Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a painful, chronic, scarring skin condition that leads to the formation of lumps (nodules), abscesses, and draining channels in the skin. It often affects certain areas of the body including the armpits, breasts, groins and genitals, and bottom. The exact cause is unknown, but the disorder involves inflammation around the hair follicles in these areas. There is an association with smoking, being overweight, and other medical problems including arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and diabetes mellitus. HS has a significant impact on patients’ quality of life.

Source: Imperial College Healthcare

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