I have suffered with Hidradenitis Suppurativa for over 30 years. I have some stage 3 areas. I recently decided to go gluten free because of severe diarrhea, headaches, rashes, joint pain, fatigue and more. Much to my surprise, the HS went into complete remission after about 4 to 6 weeks of eating gluten-free. The only time this had ever happened before was when I tried the Atkins Diet twice in the past. But I didn't make the connection then.
After 6 weeks of eating gluten-free, my husband convinced me to stop eating gluten-free. He didn't like me "obsessing" over labels and questioning everything that went into my mouth. He even said maybe we shouldn't be married if I have to eat so differently. I ate a wheat roll for dinner and the next day I ate regular speghetti. You would not believe how bad the HS returned! I had 12 NEW lesions and most of the old lesions re-activated. I was in so much pain. Along with it came terrible joint pain, fatigue, headache and return of the dreaded diarrhea. It finally hit me! I discovered on my own that the HS was surely connected to eating gluten. As soon as I stopped eathing the gluten once again I felt so much better. I was able to move without pain after 2 days and most of the oozing had stopped. Now I notice that brief encounters with gluten (giving my grandson cookies, making regular dinners and lunch for my family, cleaning up the kitchen that has bread crumbs) results in a return of the itching and burning and oozing of these lesions. You would not believe how many doctors I have seen for this condition. I have been to The University of Pittsburgh Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, Western Reserve University Hosp. and a slew of dermo. docs locally. Not one ever mentioned gluten.