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Hi all, fortunately my form of HS seems to be mild in comparison to most but I thought that I would share with you my routine and tips, in the hope that I can help other sufferers.
I was diagnosed 3 years ago after having an abscess in my groin removed. My doctors were clueless after many repeat visits and finally I was seen by a dermatologist who recognised the condition.
For anyone curious of the symptoms, I would liken HS to very deeply embedded spots, with no head to squeeze. Peas sized, sore and red/purple in colour. DO NOT ATTEMPS TO POP. This only irritates the boil.
I have been prescribe many different types of antibiotics but the only thing that has worked for me is Erythromycin.
I exfoliate regularly to prevent from in growing hairs, which can cause my flair ups. Please don't exfoliate vigorously if you have a current flair up, as this may irritate it more.
Most importantly, I have switched to alcohol and perfume free toiletries, such as Vaseline deodorant and Sanex shower gel and bath bubbles.
Stress is a stimulant for HS so try and eliminate the stresses in your life, especially if you are having a flair up.
I also found that wearing the wrong underwear can cause flair up. Make sure that you wearing comfortable underwear that doesn't chafe or rub.
I strongly believe that these simple changes have kept my condition at bay and I hope that my advice can help others.
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