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Hidradenitis Suppurativa

What Causes HS?

Learn about the genetic and environmental risk factors that might play a role.

Christopher Sayed, M.D., associate professor of dermatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, discusses the common genetic and environmental risk factors associated with HS.

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What Is HS?

Get the basics on this chronic inflammatory skin condition.

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Is HS Contagious?

Deep breath: The answer will likely leave you feeling relieved.

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Can HS Be Cured?

We’ve got the answer to the most frequently asked question about HS.

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What Are the Symptoms of HS?

Pain, nodules, pus…the symptoms of HS are impossible to ignore.

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What Are Some Ways to Soothe HS Pain?

Simple strategies can help ease (if not always eliminate) the pain.

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How Is HS Typically Diagnosed?

There’s no test for HS. Find out how doctors make the call.

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What Are the Stages of HS?

Learn how hidradenitis can progress when it’s not treated.

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What Treatments Are Available for HS?

Depending on the stage, you may have several choices.

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What Other Health Conditions Often Occur with HS?

Learn about the most common comorbidities of hidradenitis suppurativa.

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Is Obesity Linked to HS?

Our expert explains what we know—and don't know—about the influence of weight on hidradenitis suppurativa.

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What Is the Emotional Impact of HS?

The effects of the inflammatory condition hidradenitis suppurativa are way more than skin deep, increasing the risk for depression and anxiety.

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Is Surgery Effective in Treating HS?

Not everyone with hidradenitis suppurativa needs invasive treatment. Find out if surgery could be right for you.