Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.  Symptoms of inflammation include pain, swelling, and redness.

In some diseases the body’s immune system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. In these diseases, the body’s normally protective immune system causes damage to its own tissues.

The process by which the body creates an inflammatory response in Hidradenitis Suppurativa is not perfectly understood, but an overactive immune system is suspected to blame.

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