What is HS? Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a debilitating and chronic illness that has a great impact on quality of life physically, mentally, and emotionally. HS is an inflammatory skin condition consisting of extremely painful recurring abscesses. These abscesses can develop anywhere that hair follicles are found, which means it's possible to get HS abscesses anywhere on the body with the exception of the palms of our hands, soles of our feet and lips. HS is not contagious. There are three Hurley stages used to determine severity. The past several years of research suggest HS is autoinflammatory affecting our innate immune system. HS is currently considered an inflammatory follicle occlusion illness. There is no cure for HS and the options for treatment are limited.
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