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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

    For a disease that affects 1 to 4 percent of the population, HS is little-known and often misdiagnosed. A surgeon or family doctor who is unfamiliar with the condition may mistake it for acne or for an infection such as MRSA or staph. It is also a diagnosis widely unrecognized by the public. I recall speaking with a journalist who was shocked that she had not heard of such a common disease in more than 20 years on the medical beat.
     
 

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