Because hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is an inflammatory disorder, people with HS may also have one or more conditions at the same time. These are sometimes referred to as comorbidities. HS is not thought to cause these conditions or vice versa. Talk to your doctor to learn more if you think you’re experiencing any of the signs and symptoms of the conditions listed below.
Metabolic syndrome is a combination of 3 or more of the following risk factors: abdominal obesity, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, elevated blood pressure, and elevated fasting glucose level.
Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health disorders, and often overlap. When someone’s anxiety is constant, excessive, feels uncontrollable, and interferes with daily life, they may have an anxiety disorder. Signs of depression may include fatigue, loss of pleasure in normal activities, a significant loss or increase in appetite, poor self-image, and withdrawal from personal contact.
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) are a group of chronic inflammatory bowel conditions that affect the gastrointestinal system. These can include Crohn’s disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC). Symptoms may include diarrhea, blood in stool, and unintended weight loss.
Inflammatory arthritis is characterized by inflammation of the joints, and can include disorders like psoriatic arthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, among others. Symptoms may include stiffness, pain, and/or swelling at the joints.
Severe acne, also known as acne conglobata, is a severe type of acne that usually affects men more than women. Along with other chronic suppurative (pus-forming) skin diseases, it was one of the first conditions associated with HS. These conditions are long‐lasting and can leave scars.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome, or PCOS, is a disorder characterized by growths on the ovaries and ovarian dysfunction. This hormonal imbalance can lead to irregular period cycles, acne, or facial hair.
To learn more, or if you’re experiencing any signs and symptoms of the conditions listed above, please tell your doctor. It’s also important to be open and honest with your doctor about your symptoms, so your doctor can appropriately manage your care.