Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic inflammatory condition that usually affects skin folds. Our experienced dermatologists are at the forefront of clinical research to offer patients living with HS access to new treatment therapies so they can feel comfortable in their own skin.
How to identify HS
HS takes the form of bumps, cysts and abscesses most commonly found in the armpits, groin and buttocks, under the breast and on the back of the neck. Lesions come and go, and they can be tender, drain pus-like material, scar and potentially create tracts under the skin.
The good news is that HS is treatable with medical treatments and simple lifestyle changes.
Multiple factors contribute to the development of HS, such as your genetics and environment. HS was originally believed to be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria due to a problem with the sweat glands. In fact, it’s caused by clogged, inflamed hair follicles.
Common conditions that are associated with or can worsen HS include:
Our dermatologists can treat your HS with medical approaches, including:
- Antibiotics and antimicrobial agents
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Biologic systemic therapy
- Anti-hormonal agents
- Lasers and surgery
Lifestyle changes like the following can help you manage your HS:
- Avoid smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Wearing loose, breathable clothing