What causes hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?
While genetics and environment are among the factors that play a role in the development of HS, the exact cause of the condition is still unknown. HS is a lot more than just what you can see and feel on the outside. In fact, it’s believed to be related to a problem in the immune system. That’s why people sometimes use the term “autoimmune disease” to describe HS—though research has shown it's actually a systemic inflammatory condition related to the immune system.
While there are many things still not understood about HS, let’s take a deeper look at what medical research has uncovered. Watch the video below for an inside look at HS:
Looking at HS beneath the surface
To better understand HS, let’s go from the inside, out—starting with the immune system.
The bottom line
Once you understand the science behind HS, you can easily see how this condition is nobody’s fault—especially your own. The good news is that medical research has been growing rapidly in recent years—with many strides being made in the understanding of HS and how to care for it.