widely researched this condition over the years sadly no solution yet. I’ve read many online stories about miracle solutions. My origins are from a temperate climate. I can say to you my first scalp HS was experience in the U.K in my mid 30s.

    I had seen probably the best hands around and had several surgical inciscions. I had been prescribed with highly recommended drugs from roaccutine to whatever.  Frustratingly there’s no curable solution which is what I was hoping for. At first I thought my condition was attributed to the temperate weather. I have travelled to dry and arid climates on various occasions. Bizarrely some of the worst flares I’ve seen was when I was in a dry or arid environment. My take on this is climate makes no difference on me personally.

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    I live in Phoenix Arizona which is one of the driest climates you can find, and my HS is still crazy bad.
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