Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a painful chronic skin condition affecting the armpits, groin, breasts, and anal region. These get cleared on their own but recur. They cause abscesses and scarring. These are pimple-like lesions with pus or blood leakage. Treatment includes antibiotics, retinoids, antidiabetics, steroids, and hormone-based medications. Smoking and obesity are risk factors.

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Why do pus-filled lumps in underarm get bigger on eating red grams?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from Hidradenitis supperativa (skin disease) for many years and taking antibiotics and Isotretinoin, but the issue is it is keeping on returning. Off lately, I discovered that the lump in my underarms gets exaggerated when I eat dal especially split red gram. I got my bl...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashaq Hussain Parrey

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You are suffering from furunculosis that means the infection of hair follicles. I hope your CBC (complete blood count) and blood sugar are normal. I would suggest take tablet Linezolid 600 mg morning and evening for five days and let me know after five days. I hope t...  Read Full »

What can be the cure for the break outs around my groin and vagina?

Query: Hello doctor, I am breaking out around my groin and vagina. I have never had an unsafe sex. So, I do not think it can be an STD. I am on a birth control pill. I have attached images for your reference. Kindly suggest treatment?  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern and I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I see inflammatory and swollen nodules and scarring from the healed lesions. This could be hidradenitis suppurativa which is characterized by recurring inflamma...  Read Full »

I have a cyst under my underarms area, which hurts. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have two cysts, one under either arm, and they hurt really bad and have been growing in size. I cannot move my arm without it hurting me. I have tried both hot and cold compresses, and neither has helped relieve it. This time, I have had them for a week, but it has only been hurting ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the history you have provided, cystic lesions on the underarm areas are termed hidradenitis suppurativa, which is usually an infection produced in areas where sweat and sebum secretions are more. It may be on and off and requires antibiotic treatments and remo...  Read Full »

Can getting boils under my armpits indicate hidradenitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have hidradenitis. I get these boils under my armpits that often turns into open lesions and smells sometimes. It is embarrassing and it is taking control over my life. I need help.  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, it is hidradenitis suppurativa. I can understand it is a very difficult time for you. This condition requires both medical and surgical treatment. It is the problem with hair follicles and sebaceous glands. Once the glands are out, one can have relief. Right now yo...  Read Full »

Why do I have painful and foul-smelling boils under my breast, armpit, and groin?

Query: Hello doctor, I have painful and foul-smelling boils under my breast, armpit, and groin. They burst spontaneously and leave a dark scar. The complaint started when I got my first period. They have remained dormant for many years and now have begun to re-appear. I had epileptic attacks in the past, ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nidhin Varghese

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. You have hidradenitis suppurativa. I suggest you get a gram stain of the pus done. Also, lose weight if you are overweight and quit smoking if you are a smoker. I suggest you follow the below treatment plan: Ketostar soap (Cetrimide and...  Read Full »

Why do I have a boil-like bump on my groin, armpit, and butt area?

Query: Hi doctor, I got a big, almost boil-like bumps on my groin, armpit, and butt area, but mostly in the groin that burst and drain and then turn into open sores. I forgot to mention that they leave spaces or like craters almost underneath my skin. When they finally heal, I have been tested for STDs, cu...  Read Full »

Dr. Abdel Hakam Soliman

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not squeeze or scratch your skin at these areas, but be delicate during washing and drying it. I advise the following treatment. Capsule Duracef (Cefadroxil) 500 mg orally one capsule every eight hours for one week. Mupirocin 2% (cream) topically three ...  Read Full »

How to treat underarm pimples?

Query: Hello doctor, From the past 2 to 3 years, I frequently get pus-filled pimples. I consulted two different doctors, who told it is probably a gland infection. They suggested medicines for months. When I take the medicines, I do not get any pimples, but they come back as soon as I stop taking them. Fro...  Read Full »

Dr. Thakare Sampada Avinash

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Folliculitis or acne is basically bacterial infection affecting the sebaceous glands.Please send good quality images and revert. What medications were prescribed in the past?I suggest you try applying T-Bact cream (Mupirocin) twice daily.Revert with more information to a ...  Read Full »

What could cause painful bumps in underarms, pubic area, and inner thighs?

Query: Hello doctor, I have painful bumps under my arms, all around my pubic area, and on my inner thighs. It hurts to move around and I do not know how to make it better. It has been happening for awhile but it was never this painful. I always thought it would heal itself but it has not yet. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your history suggests that you have hidradenitis suppurative as you have painful recurrent boils for a long time. It is a chronic recurrent condition that can be kept under control with the treatment. Other differential diagnosis is furunculosis. If you could share ...  Read Full »

Is cauterization needed for burst abscess wound?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you advise what I should do to treat this post burst abscess wound? I am using Mupirocin and Mepilex do I need to get cautery? The tissue protruded outward now. I took Doxycycline for two weeks.  Read Full »

Dr. Anushtup De

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. First I would like to say that the information you gave is not complete. So in relation to your query, I would present two common situations in this case. Situation 1: The abscess was treated surgically and cleaned properly and antibiotic was given according to cu...  Read Full »

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