We’re going to be straight with you. Hidradenitis suppurativa can make life miserable. It's a chronic, inflammatory condition that affects at least 1% of the population, and its symptoms range from irritating to life-altering. “This is a painful, painful condition with patients [at later stages] suffering large, inflamed boils and abscesses in areas like the armpits, groin, buttocks, and breasts,” says Rashmi Unwala, M.D., a dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. “Drainage from these abscesses can also smell quite bad, which of course can be devastating to self-esteem.”
And what do you need when things are really, really hard? Lots of TLC.