Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a skin condition that is characterized by deep-seated, painful lumps or cysts on the skin. These lumps mainly occur in the areas of thebody where the skin rubs together, such as the buttocks, groin, underarms, and breasts. HS is an incurable chronic skin condition that often causes itching, stinging, and burning sensations in those affected.

Causes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

The exact cause of HS is unknown, but it may be linked to hormones, bacteria, genetics, and smoking. People who are overweight or have diabetes are at an increased risk of developing HS.

Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

The primary symptom of HS is the formation of deep-seated, painful lumps or cysts on the skin. These lumps usually occur in areas where skin rubs together such as the armpits, buttocks, groin, and inner thighs. Additional symptoms include itching, stinging, and burning sensations, as well as scarring.

Treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

The primary treatment for HS is topical antibiotics, such as clindamycin or erythromycin. Other treatments may include corticosteroids, laser treatments, or surgery. In some cases, lifestyle changes may also be recommended, such as quitting smoking and keeping the affected areas clean and dry.

Tips for Managing Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

  • Keep the affected area clean and dry.
  • Use warm compresses to help keep the lumps from becoming infected.
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing.
  • Avoid too much heat or too much sweating.
  • Avoid friction and rubbing the affected area.
  • Avoid using scented soaps, lotions, or creams in the affected area.
  • Lose weight if overweight, as this can help improve symptoms.