This is what I have
About 20 years ago I developed nasty boils under my arms (and sometimes my groin area) that at times would grow to the size of golf balls. They were EXTREMELY painful if they got this big and needed to be lanced. Usually I had to wait 3-4 days for the boil to drain.
10 years ago I was actually diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa but none of the 3 doctors could tell me anything besides "We don't know what causes it."
Anyway, I have been pretty free and clear of any of the nasty major episodes I was used to for about 2.5 years now. I am wondering if anyone here has it, has heard of it, or knows anything about it. I have googled this condition many times but I never really understand exactly why this happens to me.
The reason I am asking is because for no apparent reason I had a small flare up last week that kinda of scared me - for some reason the boil would not break and began to grow. I do notice that I must take a shower in the morning and at night everyday, or I am feeling the effects of minor outbreaks by midmorning. That being said, this episode had the potential of being very serious until I woke the next morning and it began to drain.
I know this is kind of a nasty question and may not seem appropriate for this forum, but I am curious because when I read what I google I can never really nail down anything that could possibly trigger these episodes.