Skip to content


    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!

    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Painful Skin Infection
    An_249019 posted:
    I am a healthy 30 year old male, keep good hygiene, no serious conditions and not taking any medication.
    In the last 3 months I have gotten 4 very painful and scary looking skin infections. See picture link below for a visual of the problem.
    They take about 2-3 weeks to form and pool with puss that eventually pop with much blood and puss for several days. They are all local to just one area under one armpit, and are reoccurring.
    I tried Amoxicillin (that my wife found at home for something else) it only speed up the process but did not really keep the infections from reoccurring.
    I keep putting on a bunch of ointments: antibacterial cream, tea tree/bees wax cream, zinc oxide cream, but I don't see much effect.
    I am between jobs (i.e. no health insurance), so unless absolutely necessary want to try to treat it myself without going to a specialist. I have a fairly high tolerance for pain but for the last few days before it pops I am taking a lot of painkillers, since the site is in constant contact with skin or clothes.
    Any suggestions you can offer are greatly appreciated.
    My questions.
    1. What is the name of this condition and what causes it?
    2. Will it go away if I do nothing? If so, how long would it take?
    3. What medicine should I be taking? Can I get any of it over-the counter?
    Thanks again for any assistance!

    Chris_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Hi and welcome,

    From the sounds of things and your descriptions, it seems like it is absolutely necessary for you to follow up with your doctor now.
    There is no guessing on this. Please let us know how you are doing.
    vsorochk replied to Chris_WebMD_Staff's response:
    Couldn't wait any longer. Went to a doc and was diagnosed with Hidradentis Suppurativa.
    Gave me
    2 creams - Clindamycin Phosphate and desodine lotion
    Antibiotic - Doxycycline Hyclate for 30 days
    and a wash called Clorhexidine Gluconate Solution

    Says condition symptoms can be reduced but never really eliminated and confirmed the use of painkillers or topical cream for relief of pain during outbreaks. I read up on the condition online which confirms that. If you can point me to a couple of good resources on this site and elsewhere that would be awesome. Thanks.
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff replied to vsorochk's response:
    Glad you got a diagnosis and meds. Hopefully this will get things cleared up.

    Here is more information for this frustrating condition -

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa - Medscape
    Expert Response from Dr. Buchness

    Be sure to follow-up to let us know how you are doing,
    - Elizabeth
    ~Love of beauty is taste. Creation of beauty is art.~
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

    Featuring Experts

    Mohiba K Tareen, MD is a board certified dermatologist who has an innovative practice in Roseville, Minnesota. Tareen Dermatology ( www.TareenDermato...More

    Helpful Tips

    Be the first to post a Tip!

    Helpful Resources

    Be the first to post a Resource!

    Expert Blog

    Secrets of a Beverly Hills Cosmetic Surgeon - Robert Kotler, MD ,FACS

    Dr. Robert Kotler gets beneath the surface to discuss selecting a cosmetic surgeon, computer imaging, celebrity makeovers and more...Read More

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.