The Doctors: How To Manage Hidradenitis Suppurativa + Skin Boils

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The Doctors: Woman Suffering From Skin Boils

The Doctors took a closer look at the story of one woman named April who had been suffering from skin boils.

April shared with her doctor, Dr. Glynis Ablon, that she had been suffering from boils on her skin in the genital area and in her armpit. She’d been dealing with them since she was about 15 years old. She told her doctor that it had been diagnosed as folliculitis and in 2005 she received the diagnosis if hidradenitis suppurativa, to which the doctors said there were no cure. She said the boils seem to be getting worse and she’s concerned about the possibility of the boils spreading to other parts of her body, as well as her continuing to be in pain.

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The Drs TV: Hidradenitis Suppurativa

The Doctors: How To Manage Hidradenitis Suppurativa + Skin Boils

The Doctors discussed hidradenitis suppurativa, or skin boils, and how one woman is managing the disease. (shockfactor.de / Shutterstock.com)

April’s doctor told her that it was a follicular occlusion problem which basically means the follicles are getting plugged, which is why the problem seems to get worse in areas where there is hair growing.

April showed the boils that were under her arm and said they were very painful. The doctor took a look at the other boils as well, and then explained that one of the treatments she likes to use for hidradenitis is laser hair removal because if she can destroy the hair follicles, then hopefully her body won’t make the cysts anymore.

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The Doctors: Laser Hair Removal For Hidradenitis Suppurativa

First, they numbed the area of her skin where the boils were appearing, and then performed the laser hair removal, with no pain.

Throughout their show, The Doctors had been discussing unhealthy sins that we didn’t even know we were making. For this story, the unhealthy sin was “giving up the search for a cure.”

April was on the show and explained that she had been suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa for so long and the spots were so sensitive and painful that she couldn’t walk, sleep, lay down a certain way, or do a lot of normal activities. She said that with the disease, she learned to deal with it. “I have the disease, but it doesn’t have me,” April said.

The Drs TV: Managing Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Dr. Travis Stork explained that although there’s no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa, you can help manage it by doing treatments such as laser hair removal. Dr. Ablon made a point to say that the treatment can be done on all skin types, but the disease is something that tends to happen more in people of color. She said that up to 1% of the population may have it.

She shared that there are actually three other things that can “instigate a breakout.” One is smoking, so if you are smoking, you should stop. Two is weight issues because of the increased friction in areas of the body. Three is hormones, which is why you don’t see the disease in people who are pre-pubertal or post-menopausal. The disease is also more common in women.

The Doctors ended up reaching out to a plastic surgeon in April’s area, and they are going to provide her with seven laser hair removal treatments.

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