Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition characterized by painful, recurring lumps or abscesses in areas where skin rubs together, such as the armpits, groin, buttocks, and under the breasts. These abscesses can rupture, leading to tunnels under the skin, scarring, and inflammation.

Our dermatologists play a crucial role in managing HS by offering various treatments to alleviate symptoms and reduce flare-ups. At Dermatology of Southeastern Ohio, we want to help you achieve, healthy, glowing schedule. Schedule a skin exam to start your healthy skin journey.

Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) typically begins with the appearance of blackheads, pus-filled spots, and firm pea-sized lumps in a specific area.
  • This chronic skin condition can progress, leading to the formation of painful nodules and abscesses. As HS advances, it may cause tunnels under the skin, connecting these lesions.
  • The condition commonly affects areas where skin rubs together, such as the armpits, groin, buttocks, and under the breasts.

Causes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) likely arises from genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors.
  • While its precise cause isn't fully known, a familial connection indicates genetic predisposition. 

How to Prevent Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Preventing Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) involves developing a custom treatment plan alongside your dermatologist to manage the condition and minimize flare-ups.

Hidradentis-Suppurativa FAQs

Diagnosis is usually made based on clinical examination by a dermatologist, considering the characteristic symptoms and appearance of lesions. In some cases, additional tests, such as a biopsy, may be performed to confirm the diagnosis.

No, HS is not contagious. It is a chronic inflammatory skin condition with no evidence of being spread through contact with affected individuals.

The frequency of dermatology visits depends on the severity of HS and the chosen treatment plan. In many cases, regular follow-ups are recommended to monitor progress and adjust treatment as needed.

Yes, lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, practicing good personal hygiene, and avoiding smoking may help manage HS symptoms. Dermatologists can provide guidance on lifestyle modifications.

How to treat Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Dermatologists use various treatments to manage Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) symptoms and reduce flare-ups. These may include antibiotics or topicals like clindamycin, oral antibiotics such as tetracycline, and corticosteroid injections for pain and inflammation. In severe cases, biologics like adalimumab or surgery may be considered.

It's crucial for individuals with HS to team up with dermatologists to create a personalized treatment plan based on their condition and health.

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