Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Let's Talk About Hidradenitis Suppurativa

We've got the doctor-approved details on hidradenitis suppurativa causes, symptoms, treatments, and a jillion other facts and tips that can make life with HS easier.

    Our Pro PanelHidradenitis Suppurativa

    We went to some of the nation’s top experts in hidradenitis suppurativa to bring you the most up-to-date information possible.

    Dr. Hamzavi.

    Iltefat H. Hamzavi, M.D.Senior Staff Physician

    Henry Ford Hospital Department of Dermatology
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    Jennifer L. Hsiao, M.D.Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor Medical Dermatology

    Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
    Los Angeles
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    Joslyn R. Sciacca Kirby, M.D.Director

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc.
    Hershey, PA
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    Getting a Handle on HS

    Your Guide to HS Self-Care

    No matter what stage of hidradenitis suppurativa you’re dealing with, show your skin some TLC with these tips and tactics from the pros.

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    Just One More Question

    Dr. Christopher Sayed on All Things HS

    For our "Just One More Question...!" video series, Dr. Christopher Sayed sat down with us to answer some of the most common questions he hears from his patients with hidradenitis suppurativa.

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    • HS statistics: JAMA Dermatology (2017). “Sex- and Age-Adjusted Population Analysis of Prevalence Estimates for Hidradenitis Suppurativa in the United States,”

    • HS patients’ needs: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2019) “Evaluating Patients' Unmet Needs in Hidradenitis Suppurativa: results from the Global VOICE project,”

    • Hormones and HS: Acta Dermatovenerologica Croatica (2016). “The Role of Androgens and Estrogens in Hidradenitis Suppurativa - A Systematic Review,”

    • Smoking and HS: British Journal of Dermatology (2017). “Incidence of hidradenitis suppurativa among tobacco smokers: a population‐based retrospective analysis in the U.S.A.,”

    • HS symptoms, diagnosis, and comorbidities: Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology (2017). “Hidradenitis suppurativa: from pathogenesis to diagnosis and treatment,”

    • Sex and HS: International Journal of Women’s Dermatology (2018). “Quality of life and sexual health in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa,”

    • Pregnancy and HC: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (2017). “Management of hidradenitis suppurativa in pregnancy,”

    • Biologics and HS: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology (2019). “Clinical response rate and flares of hidradenitis suppurativa in the treatment with adalimumab,”

    • Hormone therapies in HS: Dermatology Online Journal (2017). Hormonal therapies for hidradenitis suppurativa: Review,

    • Overall Treatment and HS: Mayo Clinic Proceedings (2015). “Hidradenitis Suppurativa,”

    • Arthritis and HS: The Journal of Rheumatology (2014). “Hidradenitis Suppurativa Associated with Spondyloarthritis — Results from a Multicenter National Prospective Study,”

    • Suicide and HS: Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2017). “Completed suicide in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa: A population analysis in the United States,”

    • PCOS: MD Edge/Dermatology (2018). “Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Linked with HS,”

    • IBS and HS: JAMA Dermatology (2019). “Association of Hidradenitis Suppurativa With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,”

    • Heart disease and HS: JAMA Dermatology (2016). “Risk of Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events and All-Cause Mortality in Patients With Hidradenitis Suppurativa,”

    • British Journal of Dermatology (2015). “Cardiovascular disease risk factors in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa: a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies,”


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    Linda Rodgers


    Linda Rodgers is a former magazine and digital editor turned writer, focusing on health and wellness.