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.


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.