Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symptoms and Causes

Hidradenitis suppurativa causes

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic relapsing condition of a certain gland in the skin located primarily in the armpits, groin and buttocks.

Incidence: Common
○ More than 200,000 US cases per year
○ Treatment can help, but this condition can't be cured
○ Requires a medical diagnosis
○ Lab tests or imaging not required
○ Chronic: this is usually a lifelong condition which has a series of remissions.

Since it often appears in its early stages as small boils which come and go it is often misdiagnosed. The average delay in diagnosis of a patient is 7 years from their first visit. As with many conditions, the earlier the diagnosis, the better we can control it. As the condition progresses, it causes more and more scarring.

Cause of hair loss: Male and female airloss can be the result of heredity, hormonal changes, medical conditions or aging. Anyone can lose hair on their head, but it's more common in men.

What does a Hidradenitis Suppurativa look like?

Hair Loss is usually self-evident: This condition features pea-to-marble-sized lumps under the skin that can be painful and tend to enlarge and drain pus. They usually occur where skin rubs together, such as in the armpits, groin, and buttocks as well as under the breasts in females. People may experience skin lumps, rashes that look like acne, small bumps or ulcers. Also common: abscesses, body odor, excess sweating, itching, pimples or blackheads, pus, or swelling. Over time, noticeable scarring starts to set in.

Hidradenitis suppurativa treatments
Hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms
Hidradenitis suppurativa recovery

Treating Hidradenitis Suppurativa:

Self-Care Treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa: We currently do not recommend any self-care treatments for Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

Clinical Treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa:

At Dermatology Associates of Seattle, our board certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating this troublesome condition. In addition, our research department has been actively involved in helping to develop new and innovative treatments for this problem leading to the only FDA approved treatment for HS.
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