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Dr. Abby, US Board Certified MD
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I have constant, servere boils, under my arms and between my

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I have constant, servere boils, under my arms and between my legs. i have had them for a few years and i have tried lots of things to rid them and im wondering if there is anything, more medical wise i can do to stop them re-appearing? Im left with many scars and cant prevent them from re-appearing. what can i do?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.

Have you seen a doctor for this condition?

Dr Abby
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
yes, and they dont know much which is why i wanted to talk to someone in dermatology. the doc basically said medicated soap and healthy eating.
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
Well, there are one or two dermatologists on this site but not all of the time.
I am a family doctor who can give you some information regarding your condition if you would like.
Your next steps, honestly, will require physician treatment.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Any information would be really helpfull if you can. So basically your sayng to go to a doctor again? or should i see an actual dermatoligst? thankyou
Expert:  Dr. Abby replied 7 years ago.
I would actually see a dermatologist next.

From your description, it sounds like you have hidradenitis suppurativa (in case you didn't know).

This is a chronic skin condition that unfortunately has no cure but can be managed.
The things that you can do are the following:

Don't shave (I know this is difficult for a woman)
Use gentle antibacterial soaps and don't use washcloths. Use hands only.
Wear loose fitting clothing
Don't smoke
Try to lose weight if you are heavy
Zinc gluconate tablets may also be helpful (50 mg per day)

Medical treatment, if the above are not working, includes the following

Steroid injections into the lesions when they develop
Oral antibiotics MAY help
Surgical removal of extensive disease

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Dr Abby

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