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Armpit boils

Armpit boils can be caused by a condition called ‘hidradenitis suppurativa’, which affects about 1-4% of the population. In fact, if you’ve had boils in your armpit on more than five occasions, it is very likely to be hidradenitis. Typically, if you have hidradenitis you will develop about two painful boils a month, each of which takes about a week to go away, although some people are more badly affected. In really severe cases, boils may be present all the time.

Hidradenitis is not primarily an infection, so you cannot pass it on to anyone else and you will not spread it to other parts of your own body by touch.

What causes hidradenitis?

Hidradenitis is caused by blockage of the hair follicles. Once blocked, the hair follicle becomes inflamed and swells up into a nasty, painful, large boil. Bacteria may move in and make the inflammation worse. These are just the common staphylococci bacteria that many healthy people carry on their skin or in their noses.

Hidradenitis happens only in the folds of the body – almost always the armpits or groins, but sometimes the buttock folds and under the breasts. The boils do not always burst; they may just fade away.

You should not worry that it is caused by lack of hygiene – this is not the case. No one knows what the cause is. It runs in some families, so it may be partly genetic in some people. Hormones may be involved, because it is more common in women, is often worse before a woman’s period and improves after the menopause.

What to do

Try to avoid too much stress, although of course this is easier said than done. You may have already noticed that the boils tend to be worse if you are stressed, so it makes sense to be as ‘laid back’ as you can.

Stop smoking. Hidradenitis is more common in smokers, so most experts recommend that you should give up smoking.

What about deodorants?I didn’t know whether deodorants can worsen hidradenitis, so I asked Dr Jan von der Werth, Consultant Dermatologist at Lincoln County Hospital, UK, who is an expert on hidradenitis. "A few of my patients report that deodorants make it worse, but for most people they don’t cause any problem," he said.

If you have a flare-up you may find that a hot bath or applying a hot flannel is helpful.

See your doctor.Next time you have a flare-up you should see your doctor, to check you really have hidradenitis. If it is very painful, your doctor might give you corticosteroid tablets for 3 or 4 days. Lancing the boil is not a good idea, because it often makes the condition worse. And a short course of antibiotics doesn’t usually help.

Your doctor can refer you to a dermatologist (skin specialist) for advice about long-term treatment. Ideally, your doctor should try to find a dermatologist who is particularly interested in the condition and knows all the treatment options.

Some treatment options.There are several possibilities, and what works for one person may be useless for someone else.

  • A hormone pill is sometimes used.
  • For some people, a long-term tetracycline-type or erythromycin-type antibiotic is beneficial, or a clindamycin cream, even though the basic cause of the condition is not an infection. "We don’t really know why these long-term antibiotics are so helpful in some cases," says Dr von der Werth. "It is probably not simply their antibacterial action. They probably have a separate anti-inflammatory action." After stopping an antibiotic, the problem may return so it is not an absolute cure - it just holds it at bay.
  • Retinoid drugs (as used in acne) can have an excellent result, but need very careful thought. The dermatologist would not prescribe it for a woman if there was any possibility that she could become pregnant because it damages the developing foetus.
  • ‘Anti-TNF drugs’, such as infliximab, can help some people. These are a newish type of drug, sometimes used in severe skin conditions where there is inflammation. The treatment is complicated, because the drug has to be infused into a vein and repeated every month or two (MIMS Dermatology 2010;6(3):46-8). Therefore it would be tried only in severe cases, and more research is needed to see how effective it really is.
  • Surgery is an option if your condition is really severe. The surgeon would aim to get rid of the hair follicles in the area by taking away a large piece of skin and letting it scar as it heals. Unfortunately, after surgery the boils reappear at a new site in about a quarter of people (MIMS Dermatology 2010;6(3):46-8).
  • Laser surgery or freezing (cryotherapy) therapy is another method of destroying the follicles.

Written by: Margaret Stearn
Edited by: Margaret Stearn
Last updated: Friday, December 2nd 2011

 


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Posted by LeKree on 30/05/2017 at 04:17

Gee, thanks I thought it was serious but it turns out to be just another inflamed hair follicle. Thanks for the heads up :)

Posted by saikiran on 15/05/2017 at 10:36

I have the same problem i hav 2 boils under armpits..

