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In the last 6 mos or so I seem to be having perimenopausal systems and boils i've never seen before! Could they be related?
I've also found other things that are possibily relatedto boils, such as pcos, hidradenitis suppurativa, a problem with thyroid and even insulin resistance!
All I know is that i've never had boils before and i'm 38 yrs old. Are they contagious to others, during sex? And what can I do about them. Can any one heip me?
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replied September 8th, 2005
Menopause And Boils
I would be very interested to find out if you've been able to find any information on this subject. I've been having boils now for about a year and have been keeping track of when they occur. They have a direct correlation to "period" time. They always occur in the same general area and nothing so far has helped. So, let me know if any information is out there! Thanks!
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replied September 18th, 2005
Active User, very eHealthy
Boils
These pesky little critters are quite common, and there is a medical name for them that escapes me at the moment! Some can be quite painful and last for a good while, and some not. Basically it is like a pimple that is created by an ingrown hair. Just put a hot compress on to help with the redness and pain, and when it comes to a head and the puss comes out, it will start to dry up, but be careful not to spread it around because it could cause another one! Most women get them on their breasts and legs. Nothing serious unless they get infected. Good luck!
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replied October 26th, 2005
Hidradenitis Suppurativa
I've suffered from this for a while now. I'v even had a number of surgeries to remove some of these boils. They are definately related to your hormonal cycle. They most often occur between ovulation and period. I have done much research on this disease and have seen many specialist. The bottom line is there is no cure. Some people try antibiotic cocktails, topical creams, sitz baths with salt, tea tree oil, manuka honey, cortizone shots, acutane. One thing I have read is sometimes it all goes away after menopause. I'm waiting.
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replied February 17th, 2006
I had the same problem, and these boils are all over my butt. Recently, I had surgery done on my nose, and was given lots of antiobiotics via iv drips. Somehow these boils stopped appearing. Btw I had these boils growing on my butt for about 4 years already... And it just went away

i am very concern about the scars left by them. I heard they can be permanent or take 1-2 years to heal... I think it depends on how deep it is in the skin.

Also, if you do have it in the butt, I would suggest not sitting as often because I think the boils will get much bigger if you sit for too long. Also I used to be overweight, and as soon as I slim down (50 lbs), the condition became less severe.

Does anyone know how long the scar will stay? Is there any way to make it go away faster? Are there surgery available to remove these scars?

I've been boils-free for about 2 months now, hopefully they'll stay away from me! I will keep it posted about my condition. Let's help each other on this humiliating issue, (especially if you have it in the butt... Like me =(((
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replied May 10th, 2007
Boils And Menopause
badgirl
Thanks for bringing this health issue to everyones attention.
I too suffer from the boils on my breasts which are very painful and sometimes take weeks to heal. I know when one is starting up too. You can see a pore with a white core inside it or a small red painful bump. I have found that if you start treating them as soon as possible the less of a problem they become. They get worse between ovulation and the onset of my period. I am 45 and I have many symptoms of perimenopause with weight gain and water retention being the worst so far. The boils started appearing about this time with my other symptoms as well. There isn't much information out there about it I know. I think with all the water gain sebum collects in there as well and it has to find a way out usually in the most tender parts of our body. That explains why they mostly appear in the breasts, inner thighs and buttocks. Watch your iron as low levels of iron can contribute to the problem. Maybe take a supplement. Take long hot baths to sweat those pores open and avoid using powder and deodorants in the area so your pores can breathe. Hope this helps. It helped me.
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replied July 24th, 2007
I get a small red bump/boil, next thing I know it is cellulitis & my whole face is swollen up & covered. I have been having this for over a year & treated with antibiotics soooo many times. It looks horrible & is ruining my life. I wish someone had answers. I research constantly & try to find alternative ways to cure it. It normally happens when I am stressed aroumd the time of my period. definately not just a normal break out.
It is very serious.
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replied December 7th, 2007
Just Wanted to Reply
I have been reading about Zinc Deficiency, and boils are one of the symptoms... with many more of course... I hope this helps... please read on the dificiency it has many other symptoms with it....
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replied July 11th, 2008
The Dos and Don'ts of Boil Treatment (And a product That Works)
I've suffered from boils in the groin area since adolescence. In my thirties, the problem migrated to my armpits. I've read countless articles on this subject, and I’ve found that there’s no cure for chronic hidradenitis. However, there are things we can do to minimize and alleviate the problem. Here are some dos and don'ts:

1. Don't rely upon antibiotics UNLESS you come down with a large boil that is causing great pain or a cluster of boils that won’t seem to heal on their own. The effects of antibiotics don't last. If you take them frequently to address a chronic problem, you will develop immunity to the pills, and they won’t work when you come down with a severe infection. (Do try antibiotics if this is your first boil or if boil attacks are infrequent.)
2. Don't squeeze hard! This drives the infection deeper into the pore and creates a larger "channel" for your next infection to develop. When boils are good and READY to drain, puss will run out with GENTLE pressure. To help draw boils to a head faster, apply a warm compress or take a hot bath to open your pores.
3. Don't be afraid to lance boils yourself. (It's safe if done properly, and it results in immediate relief.) To lessen the possibility of creating a large hole that could become re-infected, use the smallest sewing needle you can find. Sterilize the needle by soaking it in alcohol for at least sixty seconds. Insert slowly and gently. Do not re-insert the needle without sterilizing it again. (Do not attempt to lance "solid" boils or hard lumps under the skin. Lance boils that are visibly plump with fluids.)
4. Do clean boil drainage from your skin with Bactene or peroxide. Drainage is loaded with bacteria that can infect open pores surrounding the original boil.)
5. Don’t shave areas that are prone to boils. Ingrown hairs from shaving are a leading cause of boils. Learn to live with hair under your arms and on your upper thighs. Hair is more attractive than puss filled bumps.
6. Do keep chronic areas CLEAN AND DRY. Keep a bottle of Bactine or Iodine in the shower. Dry armpits and inner thighs with a hair dryer to avoid that moist feeling that lingers after towel drying.
7. Alpha Hydrox (a brand name) makes a clear fruit acid gel that is much more concentrated than most lotions containing Alpha Hydroxys. The formula is meant to lift dead skin cells on your face, unclog pores and reduce the appearance of fine lines. On a whim, I used this product under my arms. I saw a dramatic improvement the very next day. The product won’t exactly cure a large boil overnight, but it does shrink pores and eliminate small bumps from infected hair folicles. When I use it religiously, my small bumps don’t grow into big boils.
7. I’ve also tried the Proactive Acne System under my arms. It didn’t work, and it left my skin so dry that it flaked for days.

Other Thing's I've Learned:

1. There’s a strong correlation between boils and menstrual cycles. The fluids running through your pores become thicker before a period, resulting in pore blockages. Yes, boils typically slow down after menopause, but not always.
2. There’s a correlation between obesity and boils. Losing a significant amount of weight may lessen the problem for several reasons. A) Healthy bodies have stronger immune systems that are more capable of attacking infections, including infections of the skin. B) Losing weight can reduce the severity of rubbing and chafing, especially in the thigh area.
3. No, losing weight won’t fix everything. Many thin people suffer from chronic boils and skin irritations.
4. There’s a strong correlation between boils and diabetes. For this reason, I have often wondered if a low carb diet could lessen the severity of chronic boils. Can anyone tell me?
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replied September 13th, 2008
boils boils boils
I just recently sarted to get boils appearing on my skin in such places as my breast, my underarm pits, my stomach, and my virgina lips. The ones on my virgina lips were so severe that i had to go to the emergency room to have them lanced. I was given antibiotics and told I may have a form of MRSA. I don't think this is the case because they only appear around the time I start to ovulate and close to the time I would have gotten my period. I am pleased to read that I am not alone in this monthly battle, please understand I feel bad for anyone the has to endure this and I wish I had an instant cure ...I don't...if someone has found something that really works or give some fast releif from the pain of these boils ...let me know. I am 49 and never suffer a day with a boil until reasonly , I thing it is menopause that is causing it....give my some feed back as soon as possible
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replied November 24th, 2008
Loosing my mind and scared
I'm shock to know that I'm not the only woman in the world with this chronich problem for the past four months. I don't know what to do. I believe I have been going through perimenopause for the past two years becasue I'm keeping a tight calendar of events, but now I'm suffering from boils. The first one was late summer on my vaginal lip; which I had to see a dermatologist to drain and pack. Antibiotics were prescribed. In October a reoccurence under my armpit. Once again I had to go to the doctor. Now, November I have a large one on my buttocks. It is so painful. I notice I get them around my period. I have been looking on the net, but the information terrifies me. Thank goodness I found the website with women with similar problems. Thank you for your support. I'm 40 years old and loosing my mind. Thanks Shocked
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replied January 9th, 2009
My Story
I am obese, 300 pounds. I get boils on my thighs, underarms, butt, pubic hair line. Im only 24. The docs keep saying I got MRSA, but I have done I dont know how many treatments. I can still smell the stuff you put in your nose. Ugh. It is very embarressing on top of being overweight. Mine get very big sometimes. Other times, they stay little and go away. I have numerous scars from them. I have about 15 scars so far. I wish there were treatments.
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replied January 22nd, 2009
Breathing
Do you get breathing problems before periods
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replied January 22nd, 2009
Breathing Problems
No, I just have extreme cramping.
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replied February 19th, 2009
finally finding relief from boils
I finally found a doctor who told me my hormonal (symptoms including boils) problems were coming from insulin resistance. I've been following the Zone book and using Jan Marini face lotion on my boils and have seen HUGE improvement.
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replied July 30th, 2009
boils
I suffered from boils all my young life, in my ears, on my knees, on my butt (in the ear is the worst) The ones on both knees had me bed ridden for a fortnight, my mother would have to carry me to the loo as I could not lower, or bend my legs from the pain. The Boil was lanced after a black square cube of something was heated and put on the boil, then cut. The boil has a core and until that is removed, the boil remains. (I remember when she lanced it the explosion hit the cieling but the relief was fast) Anyway 50 years on, and qualified in skin and skin diseases a client of mine told me about nutmeg. A student child suffered from boils so she administered (in Fiji) one teaspoon of nutmeg a day ( in milk... food....) and the child was cured.
I wish that mum knew about this. Cant hurt to give it a try! Good Luck
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replied November 16th, 2011
How was it administered? Did she have The Child drink the mixture; or apply it topically? Thank you so much for posting this, it gives me much hope!
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replied December 31st, 2009
I've had many boils postpartum and had to go to the hospital when one became infected. Nobody had answers for me, they just kept on putting me on antibiotics - which did not help the problem. I was desperate and with a new baby, tired of having these painful boils constantly. I came across this earth clinic website - suggested turmeric taken internally 3 times a day for several days. After getting another boil, I tried this...it drained painlessly after the second day. It has absolutely saved my life. everytime i get a boil - usually once a month, i take the turmeric tea and it works. i hope this helps someone...
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replied January 29th, 2010
boils ?mrsa
Hi ladies,
These damn things drive me crazy. I've been getting them in my pubic hair since my teens. I'm now 24. I was having a general hunt for boils and this came up. I know it's possible to carry MRSA on your skin without having been in hospital or been diagnosed or had an obvious problem with it, but i foudn this and thought maybe it could be some help to us aswell.
Try checking this out as it has some suggestions to improve ur lifestyle. http://ehealthforum.com/health/topic115912 .html
hope it's some help
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replied June 10th, 2011
BOIL AND OVULATION
at a particular period of the month,usually about 10days after the last period,i develop these boils on my pubic and they do not go until the next period commences,and then all of a sudden,they disappear on their own and resurface at a particular period of the cycle again. Please what is wrong with me?
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replied January 18th, 2012
I am so happy to FINALLY find a forum related to boils and hormones...

