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WHAT CAUSES HS?
No one knows for sure what causes hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). One theory is that HS is the result of a defect in hair follicles.
What we do know is that HS tends to form when:
- A blockage in a hair follicle causes the follicle to clog
- Pressure builds and the wall of the follicle leaks sideways, deep within the skin under the surface
- The leakage makes the immune system respond, causing the follicle to become inflamed
HS is a skin disease. It’s not from poor hygiene, it’s not an STD.
HS is not caused by infection, your race, or diet. It’s not from using deodorants or shaving your underarms. And it’s not contagious. Remember—you didn’t get HS because of anything you did or didn’t do.
When It Comes to HS, Do You Know What’s Fact and What’s BS?
Find out if what you think or believe about hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is really true or just a bogus story. Once you pick an answer it cannot be modified.
- BS -
Poor hygiene does not cause HS. Genetic,
hormonal, and immune factors cause HS.
- BS -
HS is not an STD and it cannot
be sexually transmitted.
- FACT -
HS is not contagious; it can’t be
spread to other people.
- FACT -
Smoking has been associated with increased
severity of HS. But smoking does not cause HS.
- FACT -
But being obese or overweight has been associated with increased severity of HS and may promote lesions by having skin folds rub against each other.
A small bump or lump under the skin.see glossary list
A collection of pus causing swelling and inflammation in the surrounding skin.see glossary list
Forcibly tearing or bursting through the skin.see glossary list
The root where hair grows.see glossary list
Continuing or occurring again and again for a long time.see glossary list
Medical conditions that appear together.see glossary list
A type of fat found in the blood that might raise your risk of coronary artery disease.see glossary list
High-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol, or “good cholesterol.” High HDL cholesterol levels are desirable, as they reduce the risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease.see glossary list
Sugar in bloodstream, derived from carbohydrates.see glossary list
An ulcer or sore on the skin, such as those caused by HS.see glossary list
An abnormal connection or tunnel under the skin that forms because of injury, infection or inflammation.see glossary list
A narrow tunnel under the skin that is open on one end and lets fluid escape or drains fluid.see glossary list
A medicine used to relieve swelling, itching, and redness in the body.see glossary list
The slow therapeutic introduction of a medication into the body via a vein.see glossary list
Removing the top of a cyst, sinus tract, or abscess by surgery.see glossary list