Bacterial Skin Infections

Picture of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Picture of Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradentis suppurativa is a chronic skin disease that causes painful boil-like lumps (nodules) to form under the skin, usually under the armpits or near the groin or anus. Hidradentis suppurativa is not contagious, but it can recur. The disease is sometimes mistaken for acne, folliculitis, or boils.

Those most likely to be affected by hidradentis suppurativa are women, African Americans, and people with a history of acne. The disease usually occurs in a person's teens or 20s. Genetic factors are thought to play a part in determining who is more likely to develop hidradentis suppurativa.

Hidradentis suppurativa treatment may include the use of antibiotics, anti-inflammatory medicines, and surgery. Skin irritation may be relieved by wearing loosely fitting clothes and losing weight.

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Text References: Genetics Home Reference: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa”

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa”