If you think you may have hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) but haven’t been diagnosed, it might be time for you to make an appointment with a dermatologist.
HS is a skin disease that is not well known, so not all doctors may be familiar with it. Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating inflammatory skin conditions like HS. So, they’re likely to have more experience treating patients with HS than another medical doctor.
If you don’t have a dermatologist, you may need a referral from your general practitioner. This may depend on your health insurance plan. It's important to get a referral to a dermatologist because they understand HS is a systemic condition caused by inflammation in the body.
As you schedule and prepare for your dermatologist appointment, here are some things to keep in mind when discussing your signs and symptoms: