Hidradenitis Suppurativa, also known as HS, is a chronic, non-contagious skin disease that primarily appears in the folds of the skin such as; the axillas, under breasts, groin, genitals, and buttocks. This disease causes painful boils and abscesses, that result in the formation of disfiguring scar tissue and sinus tracts (tunnels). The abscesses can cause debilitating pain and produce moderate to large amounts of foul drainage.
HS is defined by recurrent boils that are in the characteristic locations of the folds of the skin. Sadly, there is not a cure at this time for HS. But, there are treatments. HS is NOT rare! Many are living with HS and have not yet been diagnosed due to the embarrassment caused by this disease. It is estimated that as many as 150 million persons are living with HS (when milder cases are also considered). The quality of life impact felt by HS sufferers is tremendous.
There are diseases that can be associated with HS. Examples include metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and dissecting cellulitis among others.
Do you think you or someone you know may have Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)?
If you or someone you know believes you may have Hidradenitis Suppurativa, you may contact Henry Ford Health System Department of Dermatology in Detroit, to make an appointment in the Follicular Disorders Clinic for evaluation by phone at (313) 916-2163.
To learn more about HS, watch our 10 minute documentary on HS