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Boils in groin area
I have these boils in the groin area and I can explain why they keep coming. I went to the emergency room before and they told me it was something in my blood and I shouldnt shave the area and only wax. I now have a quarter size one and Im really scared. I do have diabetes so I read somewhere thast my medication can cause this I take metformin. Is this true? Any suggestions on how to prevent them?
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932659 tn?1332122304
Hello,

I used to get quite a few boils as well when I shaved, so I can see why they suggested the waxing.  These are most likely ingrown hairs, which can grow quite big and be painful!  I know, I've had to have one lanced by a doctor before, twice in fact.  There's a lot of sweat, heat, and moisture down there that can contribute to the growth of ingrown hairs, along with shaving.  I'm not sure about the medication so I cannot comment on that.  Prevention would be another form of hair removal if possible, other than shaving.  You may need to have this one that is the size of a quarter lanced if it's painful and bothersome.  Good luck to you :)  
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1801781 tn?1461633069
My mother got many boils after she was Diagnosed Diabetes 2.  They do happen to those have have diabetes.  
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You should learn to accept the hair.  It's there for protecting the skin.  The skin needs to breathe.  There is more to it than that.  Something that can make a happy medium is to just trim the hair with scissors instead of trying to shave it off.  That way you're not disturbing the roots and will be less prone to getting these boils.  I know you're likely concerned about hygiene.  Well, this will take care of that hygiene need.  I find that not having enough hair is just as bad as having too much hair as far as those odors we're all self-conscious about.  Also, not having the hair actually causes the skin to be irritated.  So, it's actually better to just trim the hair or leave it alone.  We were designed to have this hair for a reason, and since the person next to you out in public doesn't know if you leave your hair down there or not, it really shouldn't matter.  And, your significant other should accept your decision to leave the hair alone if your significant other really loves you.
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It could be a very rare and very unresearched auto immune disease called Hidradentitis Suppurativa.  I have this too... I've had NO help from the medical industry...it's taken me 7 years of my own research to figure it out.  I'm doing diet and herbs to help it... they try to prescribe Humira, but that medicine can cause death if you're prone to infection which is what this disease is!  So... I don't recommend medical help at all!!  I want to raise awareness because so many people go throught their whole life not knowing what it is.  It's NOT JUST a skin condition!!  It's a very complex internal disease that stems from over active adrenals.  Google it... seriously!
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what herbs do you take for the HS? please rsvp to sassy_saintAThotmailDOTcom. thanks!
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Very common with type2 diabetics, caused by sugar being high, once controlled boils will subside, to treat them you can go to the er and have them drained (i found it very painful this way) or treat at home with a hot bath or a hot compress a few times a day until it pops on its own and drains, there are alot of sites that offer home remedies, ive gotten my sugar under control and havent had any in months, they are  painful especially in the inner thigh and groin area, but can be treated and are common so dont feel weird ladies, hope this helps take care
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I was just diagnosed with Hidradentitis Suppurativa.  I was told it is a disease of the sweat glands in the groin area, that are highly infected.  My boils have nothing to do with shaving and nothing to do with diabetes.
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How are they treating this? If there is a treatment?
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I didn't read any of the answers but when I saw the title I thought diabetes because my ex-husband used to get these and didn't know it was because of diabetes he was getting them. I don't know if that helps you any..he was not on any medical as he was undiagnosed diabetic.
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My daughter turned 15 and was immediately met with acne on her face and back that progressively got worse. We started treating it with homeopathic remedies. That seemed to keep it in check but didn't heal it. The acne was severe and we learned it had a name - cystic acne. The medical options had adverse side affects - so just continued the cleaning and supplement regimen to keep it under control. Two years later she was 17, she had her first boil in her groin area. We had no idea what it was - actually thought it was an ingrown hair and so we treated it as such. Then she began to get one after another. I googled, I questioned friends and family. We adjusted her supplements, thinking perhaps it was tied to the cystic acne - adding coconut oil, Spirulina and Chlorella as well as probiotics. Sometimes she would get through a couple of weeks without any boils - then to have them back to back.  She was so embarrassed and overwhelmed. Then came the rashes. Rashes like what infants get with diaper rashes - on her privates and her female areas. She was miserable. Boils & Rashes! Rashes and Boils!

Our family is on a budget and cannot afford huge medical bills. In February of 2017, I cried out to God for answers. That very night - He graciously helped me find the right combination of words in google.  I'd been trying different combinations of words for the last 2 years! I saw a correlation between her cycle and the frequency of the boils - so I googled "boils and rashes that pop up in groin area during a woman's menstrual cycle" - I found the name - Hidradenitis Suppurativa.  Coincidence or not (NOT!) - I had an answer. As I read article after article and blog after blog, I shook my head. As I looked at the photos - I had an answer!  My daughter had an answer!

We began reading about treatments. What we kept seeing was that DIET played a huge part in the answer.  That was 7 months ago that we began. I am happy to say that my darling daughter has gone 3 months without a single boil. And we discovered what triggered the rash. And we have seen the cystic acne on her face and back clear up!

This is her protocol that works for her. We have read many who write that everyone's journey and recovery is their own and unique.  That is the truth!  Keep searching, (keep praying), keep experimenting until you too are free from boils, rashes, acne and HS!  My daughter now follows the AIP (Autoimmune Protocol - Paleo) diet. She did elimination diet slowly, from February to June. I will list in order what she eliminated. ALL of these foods triggered either boils or rashes!

No gluten, no corn, no grains (except brown rice she can eat), no almonds, cashews, pistachios, no dairy, no legumes, no nightshades at all (no white potatoes, no tomatoes, no peppers, no eggplants, no paprika, no cumin, no cayenne, no chili powder).  AND for her the most important one to avoid - ALL sugars!  For sweeteners she can do pure raw honey, pure maple syrup and stevia in moderation - but that is ALL.  If she has something that has a hidden sugar she will get a rash.  

As she got the boils at the beginning - we treated by washing the area, doing apple cider and Epsom salt baths and keeping colloidal silver and tea tree oil on the wound. That helped them from becoming infected.

And one more thing - she always had sensitive skin. She has always been allergic to avocado oil lotions and perfumed lotions. We also knew she was allergic to latex - we found out when she was little with Band-Aid reactions.  But we discovered this summer that she is allergic to feminine hygiene products which was triggering rashes during her cycle. She purchased Thinx period panties - and she used them for her cycle and that was the first time she did not get a rash during her period.

For such a long time she was so devastated by an unknown illness. Then shocked to find out what it was but scared when she read that she would suffer from it forever! But we kept praying and searching and now she is on a journey to healing!
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