Could I Have HS? Take the symptom quiz and find out.

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a complex disease, and it often goes undiagnosed for years. That’s why it’s important to talk to a medical doctor. Dermatologists in particular are experts in skin conditions like HS. This quiz can help them better understand your symptoms, and help them offer you appropriate treatment options. After completing the quiz, please visit a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Think you may have HS?

Take the symptom quiz

Please note: This quiz is not meant to diagnose patients with HS. Talk to a dermatologist about your results.

1. Have you experienced tender, swollen bumps called nodules and abscesses that may look like boils on your inner thighs, armpits, chest, groin, or buttocks?

2. Have you experienced these symptoms during the past 6 months?

3. During those 6 months, did the bumps reappear 3 or more times?

4. Do you have any scarring in the areas where the bumps first appeared?

5. Has anyone in your family been diagnosed with HS?

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Nodule

A small bump or lump under the skin.

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Abscess

A collection of pus causing swelling and inflammation in the surrounding skin.

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Rupture

Forcibly tearing or bursting through the skin.

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Hair follicle

The root where hair grows.

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Chronic

Continuing or occurring again and again for a long time.

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Comorbidities

Medical conditions that appear together.

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Triglycerides

A type of fat found in the blood that might raise your risk of coronary artery disease.

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HDL cholesterol

High-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol, or “good cholesterol.” High HDL cholesterol levels are desirable, as they reduce the risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease.

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Glucose

Sugar in bloodstream, derived from carbohydrates.

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Lesion

An ulcer or sore on the skin, such as those caused by HS.

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Fistula

An abnormal connection or tunnel under the skin that forms because of injury, infection or inflammation.

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Sinus tract

A narrow tunnel under the skin that is open on one end and lets fluid escape or drains fluid.

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Corticosteroids

A medicine used to relieve swelling, itching, and redness in the body.

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Infusion

The slow therapeutic introduction of a medication into the body via a vein.

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De-roofing

Removing the top of a cyst, sinus tract, or abscess by surgery.

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