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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

    Current understanding of the pathogenesis suggests that hyperkeratosis of the infundibulum, leading to follicular occlusion of the pilosebaceous unit plays a role. Bacterial infection with staphylococci, Escherichia coli and streptococcus is considered as a secondary event in the pathogenesis. Smoking and obesity are both known as risk factors and are associated with more severe disease course. Recently, more attention has been put into the understanding of the immunopathology of the skin and the results indicate that hidradenitis suppurativa may be considered as an inflammatory disease of unknown cause based on a defect in the hair follicle immunity.

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