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Recurring boil in underarm during periods, surrounding areas hot and hard even after blood and pus drainage, taken keflex. Suggestion?

I have a recurring boil in my underarm which flares up before my periods and pain radiates thru my neck and shoulders I just had keflex 500 mg four times a day for 7days and the swelling and pain reduced but still continues my doctor has asked my to put hot compresses a lot of pus and blood have drained but yet the boil and surrounding areas are hard and hot. Feel tired and weak all the time and getting headaches too. What do I do??
Asked On : Sun, 16 Sep 2012
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Thanks for the query,

You might be suffering from a condition called as Hidradenitis suppurativa.

It is a disorder of sweat glands.

Hormonal changes usually flare this condition.

Only keflex wont help you.

You need treatment with oral isotretinoin.

Be careful that this drug can never be taken during pregnancy.

Please meet a dermatologist for exact diagnosis and discuss regarding this.

Let me know if you have any other doubt.

you can ask a direct question to me on this forum, following the below link.

Wishing you a good health.
Thank you

Answered: Fri, 6 Sep 2013
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