Here are some common questions about hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).
Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS, is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that may be caused by malfunctions in the body’s immune system.
The first sign of HS you may see might be a bump on your inner thigh or a lump that looks like a pimple in your armpit.
These bumps and lumps start to develop in areas where you have hair and also where skin rubs against skin such as the underarms, groin area, buttocks, inner thighs, and underneath the breasts.
Learn more about what hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is at What is HS?
While the exact cause of HS is unknown, it’s believed that HS is caused by an overreaction of your immune system that, in turn, leads to abscesses deep within the skin.
Get all the info on the causes of HS at What Causes HS?
With HS, abscesses (sore bumps that can be filled with pus) and nodules (painful bumps that can become larger over time) form under the skin. It can start out as simple as a bump or nodule on your inner thigh, what you may mistake as a pimple in your armpit, or even a lump in your groin that you may think looks like a cyst. These bumps can become large and painful and last for months. They can fill with pus that has a smell when they rupture, and when they heal they can leave a scar.
Fistulas can also form and leak pus. These are leaking sores that take a long time to heal, and when they do there’s often scarring and the development of interconnected tunnels under the skin in that area.
Learn more about the common symptoms at HS Symptoms
As you may know, there is no cure for HS, but there are a number of treatment options that dermatologists prescribe that may give you some relief and help manage your signs and symptoms.
Learn more about different ways to help your HS at Treatment Options for HS, and talk to a dermatologist to find the right treatment option for you.
There are people all over the world living with HS who may have feelings similar to yours. That’s why joining an HS support group is a good option for connecting with people who are in a similar situation.
Here are some HS support groups:
It’s also important for everyone to get the correct diagnosis and the appropriate treatment; that’s why you should see a dermatologist if you think you have HS.