Posted by Vickz on 04/04/2017 at 11:19

I suffer very badly with boils and literally at the end of my teather with them I have them all under my arms that scar very badly also at the side of my breasts and the top of my leg nothing I do seems to help I have also struggled with acne since about 19 years old

Posted by Optional on 17/03/2017 at 01:20

Yeah me too I have chronic hidradenitis supperativa! Antiobiotic definitely do not work....I've been on a long dose treatment for one full year and NOTHING changed. Tried accutane for 6 months and DON'T DO IT!!!! Left me with more boils (7) at one time....made me a diabetic to boot! Hot compressing is the only thing that helps when I can't stand it anymore...I have not taken a bath in more than 30 years. Was advised to shower only....I also was told to put Fucidin antibiotics ointment in the front part of my nostrils. Have had Remicade treatment for 6 months, with no improvement. If I could just share this info with you all about bandages....I cried and cried for many years and even stopped working because of the bandages....was afraid one would fall to the ground at work and embarrass me...I used bounty scott towels until finally after 30 years of this crap ask my doctor to teach me a way to bandage myself....he sends me to a bandaging clinic...that hAS been the best gift of my HS life....please please try to get this prescribed to you by your doctor....MEPILEX with safety technology (MOLNLYCKE HEALTH CARE manufacturing...AMAZING, I now dress and go out worry free. I pray for you all to get this...they may be applied everywhere...even for men under testicules! If you are refused this product go online and contact this company and a representative from your area will contact you....Fight for it and you will get it PEACE GOOD LUCK

Posted by Optional on 15/03/2017 at 08:26

I have two/three tiny and big boils both of my arm pit . Some time it bursts , some time it become smaller , some time it fade away. But I noticed frequent appearance of boils in both the arm pits in every months. Can you please advise.

Posted by Optional on 09/01/2017 at 06:06

I have boil they first started on my thigh then my groin then my butox my stomach where my pants where around my waisst my armpits just a few. Now under my breast im so embarress ... Ive try all kinds of meds like , staff injections ...i wish there was a cure now my daughters r going threw it...

Posted by Shanna on 08/01/2017 at 08:47

This is very informative....I am so use to the pain from the boil now. You wouldn't believe the amount of pain that I have been through...I have a boil now and it feels like hell..I have been getting these boils now for the past 8 years and they only appeared understand my armpit...But now I know that it is cause from hormone imbalance.. Whenever I eat too much chicken the boils appears..I am so frastrated because I live alone, I have to work and I am a full-time med student...As of today I am strictly a vegetarian..

Posted by I DON'T KNOW on 04/12/2016 at 05:07

My armpit hurts and I looked under and it feels like a bump i's it a boil or could it be something else?

Posted by Optional on 13/08/2016 at 10:43

Sometimes when I get a really painful boil it is accompanied by a nervous feeling. I actually feel like a panic attack is starting but the feeling can last for days. Does anyone else have this problem?

Posted by Optional on 08/08/2016 at 10:43

OMG! I have been suffering from this for years! I've been to specialists, had them cleaned out and drained, taken every antibiotic out there. Been tested for tropical diseases and no doctors could figure out what was wrong with me! My husband came across this article! I definitely have a severe case of it because I suffer from multiple boils at ALL times. Always either in my armpits, groin area or under the breasts. Or, all 3 places at the same time! I had to quit working because I was in constant pain and couldn't move freely. The doctor told me that I need to continue to care for them the way I have been. Here's what I do... 1. If you have a bump (even if it's not flared up and sore) DO NOT put on deodorant! It does irritate them and only make them worse. I know how awful this is for us in the summer time because we naturally sweat, which will eventually create a BO smell. When leaving the house for a long period of time, keep sensitive skin baby wipes on you so you can go to the bathroom and wipe your pits clean periodically and then put on a fresh bandage. 2. KEEP THEM BANDAGED at all times! It's hard to find bandages for these places of the body so I suggest using round breast pads (for breastfeeding mothers.) They fit perfectly under the breast and the bra keeps them in place. They're excellent for the armpit too because you just fold it under the armpit. When and if the boil breaks, the pad won't stick to the open wound but do gently pull it away when you change it. If the boil is on the panty line or where the pubic hair is, place a breast pad there as well just so it won't get more irritated. 3. SOAK them in the hottest water you can stand for a min. of 10 mins at a time. If you're unable to soak, run a cloth under extremely hot water and apply it gently to the boil and keep it there for a good 10 mins. Or stand in the shower and have the hot water running over the boil. Keep doing this until it comes to a head and breaks. 4. When it feels like someone is "pinching" the boil and it has stabbing pinching pains, this is a good sign that it's ready to come to a head and break. For me? They'll generally break while I'm sleeping. Always sleep with bandages or you'll wake up to a pussy yucky mess. Strangely enough I had one break on me this afternoon. 5. REST! Don't overly use the arms if your armpits are covered in boils. For example, don't be cleaning the house and worrying about stuff that needs to be done. Every time you move, it can flare up worse. I've had to learn this the hard way...over and over. Please take my advice when it comes to resting. If you have help available, take it! 6. SLEEPING...we all know how much fun it is trying to sleep with a painful boil...it just doesn't happen. I've had 4 sleepless nights and half hour naps here and there because the pain is just too awful. Use pillows in the bed to prop your arms up so you can get as comfortable as possible. 7. BE CAREFUL SHAVING. In the very likely rare case that I don't have any boils on my armpits, (because they've flared up somewhere else) I will happily shave. Definitely soap up the arm pit really well and use a good sharp razor. DO NOT shave up, only down. You won't get a nice clean shave but at least you'll be able to wear deodorant and a sleeveless shirt. 8. Don't take antibiotics if you don't have too. Treat the boils as best as you can. They will come and go and antibiotics are only a temporary relief of symptoms. Pick and choose when to take them. For example, I went to get antibiotics for the boils yesterday because I want to be able to go to the lake next week and swim off the boat...not have to sweat like a pig in a full t-shirt...with no deodorant and painful boils. This IS an embarrassing illness to live with! Thanks to this article, I see I am not alone and neither are you! If the boil becomes unmanageable (extremely large) and isn't showing any signs of breaking within a week, go to your doctor. It might need to be broken and drained. This can be done at a walk in clinic as well. I HIGHLY suggest avoiding having an armpit boil lanced if it isn't necessary...it is by far the most painful experience I've ever had in my 38 years. I've had them lanced from my breast and groin and the pain didn't even compare to the armpit. God bless everyone!

Posted by Bree on 26/07/2016 at 06:03

Have you any information that boilX works?

Posted by Optional on 25/07/2016 at 11:36

After having the boils in my armpit,I feel like my blood isnt circulating down my palm well, is this an effect of boils?

Posted by Optional on 14/06/2016 at 09:52

I shaved one time in the shower and when I got out I used my husband's ax deodorant (I had just ran out), then bam! I've been getting these abscess under the same armpit ever since. I blamed the deodorant but bought more of my ban right away. I've been using it since I hit puberty without any problems. Plus I have super sensitive skin, with hand dermititus that crusts and pusses and is seriously nasty and exzema. How many skin conditions can one person have? It can ruin even an optimistic persons view on how to live life.

Posted by Optional on 10/06/2016 at 06:02

Use gel deodorant. I started having abscess under my armpit about 2 years ago. I shaved and put on deodorant like normal. Same deodorant I had been using for years. The razor was a little old so I assumed I cut myself and it became infected, but that was not the case, as it would go down then come back. I switched to sensitive skin deodorant, but it showed no change. It later occurred to me that the deodorant was blocking my pores, therefore causing the swelling that was the abscess. The gel deodorant does not clog the pores but, in fact soaks in the skin. I've also found that the gel deodorant last longer than powder deodorant. I use Secret Outlast completely clear, clear gel. Hope this helps, good luck!

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2016 at 04:29

I have a boil under my right arm now very painful, I know that mime comes from drinking soda or anything with acid in it, If I drink a soda I have to drink two glasses of water behind it so I wont get a boil I just forgot this time it was cranberry juice that caused this one, and if you have a bump under your arm do not touch it, that's what I did and that helped bring it on, I also know a small piece of stake will help bring it to a head fast, heat, skin from inside an egg, I use to get them so often I got good at bringing them to a head in one day using what I mention above with a heating pad, went to the doctor one time and he just drained it and the core was still in there so that's why it came back, you have to get that white core out for it to heal correctly and not return, it takes a couple days two or three after drinking the soda.

Posted by Optional on 04/06/2016 at 05:53

I have gotten boils on & off since in my 20's. Moist heat & black tar salve seem to help soften & break the boil so it will drain. I do have to warn you tho the salve will stain your clothes so I usually only use it at home. The salve should be at most drug stores & the pharmacist can help direct you on where to find it. Good luck!

