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Hello,

 

I'm brand new to the place and I'm not sure if I'm even posting in the right 'area' so feel free to tell me if I make a mistake or something.

 

Okay, well, I guess I should begin and tell you a little about what the heck is going on with me! Even if it is a little TMI... I'm a 20 year old female. I'm pretty healthy; I try to swim everyday, although I don't get enough sleep as I should. I was diagnosed with hyperthyroid and was put on 100mg Synthroid; I take it in the morning. I've been on it for about two months now. I never forget to take it. Before I was even diagnosed with this thyroid problem I would get boils. I've had them on my armpits/side area and inner thighs. Some of them had to be lanced (Worst pain I've ever felt) and now I have purple scars  :( My inner thighs are becoming a serious problem. I get them more frequently now and they hurt SO bad. They form in clusters, these purple hideous things. I don't know what to do. I use the anti-bacterial soap everyday and put cream on them but nothing works. I was a 'vegetarian' (No red meat) for many years but I recently (5 months ago) added red meat back into my diet because I also have a blood clotting disorder and need the iron. I just moved across the country and I haven't gotten in to see a doctor yet but I'm desperate for any kind of help at all! I just want these things gone for good; they're driving me insane!  

 

Help, please?   

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Hi missmadgirl. I'm so sorry this is happening to you. Please tell us a little more.... Are these actual boils or are they blisters? Do they itch? What size are they? Do you think you have celiac disease? Why did you come to this site --- did something make you suspect you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance? We need to know as much as possible. Don't worry --- the more info. the better we can help you. :)

 

BTW, red meat is not the only way to get iron. Peas (green peas) are very high in iron as are raisins & grapes & we can look up other things too! What is the name of the blood clotting disorder you have?

 

Who lanced the boil? your PCP or a dermatologist? when was the last time you had blood work done? Did they do a check for your iron levels? Can you post the results for us please?

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If they are boils (large and they fill with pus like a giant pimple)  and not blisters/hives, you need to get to a doctor for antibiotics.  It sounds like a staff infection.  It's a plague for cyclists and their little black bike shorts.  One cut/rub from a seam and you are toast!   Home remedies don't always work and there is a risk of the infection entering your blood stream.  

 

Good luck!  

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sounds like acne inversa.

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I suffered from painful, large, boils on my thighs and buttock for 30 years.  I went gluten free 2.5 years ago.  I have not had a single boil since completely eliminating the gluten from my diet.  I've read on this forum that other people have the same results.  You have to get ALL the gluten out of your diet. 

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