What is it?
This is a painful long term skin disease that causes abscesses and scarring of the skin, usually around the groin, buttocks, breasts and armpits.
What causes it?
Not known what causes this disease but is it linked to inflamed apocrine glands and plugging of hair follicles. The apocrine sweat glands are found in areas where we have the most sweat glands which explains why the skin in the groin and armpit region are most affected.
What are the symptoms?
HS ranges from mild to severe. It causes a mixture of red boil like lumps, blackheads, cysts and scarring and channels in the skin that leak pus. These lumps and spots are found around the groin and armpits and sometimes under the breasts and in other areas. Some lumps may become infected with bacteria causing a secondary infection that will require antibiotics. HS is very painful.
The prevalence of skin disease exceeds that of obesity, hypertension, or cancer. Despite skin being the largest organ of the human body, dermatological research remains one of the most under funded areas of medicine. In a world where society has an increasing preoccupation with image and it’s importance to every aspect of a person’s life, sufferers of skin diseases are feeling and being more marginalised and isolated than ever.
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