What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Hidradenitis Suppurativa is an inflammatory skin disease that affects apocrine gland-bearing skin in the axillae, in the groin, and under the breasts. It is characterized by recurrent boil like nodules and abscesses that culminate in pus-like discharge, difficult-to-heal open wounds (sinuses) and scarring. Hidradenitis Suppurativa also has a significant psychological impact, and many patients suffer from impairment of body image, depression and anxiety.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa is an inflammatory disorder and the exact cause is not yet understood. Risk factors include:
- Other family members with Hidradenitis Suppurativa
- Insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome
- Cigarette smoking
Is there a cure?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Hidradenitis Suppurativa. However, our experienced dermatology provider can help find the right treatment plan for you to better control your H.S. flares.
What can help H.S.?
Incision and drainage of acute abscesses
Intralesional corticosteroids into nodules
Smoking cessation: this can lead to improvement within a few months
To find out what the best treatment is for you, make an appointment with us today.