Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a common, chronic skin disease characterized by clusters of abscesses or subcutaneous boil-like "infections" that most commonly affects apocrine sweat gland bearing areas, such as the underarms, under the breasts, inner thighs, groin and buttocks. The disease is not contagious. There are indications that it is hereditary among certain ethnic groups and autoimmune in nature. Onset is most common in the late teens and early 20's. HS outbreaks are painful in tender areas and may persist for years with interspersed periods of inflammation, often culminating in sudden drainage of pus. This process often forms open wounds that will not heal and ... more on Wikipedia

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