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Hidradenitis suppurativa

Relieving hidradenitis suppurativa with homoeopathy

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a skin condition that is also known as Verneuil’s disease. This condition leads to the formation of abscesses and nodules around certain body parts, notably areas that contain apocrine sweat glands, among which one can include the armpits, groin, buttocks and breasts. Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic disease that usually ends in fistulation and suppuration around the affected area. The disease occurs as a result of an apocrine sweat gland’s suppuration process and may spread to the pilosebaceous follicle. In general, this phenomenon is emphasized by factors such as excess weight, smoking or simply poor personal hygiene.

Symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa manifests itself in different ways, depending on the stage of the disease and frequency of its appearance, which can vary from once a month to once a year. The disease is mainly characterized by the appearance of nodules or abscesses in the skin folds such as the groin and armpits. However, once it reaches more advanced stages, hidradenitis suppurativa manifests itself by inflammatory suppurative and painful patches that can sometimes be foul-smelling. In addition, in case of acute hidradenitis suppurative, the patient may have difficulty moving his or her limbs because of the pain felt when doing so.

Recommended homoeopathic remedies

The extraordinary healing properties of Thuya occidentalis make it a particularly suitable remedy in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa. Indeed, when used locally, this remedy effectively reduces the characteristic skin rashes caused by hidradenitis suppurativa. Among the various homoeopathic remedies that can be used to treat hidradenitis suppurativa, one can also include Hepar sulfurus calcareum since the combination of oyster limestone extract and sulphur flowers is effective against infections related to hidradenitis suppurativa. In that case, the recommended dosage is a daily intake of Hepar sulfuris calcareum 30 CH, to be administered during 4 days. To reduce the pus formation during the inflammatory stage, Hepar sulfurus calcareum may be used in association with Belladona 5 CH, in which case 5 granules of each remedy will need to be taken every two hours during 2 days. To complete the treatment, it is also possible to take two doses of Pyrogenium 9 CH per day.

When should you consult a doctor?

If the hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms do not improve after 48 hours despite following a treatment, it is advisable to consult a doctor immediately. Furthermore, if the inflammation is accompanied by suppuration, the advice of a medical specialist is recommended. This precaution is even more justified in case of permanent hindrance or if the patient is unable to move normally.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “hidradenitis suppurativa”

Associated treatments

•    Hepar Sulfuris Calcareum
•    Thuya Occidentalis

Good to know: Hidradenitis suppurativa may become crippling if left untreated. However, following a homoeopathic treatment from the onset of the first symptoms will help prevent the disease from reaching this advanced stage.  

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