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Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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  • Hidradenitis suppurativa

     Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a common (though rarely diagnosed), chronic skin disease characterized by clusters of abscesses or subcutaneous boil-like "infections" (oftentimes free of actual bacteria) that most commonly affects apocrine sweat gland bearing areas, such as the underarms, under the breasts, inner thighs, groin and buttocks.

  • Hidradenitis suppurativa

     Hidradenitis suppurativa commonly occurs around hair follicles, where many oil and sweat glands are found, such as in the armpits, groin and anal area.

     
    Medical management of hidradenitis suppurativa is difficult. The aim is to catch the disease in its early stages and treat and control these milder forms. Antibiotics are usual therapy (partly to eradicate secondary bacterial infection and partly for their anti-inflammatory action) and long courses may be necessary. Weight loss in obese patients and smoking cessation are recommended.
     
  • Hidradenitis suppurativa

    HS is a relatively common and extremely burdensome inflammatory skin condition that is not well-recognised outside of dermatology clinics; yet, the clinical presentation is distinct and awareness of common risk factors, possible comorbid conditions and patient-reported quality of life can enable a reliable diagnosis. With a prevalence of 1–4%, HS is not a rare disease. It occurs most frequently in post-pubescent women, and sex differences have been identified. Risk factors for HS include smoking and obesity, which may also be associated with more severe disease.
     
 

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