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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

    This study validates prior anecdotal reports suggesting a possible association between hidradenitis suppurativa and nonmelanoma skin cancer, Dr. Ortonne said. The suspicion is that the chronic inflammatory bacterial infections and foreign body reactions that figure so prominently in hidradenitis suppurativa can trigger epidermal proliferative changes, including malignancy The higher skin cancer risk in women than men with hidradenitis suppurativa could be related to hormonal influences, or to the fact that women tend to get the inflammatory skin disease at an earlier age than men and hence have lengthier exposure to the disease's effects
     
 

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