Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is an inflammatory condition of the hair follicle. Recurrent, inflamed nodules and cysts form in the armpits and groin. These may also be found under the breasts, and around the nipples and anus. Less commonly other areas of the body can be affected.

  • Causes

    The hair follicle becomes blocked causing inflammation of the sweat glands. The blockage may lead to absesses, infection, or scarring.

  • Definition

    Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)
    is an inflammatory condition of the hair follicle. Recurrent, inflamed nodules and cysts
    form in the armpits and groin. These may also be found under the breasts, and around the nipples and anus. Less commonly other areas of the body can be affected.

    Sweat Gland
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  • Diagnosis

    Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.

    In most cases, the doctor will be able to make a diagnosis by looking at the nodules.

  • Prevention

    There are no current guidelines to prevent HS.

  • Risk Factors

    HS is more common in women than in men. Other factors that increase your chances of getting HS include:

    • Family history
    • Obesity
    • Smoking
    • Acne

  • Symptoms

    HS may cause:

    • Burning, itching, or painful lumps in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, around the nipples or anus, or and other involved area
    • Pus leaking from openings in the lumps
    • Excessive sweating
    • Scarring

  • Treatment

    Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Options may include one or more of the following: