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Try these home remedies to help relieve hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms and support your self-care.
If you have hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), you may find yourself experimenting with techniques to relieve this chronic skin problem in addition to taking your HS therapies. Who can blame you for striving for a competitive advantage: According to a new study, approximately 84% of patients with HS report pain as one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with the boil-like lumps and other skin lesions that are characteristic of the inflammatory condition. To assist you, we sought specialists for science-backed, at-home cures that you may use whenever you need little additional TLC.
Recognising Your HS Pain
Whether you have a minor or severe case of HS, you may detect a pattern: When lumps (called nodules) develop, they feel sensitive at first, then burn and throb as they swell. According a study, this can produce varied levels of pain, but the terms most commonly used to describe it by persons with HS include “shooting,” “itchy,” or “blinding.” Of course, your first line of defense against pain is to take the medications prescribed by your doctor. The home cures listed below can also be helpful.
Maintain Your Skin-Care Routine
Above all, “it’s important to maintain a healthy skin-care regimen,” says Dr Adil. This is because bacteria or other micro-particles might enter an open wound, causing flare-ups and more agony. To begin, Dr Adil recommends cleaning the affected areas once a day with a light cleanser free of harsh substances such as alcohol or exfoliants. To lower the number of harmful bacteria on the skin, use an antiseptic cleanser such as neem soap regularly.
Warm compresses should be used.
According to Dr Adil, a warm compress can work wonders for pain relief. It’s simple: Warm water from the tap or tub should be applied to a clean washcloth. Make sure it’s not too hot! Wring out the excess water and apply the washcloth to the affected region for 10 minutes. The advantages are twofold: The warmth both soothes pain and encourages any sores to drain.Dr Adil recommends placing a heating pad against the affected area and wrapping it in clean fabric if it becomes too hot.
In your compress, try green or black tea.
According to our specialists, this warm compress option may sound strange, but it works. How? Green and black tea leaves contain polyphenols that combat inflammation, and the warmth of the compress aids in the drainage of pus. Steep a tea bag of green or black tea in heated water for 10 minutes (make sure it’s pure tea with no additives). “Use a soft cloth and pour the tea over it,” Dr Adil suggests. The compress drill is then repeated: Wring out the towel and apply it to the HS region for up to 10 minutes.
Perform an Epsom Salt Sitz Bath.
“If you have painful nodules in your groin or buttocks area, sitz baths can also help soothe discomfort,” Dr Adil notes. A sitz bath is a plastic seat that doubles as a mini-tub that can be placed on top of your toilet. Fill it with a few inches of warm (not hot!) water, then sit down and allow the warm water to touch your rear to ease pain, gently cleanse the area, and boost circulation, allowing it to recover more quickly, according to Dr Adil. You can also add Epsom salt to the sitz bath, which is a frequent tool in HS care. Soak for 15 minutes, then make sure to completely dry off.
Consider Taking a Zinc Supplement
According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Dermatology, patients with HS were more likely to have lower zinc levels, and those lower levels were related with increased disease severity. In fact, when the researchers gave participants with mild to severe HS 90 milligrammes (mg) of zinc daily, combined with 30 mg of nicotinamide (a water-soluble form of vitamin B3), the patients’ symptoms and pain improved significantly after 12 weeks. But, before you take any supplement, consult with your doctor to determine if this one is good for you.
Scars That Heal
Nodules that burst and drain can leave scars on the skin. According to some experts, massaging elevated scars may reduce their height and hence potential friction with clothing. Try massaging in a circular motion with your fingers twice a day for no more than five minutes per session. One important caveat: Avoid using lotion or oil. It is critical not to apply anything to exposed wounds. If your scars ache and there are no open sores, you can use ice packs.
Refresh Your Beauty Kit
It’s difficult to determine which personal care products are safe for your skin with so many on the market. Dr Adil also suggests avoiding strong deodorant components such as: Alcohol, baking soda, colours, perfumes, and parabens should all be avoided. These compounds can cause skin irritation, increase pain, and slow the healing process.
Self-Care Is Crucial
According to Dr Adil, HS can have a significant impact on your mental health, which is why self-care is so important. Because HS is an inflammatory condition, you’ll also want to manage your stress, as stress promotes inflammation. This could take the form of journaling, creating a nightly ritual, or even meditation. Meditation & Yoga has been shown in studies to not only relieve stress but also to reduce pain.
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According to Ayurveda, hidradenitis suppurativa is a cause of Kapha and Pitta dosha. When the digestive fire (Agni), or Pitta, is out of balance, the Kapha Dosha becomes vitiated, which slows down metabolism. Due to the disruption of fat molecules, they start to build up in muscles and impede bodily passageways, causing painful, swollen sores in the groin, buttocks, thighs, and armpits.
In Ayurveda, hidradenitis suppurativa Treatment is to restore the body’s natural equilibrium by detoxifying it with potent herbal therapies.
The treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa at Elite Ayurveda comprises balancing the Kapha and Pitta doshas, as well as providing harmony to the metabolism. The treatment comprises body detoxification, internal drugs to balance doshas, and external applications to heal scars.
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Medically reviewed by Dr Adil Moulanchikkal, Lead Ayurveda Specialist at EliteAyurveda Clinics. With over 15 years of experience in treating Neurological, Skin & Autoimmune Diseases.
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