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I was diagnosed with HS 12 years ago and have gone through doctors, surgery, antiobiotics, and the whole host of dead ends that mainstream medicine provides in finding a solution to this painful condition. However in the past five years I have had almost no breakouts, two weeks ago I had a breakout and today as I am writing this post my cyst is healed and I am left with a bit of scar tissue. I can only write what has worked for me personally but my natural healing regime has truly given me my quality of life back. I hope this is helpful.
FYI: I get cysts in my under arm area.
My treatment plan is based around applying Manuka Honey to the cyst once noticed that it has developed-ASAP. The honey must be used 24/7 on the cyst to ensure proper healing and least development of scar tissue. I apply it to the cyst by putting the honey on sterile gauze-as much as needed to cover the infected area and I then secure the poultice using either sterile rolled gauze or a breathable bandage (which must be cleaned between uses). Manuka Honey has different strengths which are noted in a K-factor or a UMF rating-I have found through research it is most effective at a rating of around 15-20 (anything higher has been artifically produced)-this is an ideal natural strength for healing. Try to have the honey on as much as possible, throughout the day and night, 24/7! Even after the cyst may appear healed continue applying the honey poultice for up to a month to ensure complete healing and scar tissue breakdown.
It is also essential to keep the infected area clean. I use a basic Dial anti bacterial soap between Manuka Honey applications which I change out throughout day, 3-4 times depending on my comfort levels.
I also alternate honey applications with warm compresses-this helps with healing, infection, and soothing. I add about three drops of tea tree essential oil to two-three cups of warm water and apply using a wash cloth or sterile gauze (preferred if have an open wound) to the cyst 3-4 times daily. This is very relieving and is a perfect addition to the Manuka poultice.
Additionally at the end of my long day of healing-I like to take a warm bath in about 1/2-1 cup of Epsom salts with 6-8 drops of lavender essential oil. These products are very healing and have antibacterial, drawing, and relaxing properties all necessary for a speedy recovery of the pesky cyst.
For me, the Manuka Honey is really the key in this recovery process but the cleaning, compresses, and baths all help to round out this regime to best allow for a major diminishment of cysts.
This regime has really allowed me to be almost entirely HS free with the exception of the occasional breakout. I hope that this may help us to win the battle over HS.
Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have.
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