I think I have HA

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When I was 17-18 I developed a Pilonidal cyst​ and I had never felt pain like that before.  After a few days it went away, it has been recurring for the last 16 years now.  I also started getting lumps on my inner thighs that become inflamed and raised and would seep water and blood and puss.  I assumed these were due to weight gain.  Recently I drastically changed my life style and started exercising every day and the lumps in my thighs have become huge, I can fit my whole hand around the area and it is very painful to walk and sit.  Not to let this beat me I started looking for ways to treat it so that I can go back to the Gym and I started reading about HA and feel that the symptoms match what I have been experiencing for the last 16 years.  I've always felt it was dietary, like a buildup of toxins in a specific area and I came across someone else mention Nightshades.  I am a smoker who lives on potatoes and loves tomatoes and ketchup, I eat these foods every day, could these be the cause of my issues?  I’ve never complained of these issues as I have always felt they were self-inflicted due to lifestyle. My wife has always told me to man up when she is sticking needles and squeezing the sores and I she can’t understand why I say it is so painful, as much as I don’t want to have a lifelong condition it would be a good thing for to know that it has a name and is not because I am dirty.

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    Jovetic, I'm sure if you have read the many discussions about HS you know it is not hygiene related, it is infact a disease. And unfortunately without a cure. However, getting your cysts drained and packed by a professional /doctor and medication can help relieve the pain. Please read the forums and for the record, I stopped eating potatoes and tomatoes as of last week and my cysts are flat and not inflamed. It's worth a try to cut out night shade veggies and fruit. Good luck!
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    Hi jovetic, you are likely right on the self diagnosis. Could be worth getting it confirmed by a specialist though.

    Im a strong believer in the diet.. After living on chips, sausage rolls, lollies and iced coffee milk for about 20 years.

    Absolutely try eliminating the nightshades for 3-6 months. One slip up could cause inflammation for 3-14 days (two week set back on healing) . The pilonidal one can/should be surgically removed, i dobt know if that can heal itself and the treatment may help your other areas.

    My body dealt with the HS a lot better with the pilonidal gone.

    When you say toxins built up in a certain area... The current theory seems to be the gut. And its an autoimmune inflammatory response that affects your hair follicles and sweat glands in areas where skin on skin.. Underarms are very common too.

    The 'water' is 'serous' which is what the wound exudes when not infected... It has a lot of trouble to break through and heal when you have a hardened pit like that.

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    Thank you for the replies, I of course meant HS, but happened to be working High Availability in VMWare when writing this smile  Usually I would ignore them and they would subside on their own, but over the last week I have been more attentive to keeping them clean and using antiseptic creams and they seem to be getting worse now.  I have cut out nightshades over the last few days, I did eat a few by accident from the kids plate the other day, I say accident, I meant forgot!  I've got a week left on the antibiotics the doc gave me, she said if not healed to make another appointment with her.
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    Arrgh please don't let anyone stick needles in them and squeeze!  You are causing the surrounding area to become infected and also causing more damage to the deeper layers of your skin.   To say nothing of the horrendous pain.

    You need to get a proper diagnosis from a dermatologist so ask for an immediate referral.  The Derm will also know the best treatments.   For recurring ones you need to get the material incised by a surgeon and this will stop it coming back in the same place.  Every time you get a flare up you need antibiotics straightaway.  These work for many people including me.   Your doctor or derm can put you on a course of long term ab's to help either stop them or lessen the impact on your life.

    Are you aware that mass infections left untreated can occasional lead to sepsis?   This is seriously and can even be life threatening so please take them seriously.  x


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