• Abscess

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

  • Chronic

    Continuing or occurring again and again for a long time.

  • Comorbidities

    Medical conditions that appear together.

  • Corticosteroid

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

  • De-roofing

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

  • Fistula

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

  • Glucose

    Sugar in the bloodstream, derived from carbohydrates.

  • Hair follicle

    The root where hair grows.

  • HDL cholesterol

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

  • Infusion

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

  • Lesion

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

  • MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)

    A staph infection that’s not treatable by most antibiotics typically used to treat these infections.

  • Nodule

    A small bump or lump under the skin.

  • Pilonidal cysts

    Abnormal pockets or cavities that contain hair and skin debris, located near the cleft of the buttocks.

  • Rupture

    Forcibly tearing or bursting through the skin.

  • Sinus tract

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

  • Triglycerides

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