Do you know the symptoms of HS?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) may start out as simple as a 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 you may have mistaken as boils are actually called abscesses and can become large and painful and last for months. They can leak foul-smelling pus when they rupture, and when they heal they can leave a scar.

Some hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) symptoms:

  • Painful nodule—This lump or bump could be on the inner thigh or in the groin, and over time it can become larger and inflamed
  • Double-barreled blackheads—These are very common in the armpits, where they’ll appear in a group or in a “double-barreled” pattern
  • Abscesses—Red, sore bumps that often get larger, break open, and ooze pus
  • Fistulas—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

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Nodule

A small bump or lump under the skin.

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Abscess

A collection of pus causing swelling and inflammation in the surrounding skin.

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Rupture

Forcibly tearing or bursting through the skin.

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Hair follicle

The root where hair grows.

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Chronic

Continuing or occurring again and again for a long time.

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Comorbidities

Medical conditions that appear together.

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Triglycerides

A type of fat found in the blood that might raise your risk of coronary artery disease.

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HDL cholesterol

High-Density Lipoprotein cholesterol, or “good cholesterol.” High HDL cholesterol levels are desirable, as they reduce the risk for cardiovascular (heart) disease.

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Glucose

Sugar in bloodstream, derived from carbohydrates.

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Lesion

An ulcer or sore on the skin, such as those caused by HS.

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Fistula

An abnormal connection or tunnel under the skin that forms because of injury, infection or inflammation.

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Sinus tract

A narrow tunnel under the skin that is open on one end and lets fluid escape or drains fluid.

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Corticosteroids

A medicine used to relieve swelling, itching, and redness in the body.

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Infusion

The slow therapeutic introduction of a medication into the body via a vein.

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De-roofing

Removing the top of a cyst, sinus tract, or abscess by surgery.

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