Hidradenitis Suppurativa - Symptoms and Treatment
Hidradenitis suppurativa or HS is a skin disease that affects areas bearing apocrine sweat glands and hair follicles ; such as the underarms, groin and buttocks, and under the breasts in women. Initially, they starts as one or more red, tender, swellings in the groin or axilla. But after few days, these lesions enlarge and often open to the skin surface draining all of its yellow fluid. The involved area then heals with scarring. The condition usually continues for years with periods of flare and remission. The condition most commonly occurs between 20-40 years and coincides with the post-pubertal increase in androgen levels. Women are affected by hidradenitis suppurativa three times as often as men; the reason for this is unknown. Often, patients with hidradenitis suppurativa also are afflicted with acne, pilonidal cysts, and chronic scalp folliculitis; thus, giving rise to the term follicular occlusion tetrad. HS is often called an 'orphan illness', due to little research being conducted on the disease at this time. Pain is a common symptom in chronic disease. Over time, fibers of scar tissue branch out, creating restrictive, tight skin. HS sufferers may go through severe bouts of depression, avoid public and inter-personal contact, become sedentary and often overweight. Hidradenitis suppurativa tends to start after puberty, persist for years and worsen over time.
Causes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
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Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
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Treatment of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
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