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What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a severe skin sore that is always misdiagnosed as skin boils. It affects the sweat glands present in the body. It resembles similar to boils or acne in appearance and is mainly caused in the areas around sweat glands or apocrine glands. It is prevalent in women as compared to males and is mostly found in the areas around armpits, groin, buttocks and breast. It is common in teenagers.


Some of its common symptoms include blackheads and swollen red bumps known as abscesses. It contains pus that leaks out when the sores enlarges and breaks out. It is quite painful just like boils or acne but is quite difficult to treat. It is important to seek early treatment because ignoring it will further make the situation worse. Initially, the infection affects small area of the body but gradually it covers the larger area resulting in inflammation of the affected areas.

As far as the treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa is concerned, self care and maintenance of personal hygiene is vital. Washing the infected area with antibacterial soap is of prime importance. Moreover avoid wearing tight fitting garments and use cotton clothes to promote easy ventilation of the air in order to prevent sweating. It is important to avoid fingering the affected areas as it may spread the infection further.

In severe conditions, the infection is likely to cover a larger area with the formation of sores. Surgical excision is carried out as treatment in such cases. Moreover antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs provide some sort of relief in the pain and discomfort caused due to Hidradenitis Suppurativa.