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Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory disease characterized by recurrent painful boils that favor the underarms, groin, and buttocks. Hidradenitis suppurativa’s cause is unknown, but thought to stem from abnormal hair follicle blockage, rupture, and inflammation of the surrounding soft tissue. This leads to the formation of the abscesses in sinus tracts, and may even result in bacterial infection of the involved follicles.

Hidradenitis suppurativa typically begins in puberty, but can also occur later on in life. The condition is most common among females, smokers, and African Americans. Approximately one-third of patients report a family history of the condition. Diabetes, obesity, and hormonal disturbances are also contributing factors. It is not contagious and not caused by poor hygiene. 

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symptoms

Hidradenitis suppurativa typically begins in the underarms and groin areas. They can become large and painful, and last for months. Symptoms include:

  • Blackheads that appear in pairs or patterns
  • Red, tender bumps or lesions that grow, break open and drain pus that may have a foul odor
  • Painful lumps that develop under the skin and may grow or return for years
  • Tunnels, or sinus tracts connecting the lumps which can leak pus

Why Choose Jefferson Health?

Less than 15 recognized Hidradenitis suppurativa clinics exist in the United States. Our Jefferson Health Hidradenitis suppurativa clinic offers comprehensive care to address the condition from a medical and surgical standpoint. Jefferson Health dermatology experts will work closely with leaders in the areas of urology, OB-GYN, plastic surgery, radiation oncology, and general surgery to treat your Hidradenitis suppurativa.

Request an Appointment

Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a hidradenitis suppurativa specialist.