Posted by Sharkene on 17/05/2016 at 10:11

My first outbreak was when I was 21 after the birth of my child. The doctor said that I would outgrow them. This week , I had a lot going on in my life. I broke out in a cluster under my arm. Wow, what pain. When they break the pain goes away. I continue to break out even at the age of 80. Yes, they are genetic. My mother, aunt , and daughter have and had them Nasty things!!

Posted by Malikh on 10/05/2016 at 03:32

This info is very helpful I've been to multiple doctors and they were basically clueless

Posted by Sharon on 28/04/2016 at 04:51

I have lumps under my left arm and one burst open. How do I treat this? It is very painful

Posted by Optional on 16/04/2016 at 05:59

I recently moved to a another country for study purposes.ts now my second year here. I used to have armpit boils when I was still young and the last time I had them was wen I was 8 years. But ever since then they haven't occurred till last year and from then they keep occurring till now. What could be the cause?. I have been treated several times but they keep reccuring.

Posted by Optional on 18/03/2016 at 12:24

I stated getting boils on my arm pits since 13. Any time i shave OR put deodorant on these things pop up and are extfemely painful. I cant wear perfume either because of allergies, and body wash triggers these as well. What the heck am I to do? I've tried all but the extreme methods :(

Posted by Gennie Nova on 27/02/2016 at 09:24

lincocin capsule can dry d boil too

Posted by Kenneth on 09/02/2016 at 05:23

i have just had a boil in my ampit for about a week ago, and still not gone am suffering, k can't sleep in night and it's gets big anytime i wake-up. its my first time. so i your help.

Posted by Jim on 22/01/2016 at 08:29

sounds great,but of all the above mentioned posible causes,deodorant is the only that i use and i've been using deo for many years now.the condition just began in december 2015 and am having them like every week.can it be cos of what i eat?cos lately av been alot of eggs.thanks

Posted by Georgy on 21/01/2016 at 09:02

The writeup was very helpful now i know ways of solving my armpit boils.

Posted by Janine on 17/01/2016 at 05:36

I had a boil in October last year and in November as well. the first time I went to the clinic and was given antibiotics. now I'm having it again on the same armpit. ..so painful and I start to wonder why it is repeating itself :(

Posted by Optional on 13/01/2016 at 02:19

I got my first boil from shaving, about a year or so ago. Since then I've had to deal with them on and off, but they seem to be getting worse. My doctor told me that my deodorant (Secret) was a part of the problem- so I haven't really worn deodorant in a year--currently I'm using ACV (diluted) and baking soda to prevent getting smelly. Also (as I am a heavyset woman) at night I lay with my arms up for a while so my pits can get some air. I pray that they're getting better.

Posted by kayla on 09/01/2016 at 02:55

Hi. I think everybody should try dry brushing their skin to increase blood flow circulation and do lymphatic drainage It improves the skin as a whole. Also rubbing alcohol after you shower twice a day might work for you and coconut oil after you shower. hope you get well soon using these methods.

Posted by sissylala on 14/11/2015 at 06:37

I recently was bitten by a brown spider. I took some antibiotics since I have had full blown psoriasis all over plus I have a boil under my armpit I'm trying real hard to get well . The quality of my life is becoming very seriously affected.

Posted by tata on 06/11/2015 at 11:02

My boil just came up put of no where. I noticed.It had came up about a week from now so I'm asking what should I do to get rid of it.

Posted by Angel on 11/10/2015 at 12:08

Oh my God the pain is so killing.Had boil when i was 8yrs but just came back again.i think l inherited it from my mum.

Posted by Optional on 23/09/2015 at 05:50

I went to my doctor, and he made a cut of about 2cm. Nothing came out. I didn't feel well at all and couldn't use my arm. I went back to my gp. Again he made a cut. I must say I have been on antibiotics since the first cut. The boil is healing fine but I have pains in my arm down to my hand. I keep on feeling sick like flu simptomes. I get nauseated at least once a day. Is this normal? It has been 3 weeks from the first visit to the doctor.

Posted by JustMe on 13/09/2015 at 12:03

LeLe, always talk to your parents about your medical stuff. You get your genes from them, so one of them has had the same problems as you.

