Honey is the strongest natural antibiotic and has special antibacterial properties. When applied directly on skin, it reduces inflammation and facilitates the healing process.
Also, it works as a gentle yet deep cleanser, so scarring will not occur on affected area.
- Dip a cotton ball in honey, preferably manuka honey.
- Apply it generously on the affected area.
- Leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes.
- Wash it off with lukewarm water.
- Repeat 3 or 4 times a day for effective results.
10. Anti-Inflammatory Foods
Apart from the above mentioned remedies, you need to eat more anti-inflammatory foods. It will help prevent or alleviate the pain and swelling caused by this condition. According to a 2007 study published in Dermatology, zinc can work as a great anti-inflammatory for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.
- Include salmon, tuna, flaxseeds and walnuts that are high in omega-3 fats in your diet. You can also take fish oil supplements. Also, eat zinc rich foods like oyster, pumpkin seeds and spinach.
- Switch to green tea instead of coffee.
- Eat more papayas, broccoli, sweet potatoes and other leafy greens and seasonal varieties.
- Stay away from beef, wheat, tomatoes, peppers, grains and eggplant.
- If you are obese, losing weight may be the most effective way to control HS. Excess weight increases the number of areas where skin rubs together.
- Do not try to squeeze the pus out of the boils, as it may give way to an infection and delay the healing process.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes, including underwear, to reduce friction.
- Do not wear clothes with tight waistbands or form-fitting clothes, as they tend to rub against your skin and can cause HS to flare up.
- Wear clothes made of cotton, as this fabric lets your skin breathe, which in turn helps prevent excessive sweating.
- Quit smoking to reduce HS flare-ups as well as inflammation.
- Do not shave where you have breakouts, as it can further irritate the skin.