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Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center -  - Dermatologist

Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center

Dermatologists & Mohs Surgeons located in Glen Allen, VA & Chesterfield, VA

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a condition in which patients develop recurrent abscesses (boils) in the under arms, groin, or occasionally under the breasts. They are painful and drain and have the potential to form tunnels below the surface of the skin. This condition ranges from manageable to debilitating but there are treatment options! If you are concerned you may have HS, call Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center so our team can properly diagnose and help you manage your condition.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Q & A

What is HS? 

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic autoimmune condition affecting apocrine glands, found predominantly in the under arms and groin. It causes recurrent inflamed nodules, abscesses, and bands of scar formation that can significantly interfere with quality of life.

What causes it? 

While genetics play a big role in who develops HS, there are several risk factors, including smoking and obesity. Tight fitting clothing can also lead to flares.

Is it an infection or is it related to hygiene? 

No. The abscesses and draining lesions of HS inflammatory, do not represent infection. If a culture is done, typically no bacteria grows. However, antibiotics are a common treatment for their anti-inflammatory properties.

Can it be treated?

Because Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a genetic condition, it is managed with long-term therapy rather than cured. There are several options including injecting specific lesions, or using antibacterial soaps, lotions and gels. Systemic options like oral antibiotics can be used in addition to Humira, a biologic medication, that has been approved for the treatment of HS. To discuss which treatment will be best for you, call Absolute Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center to set up an appointment today.