Posted by Optional on 10/09/2015 at 01:25

Painful recurring boils under the arm, breast or in the groin could be Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Information and support for this can be found at www.hstrust.org/info

Posted by Lele on 29/08/2015 at 06:27

I've been experiencing these boils under my armpits for the longest! I'm 17 now, and I believe they started to appear when I was about 11; so for nearly 6 years. Then, just a couple of years ago, I've developed them under my breast, and these ones can be extremely painful at times! I can't even wash myself up properly nor sleep comfortably because of them, and they just won't go away! D; I really wish I could go to a clinic by myself and get checked out, cause I really don't feel comfortable talking to my parents about this..

Posted by lilian on 27/07/2015 at 08:19

its over two months I have been having this very painful and head boils under my armpit, that have refuced to go, after taken one and half card of ampiclus, and using hot compressor on it, please what ease should I do. the pains is very sevia.

Posted by Optional on 22/07/2015 at 09:09

Am satisfied with the information provided,all my questions are answer.. Hoe about prevention?

Posted by Optional on 18/07/2015 at 06:20

Antibacterial soap....it works.....scrub with it....even the boils that are already there..hot compresses

Posted by Optional on 17/07/2015 at 07:03

I have had these since I was in my early 20s. I never found a solution until I started dry brushing my body. Learn how to dry brush to increase blood circulation and do lymphatic drainage. You can find it on the web. What used to take weeks to go away and would oftentimes be pus-filled and painful, now never develops or goes away within a couple of days. the dry brushing helps improve your skin as a whole, you'll see the difference right away.

Posted by Optional on 26/06/2015 at 10:53

i have been getting boils and ive went to the er and the doctor gave me this sweat ointment and its not worth the time and or the money!!!! went they start to flare up under my armpits its so painful. the worst part is having to be shy about my armpits and what I wear to make sure nobody will she the nasty boils!!!! :(

Posted by Thami on 26/06/2015 at 06:17

I've been suffering a big deal of armpit boils lately, for about a month, i used face-clothe (towel) deepened it in purely clean warm bath water frequently, i could lay it on an affected area for a minute and repeatedly so, i agree warming does work, i found relief not long after, now i am free.

Posted by Optional on 24/06/2015 at 03:43

I keep getting the most painful boils under my arm. They hurt so bad! The doctor said for me to think about laser hair removal or removing the gland from under my armpit. I haven't worn deodorant in days but this boil is still very much present and painful. I will NEVER shave again if these boils will just go away forever! I'm so tired of my armpits hurting.

Posted by Galen on 16/06/2015 at 04:14

I used Old Spice since before I can remember, but recently started with Lavilin. It’s long-lasting and all-natural, so I figured it was worth a shot. Been pretty good so far.

Posted by Optional on 06/06/2015 at 02:09

I have gotten boils for 8 years now, Just had an argument with the doctor at the hospital, He wanted to repeat what the past doctors tried to do "antibiotics" and obviously nothing worked. may be I have "Hidradenitis Suppurativa", so am going to try an elimination diet for Autoimmune patients, its gonna be tough but better than a surgery, here's a good article http://thepaleodiet.com/part-i-hidradenitis-suppurativa-and-the-paleo-diet/

Posted by Optional on 20/05/2015 at 02:27

I just had to get an incision and drainage for the boil I had yesterday, I am going to use different deodorant, I pray to god it never comes back, and I am definitely going to avoid smoking cigarettes.

Posted by Optional on 04/05/2015 at 10:19

Update! The boils on my armpit weren't typical boils! For any that get boils that are super painful... You must go to a doctor! They did a culture on mine and confirmed staph infection... The worst one out there! You can die from MRSA and they do have the exact symptoms as a typical boil! So be warned! They're glad they did a culture (getting these for 3 years) and they say it's super hard to kill! So be smart, MRSA is a disease you don't want to mess with!

