What Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin inflammation marked by the presence of blackheads and one or more red tender bumps (lesions). The lesions often enlarge, break open and drain pus. Scarring may result after several occurrences.
What Causes Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when the oil glands and hair follicle openings become blocked. When oils and other skin products become trapped, they push into surrounding tissue. Bacteria can then trigger infection and inflammation.
It’s not known why this occurs, but a number of factors including hormones, genetics, cigarette smoking and excess weight, may all play a role. Hidradenitis suppurativa tends to start after puberty, persist for years and worsen over time. There is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa. But early diagnosis and treatment can help manage the symptoms and prevent new lesions from developing
What Is The Treatment For Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Early treatment can help manage the symptoms and prevent new lesions from developing. Treatments depend on the extent of the affected areas and whether the sores are painful or infected. Mild cases can be treated with self-care measures, including warm compresses and regular washings with antibacterial soap.