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Helpful resources for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)

More and more HS resources are becoming available. See below for more information on the evolving understanding of HS, opportunities to join an online community, and tools for supporting a healthy lifestyle.

History of hidradenitis suppurativa

HS was first identified in the 1830s. Since that time, research has shown that inflammation and the immune system may play a key role. Here’s a look at how HS research and awareness have changed over time:

  • 1839: Symptoms of HS first described by a French physician
  • 1854: Sweat gland inflammation observed by another French physician, who officially named the disease hidradenitis suppurativa
  • 1939: Infection of specific sweat glands thought to be the primary cause of HS
  • 1975: HS classified as a member of a group of conditions called the follicular occlusion tetrad
  • 1990s: Research conducted to better understand the links between HS and specific cells in hair follicles
  • 2011: A new understanding of HS emerged, pointing to higher levels of immune proteins in those with HS
  • 2019: The North American Clinical Management Guidelines for HS issued to provide a framework for diagnosing and managing HS

Today, hidradenitis suppurativa research and attention in the medical community is growing. This increasing support and interest will help provide more and more answers in the coming years. In the meantime, check out the sites below for even more information about the disease.

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