Posted by rachell on 02/05/2015 at 03:31

I have gotten boils for 24 years.... i use tumeric and castor oil mixed and they drain in a couple hrs!!! i also started taking tumeric capsules to prevent them from coming back.. i would also suggest taking vitamin A it helps your immune system fight them..i hope this helps

Posted by Optional on 26/04/2015 at 02:39

I tried tea tree oil but I ended up getting burned on my armpit. I've had quite a few since I got pregnant in 2011 and it seems they never go away. I even went to the hospital and got 2 of the lanced while 1 of them was healing. The Dr who cut them open kept asking me if I get these continously and obviously the answer is yes. The one I have now started out matching my skin tone but with a white ring around it. At first I thought it could be ringworm and it made me nervous but it swelled up so fast in 24 hours. I looked before it swelled up and got red and there is no infected hair that I see. And I get these just before my cycle and they get worse after but only in the spring through the fall. Never in the winter. So I'm trying warm compresses and this time dilute tea tree oil. I used dove and secret deodorant so I'm gonna try coconut oil. And I also got this expensive stuff called seacret (www.seacretspa.com) it's supposed to help out so I'm going to try it this time.

Posted by Optional on 18/03/2015 at 12:44

I have been experiencing boils for over 10 years now I am a smoker Which I hear is one of the causes also, but I notice for me under my armpit WHAT help me keep them down is to after showering I take rubbing alcohol and rub my armpits dwn twice daily I guess it kinda dries your armpits or something NOT really sure but it helps me

Posted by Couflurben on 14/03/2015 at 11:51

Just wanted to say people that I was having the same problem, and found out it was the deodorant causing me problems. I was having boils in all the places where I was putting deodorant. Then, a few days ago my mom suggested that I use coconut oil. I was like what? Eww that's gross who puts oil on their armpits? But seriously, it is the best thing I've EVER used. I have been using some on the boils along with using it as deodorant and it is ah-mazing!!!! I dont get musty anymore and my underarms dont itch non stop like they used to. I realized the secret deodorant i was using made my underarms itch all day and make the boils worse. The coconut oil really works. I love it and will continue using it for the rest of my life. I got my oil from trader joes too and it smells soooo heavenly

Posted by Optionalangie on 23/02/2015 at 05:03

I had a small boil under armpit for about 5 months then suddenly in few days it grew large and painful, I put hot water compress for a couple of days and now its disappearing. Thank God.

Posted by Alecia on 02/02/2015 at 12:02

About six weeks ago I got a large painful boil on my right armpit. I used hot compresses and was able to bring it to a head enough that when I pierced it with a needle enough pus drained out to relieve the pain. In a few days this boil cleared up and went away. About a week later I got another one in the left armpit right in the center. This one got much larger than the first and would not come to a head with the hot compresses, the pain was terrible. I finally went to the ER and the dr lanced it and packed it, this process was very painful and cost nearly $500. As soon as that one cleared up I started to developed a cluster of boils all around the site of previous one and I now have 6 or 7 large boils on this armpit, the pain is so bad at times I want to just cry. I can't afford to go to the dr again as I am unemployed and have no insurance. But I can't bear this pain much longer. Please someone tell me what I can do to make these go away and stay away!!

Posted by Becky on 26/01/2015 at 10:19

I had a boil when i was 4yrs, i never experienced it until recently a boil developed in my armpit, i need help because it's really painful.

Posted by Bruce on 22/01/2015 at 11:31

Hi, Even i am facing the same problem, i smoke regularly and drink occasionally. whenever i drink this boils occurs very fast and causes lot of pain. I use Turmeric and Garlic to get rid of them, after few days it starts again. I am suffering it from last 5 years and its really emabarrasing. My suggestiom would be contact and physician and take the required medication. I suspect even if the boils is opened, there will some part of puss remained in the boil and it will reoccur again. its better to get it opened and get it cleaned. this will be the best things to get rid of this. I am going to Doctor and i will post my comments again who the treatment happened.

Posted by Optional on 21/01/2015 at 09:00

I didn't get boils till i got pregnant

Posted by miss p on 11/01/2015 at 04:36

i think i have found what i was looking for

Posted by Lily on 05/01/2015 at 06:23

This information is very helpful

Posted by Optional on 31/12/2014 at 10:22

I've been getting these boils for about two years they come off and on I have one as a size of a golf ball and its terribally painful I wanna go to the hospital but I'm afraid it will just come right back can any one help please advice

Posted by Optional on 18/12/2014 at 10:33

I been getting boils for more than 5 yrs and I can't wear deorderant I tried every kind of deorderant even tried to make my own and soon I it it on the next day I get a boil it huts really ban I'm in the nursing field and it so embarrassing.. I have gotten them lanced over the year but my doctor told me not to do it anymore what can I do. Please help

