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Although in moderate to severe cases of Hidradenitis suppurativa, patients need to rely on aggressive therapies like surgery and laser therapy, patients can help themselves by trying natural treatments to reduce the chance of having an HS flare-up.

Deep into our investigation of hidradenitis suppurativa by now, we have learned that this is a very hard disease for patients to cope with and treat. Patients with HS should expect to have recurrent inflammation of their apocrine glands that will be worse in a patient's underarms, groin area, and anal region.  Hidradenitis suppurativa treatment is mandatory to avoid long-term consequences like scars and unsightly blemishes [1]. As we have seen in previous investigations, hidradenitis suppurativa treatment with lasers and with surgery are ways patients can try to manage their symptoms [2]. Unfortunately, even these efforts can lead to relapses of symptoms so this is a condition quite challenging to treat. Another way that you can try to manage these symptoms would be through natural treatments for hidradenitis suppurativa. So is there a way to reduce flare-ups and pain episodes and help patients regain a sense of normality in their life? 

Keep your skin dry 

Studies have not been able to pinpoint exactly why HS occurs, but we do know that there tends to be an association between HS flare-ups and clogged pores. It is imperative that patients that suffer from HS do their best to make sure they avoid wearing sweaty clothing for a longer period of a time. Clogged pores can lead to bacterial infections that will eventually become abscesses if they are not treated and removed. Anytime a patient has wet skin, whether, after a shower or a dip in the pool, it is essential that the patient do whatever they can to dry out the skin. Long-acting deodorants would be another beneficial method to help keep the skin dry

Anecdotal stories suggest that even talcum powder under the arms and areas where skin makes contact with skin (like around your thighs or if a patient is obese) could help prevent the occurrence of more flare-ups of HS. It won't treat it but at least you won't have to deal with it as often. [3]

Turmeric May be Beneficial 

Another one of the natural treatments for Hidradenitis suppurativa that patients may benefit from would be using turmeric powder as an agent to help against HS. Studies show that turmeric can be grounded into a powder and applied on your skin to fight against bacterial and fungal infections that could occur. Studies have also proved that turmeric can act as an anti-inflammatory which could help reduce the pain and swelling often associated with HS. [4]

When looking at what is occurring in patients suffering from HS on a microscopic level, it appears that there are significant elevations in immune complexes like TNF-alpha, interleukin-1beta, caspase-1, and IL-10; all of which promote inflammation and tissue death. Oddly enough, turmeric is a compound that has been found to inhibit TNF-alpha and numerous interleukins directly. If you use turmeric in a powdered form, you can stop inflammation from occurring entirely. To further boost the credibility of this compound, it is now being considered to be a potential ingredient in new-age preparations for compounds hopefully able to treat HS. [5]

Try a nice warm bleach bath 

When it comes to chronic skin inflammations, a standard recommendation that dermatologists suggest to patients would be taking baths with dilute amounts of bleach in it. Due to the chronic nature of HS, patients may become too dependent on topical antibiotics. This form of medication is a very weak strain of the antibiotic and resistance is quite common after a few years due to mutations in the bacterial families. Bleach can provide an alternative option for patients who have a chronic skin condition because it is more potent and will kill superficial bacteria like S. aureus and S. epidermidis commonly found on the surface of the skin. [6] Studies show that after one month of bleach baths, the bacterial flora density can be reduced by up to 50 percent on the surface of the skin so it will be less likely to have bacterial flare-ups to occur [7]. 

Aloe vera may make things better 

When you do have a flare-up, another of the hidradenitis suppurativa treatment options that a patient can use would be aloe vera, which is a compound that has a long track-record in medicine as being a potential aid when it comes to cutaneous wounds on the surface of the skin. Aloe vera can be helpful in patients because it opens pores. Not only will open pores help drain pus and debris in the skin without causing abscess formation, it can also help topical medications get deeper into the hair follicles to help treat the disease. [8]

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