I haven't written in a while and I apologize for that. Sometimes talking about it makes it more depressing for me since it's a daily battle in my life and I'm never clear of it and always in pain with the sores. If any of you haven't read my initial post, it's back on November 7, 2012 and I've had Hidradenitis Suppurativa since puberty but did not know what it was till about 20 some years ago. Doctors called it acute acne or some other names that really don't matter now. I've had the sores lanced, had surgery on them, and then just let them run their course and in every case, the sores come back because they have a tendency to create tunnels under the skin and they pop up every where and even where you've just had a sore so you get those, "what I call", ungodly bumped up purple scars. I'm 63 now and I have to say that the older you get, the more you get of them and in areas that cannot be bandaged or even antibiotic ointment put on. I'm post menopausal and I was hoping they would get better but I'm here to tell you they have not. The ointment that I've been prescribed by my family doctor who is wonderful an empathizes with me and this disease, is Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% and it really does help and takes a good bit of the pain out of the sore as it goes through the process of either healing or opening up and draining and healing. I HIGHLY recommend it if you can get your doctor to prescribe it for you. This isn't a condition that is going to go away. If you are born with it, you are stuck with it because it's genetic and I got it by way of my mother. I have a daughter who has had just a few over the years and hers have cleared up nicely and I got her to use the cream for getting rid of scars and they've made them almost invisible. She doesn't have it like I did at her age and I doubt she ever will because hers isn't progressing like mine did. You'll get some that just come and go without rupturing and draining and then you'll get those that don't leave until they've ruptured and drain and I've had them all sizes from a "pea" size to the size of a "lemon" and I'm not exaggerating in the slightest and when that one festered up, I had layers of skin to slough off from the fever that was in it. I've had staph infection to set into some of them but never mrsa so do be very careful with them. If you get any that are very large, it's best to go to the doctor and get on an antibiotic to prevent it. I try not to use antibiotics too often because I don't want them to stop working. Right now I'm on Doxycycline because I've had so many that I felt my body needed to be flushed out. I'm also allergic to sulfur so that eliminates a lot of antibiotics that I cannot take that would hep the sores as well. There's no easy fix, you just have to find what works best for you. I've done all the soaps, creams, even did shots that were supposed to help and finally was told that removing the sweat glands was the best option and the dermatologist wouldn't do that because it opens you up to the possibilities of cancer developing. I do my best to stay out of the heat so I am inside a lot in air conditioning because the more I sweat, the more sores I get even if skin isn't touching other skin … they just come out of nowhere it seems. There's no other way to say it but to say, it's a never ending battle, and I really do empathize with any of you that suffer from this disease, because it's no fun whatsoever. Do look into the ointment I mentioned above because it really does help me. AND if you have difficulty with bandaids or bandages like I do, I can recommend 3M Medipore +Pad Soft Cloth Adhesive Wound Dressings 3.5" x 4" and I also use the 3 1/2 x 8 size as well. My skin is very sensitive and they don't irritate the skin around the sores or pull or tear at the healthy skin. They are the only bandages that I can use. I also quit using Tide detergent because it's very abrasive (was told to stop using it by the dermatologist) and I use Dove soap in the bathroom and Arm and Hammer Oxi Clean laundry detergent. If ANY OF THIS helps you, I'll be so happy, or if any of this information helps in the least. I've had HS for over 50 years now so I have 50 years of experience that I'd be glad to share in any way I can. Happy days to you folks with less days with sores rather than more days.