So I am new here and haven't really posted my story or anything in my profile as of yet. In a nut shell, I am 31 years old and have had HS since I was probably about 13. I have been managing this all on my own, having talked with a doctor or two about it and never getting a diagnosis or any help at all. Aside from not being able to wear tank tops or swimsuits or anything in public, it's been manageable for the most part. With a few exceptionally painfull spells a couple times a year or so. This past Wednesday night however I felt something developing right below my waistline, in a completely annoying inconvenient area, though really, are there any convenient places? By Thursday night it was red and swollen and huge in diameter as well. It was hot to the touch and just a big old mess. It hurt to wear underwear and pants and to not wear them too. Really the only thing that didn't hurt was to lay flat on my stomach, but with a full time job, thats not an option. On a whim at the drugstore I picked up a bottle of mercuroclear, which states that its a clear alternative to iodine. When I went home, I was basically in tears and the pain was debilitating, I was limping and miserable. I took a warm bath, doused the entire area with this stuff and put a gauze patch on it. I took some motrin and went to bed. I am not kidding and completely amazed that when I woke up Friday morning there was no pain. It had gone completely down in size. It was still red but it was no longer swollen and I could even touch it without any pain AT ALL. And now, Sunday night, it's as if it was never there...aside from some slight pinkness. Otherwise, no pain. None. Has anyone tried this? Is it a coincidence or did this stuff really do the trick for once? I'm not saying it's a miracle worker but if it helped to manage flair ups well....that would be pretty great too.
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