3 Ways of Treating your Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symptoms
If you are suffering from Hidradenitis Suppurativa you will want to do everything you can to relieve the painful and uncomfortable symptoms.
This article will suggest 3 ways to treat these symptoms that are easy to implement, whatever your situation. These suggestions are courtesy of Therese Wilson, the author of The Fast Hidradenitis Supparativa Cure™ guide.
The Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa:
You might find the following symptoms in the early stages of this illness:
- Increased heat and loss of function of the area
- Erythema – redness of the skin or mucous membranes
- Pruritus – itching of the skin
- Local hyperhidrosis – excessive sweating
- Painful, red papules or nodules – Papules are circumscribed, solid elevations of skin with no visible fluid. A nodule is a growth forming under your skin.
- Recurrent local abscesses – an abscess is a collection of pus that has built up within the tissues of the body, appearing as a tender mass.
- Disfiguring scarring – as the abscesses heal, they produce disfiguring scars.
- Draining sinuses – as HS progresses, sinus tracts connecting abscesses may appear. The nodules drain via the sinus tracts.
Treating the Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
To treat Hidradenitis Suppurativa, you need to reduce the inflammation levels in your body’s response. Here’s how to do this:
1) Adopt an Anti-inflammatory Diet:
- Increase your intake of Omega 3s. Oily fish (eg Wild Alaskan Salmon, mackerel) and fish oil supplements are great sources. Vegetarian sources include seeds and nuts. Try extra virgin olive oil for its great anti-inflammatory properties.
- Up your Fruit and vegetables. Speed up your healing process and combat inflammation with 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day, especially brightly colored, green and leafy vegetables and fruits. Kelp, blueberries, sweet potatoes, garlic, and ginger are excellent anti-inflammatories.
- Choose the Right Carbohydrates. To avoid insulin spikes that increase inflammation, choose whole grain, low-GI carbohydrates e.g. whole grain bread and pasta instead of simple carbohydrates, e.g. white whole grain cereals.
- Avoid foods with high fat (especially saturated fat and trans fats) and sugar content, and processed foods. e.g. fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, deep fried foods.
- Decrease sugar consumption: avoid ice-creams, carbonated beverages, etc.
- Avoid farmed meat, and eat fish rather than red meat, for protein.
2) Use Supplements, Herbs & Oils
Use tea tree oil for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Apply the oil to your lesions, using some thick tissue or facecloth. Try turmeric both as a supplement and in your diet for its amazing painkilling, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic effects.
Squeeze lemon juice on your affected areas just before bed and you’ll see the results in just a few days. It does sting but it’s so effective it’s worth it! Draw out the impurities from your lesions using castor oil. Apply on the (clean) area with a cotton ball or gauze.
Supplementation with vitamins/minerals is essential. Vitamin C will increase your immunity and reduce your skin’s inflammatory response. Take Vitamin A and E to improve your skin health, and 90 mg of Zinc Glutonate daily for a marked improvement in your HS symptoms. You can also bath for up to 20 minutes in Epsom Salts to improve your healing process.
3) Change your Lifestyle and Try Home Remedies:
- Try to avoid sweating in the affected areas
- Wear loose fitting clothes to avoid chafing
- Keep hydrated with 8 glasses of water a day
- Keep your skin hygienic and clean
- Avoid picking or scratching your nodules
- Avoid shaving in affected areas
- Reduce or eliminate alcohol
- Use ice-packs or cold compresses as often as you like for pain relief
- You can also use baths, spas and massages in water for relief.
Try these suggestions and you are sure to reduce inflammation and experience relief from the painful symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa. It is also essential to look at your weight to heal from HS: See ‘The importance of being at a healthy weight for HS recovery‘.