I am 39 years old and am suffering terribly with boils in my groin area before my period. I am absolutely exhausted from trying to find a specialist and a cure Sad

When I was in my early twenties and pregnant I started to develop these boils in my groin area, under my breasts and under my armpits. After I had my children, I went on birth control and did not have another boil until about 6 years ago when I stopped taking birth control. They started reappearing after I was completely off birth control for about a year. However, the only affected area is my groin area. They never returned under my armpits or breasts anymore.

After searching and searching I finally was recommended to a gynecologist specialist who was brilliant. I went to see him and he sat and talked with my mom and I for about an hour in reference to this situation. I actually broke down in tears because I finally met someone who was going to help me. We had set up an appointment for three weeks to the date to start the process of healing my situation... A week later the doctor passed away suddenly from a major heart attack. (May he rest in peace) I was totally devestated for him and for me. Since then I have continued to try and find another doctor explaining to them the few facts this doctor had shared with me. No one has been able to help me since... I will share with all of you what he has shared with me and hopefully someday one of us will find a solution or a doctor that can give us a solution.

* First he explained that many, but not all women who suffer from this usually are atleast 25 pounds over weight.
* He said that the boils will usually effect the areas of the groin, armpits and under the breasts.
* He said that it was DEFINITELY related to hormones specifically estrogen. He said usually the best antidote is birth control pills. But at the same time he was not a big fan of women over 30 being on them so he said that it could easily be regulated through oral hormone supplement.
* He touched briefly on the correlation between weight and boils, stating that something with fatty tissue causes a rise in estrogen levels. However, he did not get real specific because we had ran out of time. That was one of the topics we were going to discuss at our next appointment Sad
* He, of course said it was important to keep the effected areas sterile and dry, but told me I didn't have to worry too much about that because he was going to have me cleared up in no time.
* As far as the scaring, I am Italian and have very olive skin, so for me my scarring is terrible. I am covered with dark spots where my boils flare up. He said that because of my ethnic skin, the scars would never completely go away except for plastic surgery which I told him I would definitely do. He told me we would cross that bridge when we came to it, so that was all the info I got on that. However, he did say that pure vitamin E after using neosporin would lighten the scars considerably. But, this was to be very successful for the healing process after my treatment. Being I still continue to get them constantly they never are able to truly heal.
* Warm baths were a must but there was nothing but epsom salt that was to be put in the water. He said it was very very important to not put any kind of fragant bath or soap gels in the water.
* The last thing he told me was to go but Cetaphil soap and only use that soap on the effected areas, nothing else!! (To this day that is all I will use).

I hope sharing this information will help somebody. I am praying that sharing this will help one of us find another doctor who can cure this. I truly believe there is a cure and it is simple. All of this suffering and we could be cured in no time. The reason I strongly believe this is because the doctor told me, very confidently that he would have me boil free in no time. The last thing I forgot to share was that he did order a complete series of blood work on me for hormone levels, but once again I did not get to discuss the results with him.

Thanks everyone for helping me with your posts. Please, respond if you want to discuss anything with me or share something with me that you have had positive results with... Sorry this has been so long, but I aam just so happy to finally be able to identify with other women who share the same problem..

Ciao for now Smile
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replied January 18th, 2012
PLEASE CHECK INTO HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA I have this disease, the areas you mentioned are one of the reasons I suggest doing some research. Just do a general search you will get back enough info to decide if you should take it to your doc. Good Luck, Peace & Blessings upon you
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