What is it?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory skin condition that is also known as acne inversa. it is characterized by the occurrence of inflammed and swollen lumps. These are typically painful and may break open, releasing fluid or pus. The areas most commonly affected are the underarms, under the breasts, and the groin.
The exact cause is unclear but believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The mechanism involves obstruction of hair follicles and consequent inflammation. The condition is not caused by an infection, poor hygiene, or the use of deodorant.

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Signs & symptoms

signs and symptoms may include:
* red, pimple-like bumps, usually in the armpits, under the breasts and the groin area.
* Pain
* nodules that leak or drain
* in cases of a recurrent or persistent disease, you may develop sinus tracts under your skin (channels that connect lumps) and scar tissue may be formed.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis is made by physical examination conducted preferably by a dermatologist.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon presentation and severity of the disease. Possible treatments include the following:
* lifestyle modifications: Warm baths may be tried, Weight loss and stopping smoking is also recommended
* various medications, including antibiotics, biologic drugs, steroids, pain medications, hormones, and retinoids.
* Surgery

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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