What Are the Symptoms of HS?
Pain, nodules, pus…the symptoms of HS are impossible to ignore.
Christopher Sayed, M.D., associate professor of dermatology professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, talks about the symptoms of HS, which includes persistent, painful abscesses, and nodules.
The early symptoms of HS can be confusing, because it often starts in the teen years where maybe one small abscess forms. Until some time has passed and you see recurrence start to happen, it's really hard to know for sure what's going on.
There are often young patients in the early teen years’ time frame, where they've had one or two spots pop up. It certainly could be something like an ingrown hair or a staph infection affecting the hair follicle, which is what HS often gets confused for over time.
However, if that's happening currently or over time, then it becomes very obvious that it's more than just a simple infection that could be treated with antibiotics once. It can progress very rapidly sometimes or maybe just smolder like that for years.