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What you eat might have an impact on your hidradenitis suppurativa.
Eating a balanced and nutritious diet might help prevent weight gain, which can affect friction in areas where lumps caused by the condition often appear. Losing weight might reduce the hormonal activity that influences the condition. Eating well can also help you feel good about yourself and counter the effects hidradenitis suppurativa might have on your self-esteem.
No specific diet has been shown to cure hidradenitis suppurativa and further research is needed on how food choices affect the condition. However, limited evidence suggests that certain steps might be helpful, including:
Talk with your doctor before making significant changes to your diet. If you choose to modify your diet, keep in mind that it might take months before you experience any improvement in your condition. Also, you'll need to continue following your new diet to maintain any improvements. In addition, surgical treatment of your lesions might still be necessary.
Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D.
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