Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis Suppurativa

What is hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a disease that usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin. The pimple-like bumps develop in places that everyday pimples do not appear. HS is most common on the underarms and groin. HS does not form on the face or back.

Some people say that their HS looks like one of these skin conditions:

  • Pimples
  • Deep-acne like cysts and blackheads
  • Folliculitis (looks like swollen pimple with a hair in the center)
  • Boils

Getting treatment for HS is important. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent HS from worsening.

If HS worsens, the pimple-like bumps can grow deep into the skin and become painful. They can rupture, leaking bloodstained pus onto clothing. This fluid often has a foul odor.  

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