Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

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What is HS?

Hidradenitis suppurativa, often abbreviated as HS, is a chronic skin condition thatprimarily affects areas of your body where skin rubs together, such as thearmpits, groin, buttocks, and beneaththe breasts. It's characterized by theformation of painful lumps, abscesses (collections of pus), and tunnels under theskin. These can be quite painful and can lead to scarring over time.

What Causes HS?

The exact cause of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)is not fully understood, but it is believed to be a multifactorial condition influenced by various factors. The list includes hair follicle blockage, inflammation, genetics, hormonal factors, obesity, and bacterial infection.

What are the Symptoms of HS?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) can manifest with a range of symptoms that can vary in severity from person to person. Common symptoms of HS include painful lumps and nodules, abscesses, tunnels (develop under the skin as narrow, inflamed channels that connect the abscesses), scarring, redness and swelling, and open sores.

How is HS Diagnosed?

Diagnosing HS typically involves a combination of medical history evaluation, physical examination, and, in some cases, additional tests such as taking a culture or biopsy. HS can sometimes be mistaken for other conditions, so it's essential for your healthcare provider to differentiate it from similar skin disorders during the diagnostic process.

What HS Treatment Options are Available?

The management of HS typically involves a combination of treatment options tailored to the individual's specific needs, the severity of their condition, and the affected areas. The goal of treatment is to control symptoms, reduce the frequency and severity of flare-ups, and improve the patient's quality of life. Some of the common treatments include:

  • Lifestyle modifications such as hygiene, weight management, and diet
  • Topical medications
  • Oral medications (i.e. antibiotics & isotretinoin)
  • Subcutaneous treatment (i.e. biological medications & corticosteroids)
  • Hormone therapy
  • Surgical procedures

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