Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), or acne inversa, is a chronic skin condition characterized by painful, boil-like lumps that form in blocked hair follicles under the skin. The lumps may eventually rupture and leak pus and blood. As the ruptures heal, hard, rope-like scars and sinus tracts (channels under the skin) often form, which can restrict movement.

Hidradenitis suppurativa typically begins with one lump that often recurs in the same location. It may eventually develop in multiple areas of the skin. Symptoms usually begin after puberty. It is categorized into three progressive stages based on the severity of symptoms.

There is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS). However, treatment can reduce symptoms and help prevent complications.

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