Posted by Optional on 13/12/2014 at 10:41

This perfectly explains my condition as I use anti bacterial soap and it doesn't help, boils come and go on weekly or 2 weekly basis, what increased the appearing of boils is smoking for me. Boils sometimes fade away but in places like Gorin because I'm fat on walking become big news painful and blast away, turmeric powder mix with water helped me get rid of boils n pain in such cases, I want to try drinking turmeric with milk or something as its anti bacterial but mom won't allow as it increases body heat

Posted by Anonymous on 21/11/2014 at 04:57

There's this website I beat HS.com and the women that wrote this article had hs and got complete healing! I tried it and I also got complete healing after 5 years of suffering so I urge anyone to try it. No more embarrassing boils under my arms and groin!

Posted by Optional on 19/11/2014 at 02:32

I've been getting these boils under my armpit for 2 years, I have a collection of them under my arm now... it's about 5/6, and they keep getting bigger. This is by far the worst flare up yet, I can't put my arm down. Its so embarrassing, I try to act like everything is ok, but it's impossible... my arm is always raised. When I even try to put it down, Its like unbearable pain. They don't look like they're ready to pop either. =/ I usually put a hot tea bag on the area and it relieves swelling, boil ease, but I've learned from this one boil ease don't always work. Lol Please, what can I do??? I'm miserable... trying to avoid going to the doctor because I'm already in debt for other doctor visits... they gave me antibiotics, like bactrim and something else and neither one did anything for me. Waste of time cdc and money. It hurts so bad!!!!!! Help me!!!!!!!!

Posted by Optional on 14/11/2014 at 03:49

I had reoccurring boils in both armpits. They were very painful & irritating. I read about taking turmeric capsules & applying tea tree oil topically. This took away the pain & healed the boils very quickly. I read about it on a website called Earthclinic. Hope this helps those suffering, I haven't had a boil in years!

Posted by Optional on 07/11/2014 at 05:19

Try tea tree oil. Works magically.

Posted by Optional on 05/11/2014 at 06:48

Iget boils under my left armpit every two weeks as one bursts and then starts healing another one starts appearing in another place this has been happening for two years. Doctor referd me to the hospital to have an operation. I do not feel like having the operation as they can not guareente that the boils will not appear again. Any advice is wellcomed. Thankyou.

Posted by Optional on 04/11/2014 at 08:20

Thanks for that useful information

Posted by Optional on 27/10/2014 at 04:23

Thanks for info I will visit a doctor. ..

Posted by hon on 20/10/2014 at 06:54

I been having this problem since I was 12no Dr. Could tell me what it was until last year.

Posted by Optional on 19/10/2014 at 10:16

I've had armpit boils since my teens. They USD to go away by themselves. Sometimes it could take a month or so to get better. When I was 54 I got one that lasted for 9 months. I couldn't stand it and went to the doctor where he scheduled a surgery and it was cut out. He stuffed the area he buzzed and left a Gail for drainage j had to change everyday. That was my fight armpit. I haven't had a problem with if since. Now my right arm is getting armpit cysts. It got to be to bothersome in July a d I went to the DR for them to excuse it. It was the worst experience I ever had. Very painful. This doctor did bot pack the incision, just bandAged it up. The end of September (2.5 months later I get another cyst right arm. My doctor said it wasn't ver big. Duh, of course I knew that. I also knew it was going to get bigger. He gave me a prescription for Bactrum. That script has never worked for me, but I thought I'd try it because it's small, it might work and it did for one week. Now I have it again. I will probably get it cut out like my right side. I'm definitely going to try laser removal first. Getting them cut out is extremely torturous. Also, don't let the DR doctor do it. You need to be put asleep for this. I also thing the dermatologist is more thorough when removing and packing the area. It needs to drain to get all the pus out. One more thing. Do not use deodorant and don't shave that area. From experience, this is what has set mine off.

