Updated: Jun 30
Do you have one or more recurring abscesses in the same area?
Do you have one or more recurring abscesses in other areas of the body?
Do your abscesses fill up and drain and or constantly drain?
Anyone can get a boil at any time in their life or develop cysts underneath the skin, however, that does not mean you have HS.
Definition of Hidradenitis Suppurativa:
Painful recurring abscesses in one or several areas of the body. Often the abscesses never fully go away. HS can also be accompanied by DEPs (blackheads and whiteheads). In the later stages of HS you can develop scarring and tunneling. Some may have a foul odor, whilst others may have no odor at all.
Read more about the stages of HS HERE
Read more about DEPs (blackheads and whiteheads) HERE.
Read more about scarring and tunneling HERE.
This is an awareness article for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider.
Written by Denise Panter-Fixsen
Edited by Brindley Kons