Posted by Sammy on 27/09/2014 at 08:53

Today i tasted the sweetness of a boil, wished if the earth could burst and hide my Armpit. my first experience.. saw a doctor who did a surgery by cutting and removd some milliliters of pus....am scared of getting boils. People says that too much food like Avocado, Blue Band can easily cause boils????Anyone to help

Posted by Rosalie on 16/09/2014 at 04:15

I always get a painful boil the size of a walnut on my armpit. It usually becomes inflamed after I shave. I thought it was a cyst at first because it feels kinda firm. Its squishy on top. I managed to pop it once and brown pus came out. I thought that was the end of it but its come out 3 more times since then :(

Posted by Optional on 15/09/2014 at 04:25

I have had these for almost a year now. My doctor said I should try the surgery where they remove the underarm glands, but I heard it is not 100% curable. I cannot use any type of deodorant and I also cannot shave which is VERY frustrating. My armpits have become so sensitive that if any little thing like lotion gets on them, they will become inflamed almost instantly. I don't know what else to do, when I get the boils they are very painful to the point where I cannot lift my arm. I don't understand why I got them all of a sudden. My armpits are starting to look disfigured because of all the boils that pop up frequently. I have tried antibiotics and they did not work. Please, if anyone knows of the best solution let me know. Thanks

Posted by a on 12/09/2014 at 05:04

I get the armpit boil every time I shave under my arm I've even tried changing razors each time I shave my armpits.. But it never fails this large soar lump appears after each shave... Any ideas.

Posted by Boils Affected on 11/09/2014 at 10:51

I have the same problems 6 boils on armpit and I clean it with warm cloth soaking it and i rub chilly around it which will kill bacteria and it will burst out within 1-2 weeks if its painful take some pain killer and it will help you

Posted by Becky on 29/08/2014 at 01:52

This article is helpful. Thanks

Posted by Optional on 15/08/2014 at 06:35

I have been getting boil's on my underarm for a couple months now and its affecting me really bad not too painful but still is in the way.

Posted by Optional on 05/08/2014 at 07:16

I find that applying PRID works wonders and helps fade away boils. Mine are genetic and I work out all during the week so after showering and applying PRID to clean skin is working for me

Posted by Optional on 23/07/2014 at 01:08

started with one spot and has advanced to more that four....washing, hot compresses and antibotic cream. Am I missing anything?

Posted by Optional on 09/07/2014 at 06:59

Thank you very much. This article is very useful... thanks again..

Posted by mau on 17/06/2014 at 07:17

am having this boil all d time at the two armpit. I used to take antibiotic but is not working. Please tell me d best way to treat it and medication to use

Posted by mdb on 25/05/2014 at 08:01

it seems like everytime I wear jeanswhere my belt is pressed up against my waistline I start to form boils. Is it the metal from the buttons

Posted by margi on 24/05/2014 at 08:26

am pregnant,16weeks,have a painful boil on my arm pit ,what can I do,dat does not involve hospital.tanks

Posted by Optional on 03/12/2013 at 06:16

I stii get these abses under my arm sometimes it hard to liift my arm up and it also itches alot what should i do or use to stop the itch.

Posted by 18 on 11/07/2013 at 02:28

God knows the pain i xperiance . . . . Got the tips . . . . Now i'm freely moving my arm pit around. . . . . . . . .

Posted by faith smith on 05/07/2013 at 05:25

I believe i have this . my son and my mother and grandmother and I all suffer from boils as described. Ive had several removed and so have they and my son is only four. The worst areas for me are under my arms which I only get when I use deoderant antiperspirants. They appear within hours. Even if only wear it as little as eight hours and wash with antibacterial soap asap. Every time. The Dr gives me about two weeks of a really strong antibiotic and they go away. With the meds they always have to be cut out.I was using a natural salt deoderant but it made my sodium high and I started having heart palpitations. I have a slight murmur so its not unusual. Now I need to find a low/no sodium deoderantwithout aluminum. I am allergic to metals. All except titanium/surgical steel

Posted by Optional on 03/05/2013 at 11:17

I have serious case of underarm boils which has been going on for years. I have taken lots antibiotic and had also surgically removed it but somehow it grew back. Please help me my life is nolonger worth living bcos of these boils

Posted by rohan singh on 27/03/2013 at 10:18

I exercise 5days a week,for 1 1/2hours,I tend to develop boils in both my armpits....

Posted by Optional on 19/07/2012 at 01:40

I have suffered with hs for the last 14 years.I have attended dermatalogists & have gone to every clinic in the country been on diets .I found a combination of 2 antibiotics taken together worked for awhile 1 for t.b. & the other for an infected gut but the only thing that cured me was giving up smoking and attending the Jan de Vries clinic he saved me from this terrible disease with his unique combination of herbs.I have been free of hs for the last 2 years thank God. There are solutions out there never give up .

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