Hidradenitis suppurativa, also referred to as acne inversa, is a skin condition that causes marble-sized lumps under the skin. These lumps usually develop where skin rubs together, the body parts such as armpits, groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts. The lumps are painful and may break open and drain foul-smelling pus. In many cases, tunnels connecting the lumps will form under the skin.
What causes hidradenitis suppurativa is unknown. Acne inversa develops when hair follicles become blocked and inflamed. The reason of blockage forming is not known, but a number of factors such as hormones, genetics, cigarette smoking and excess weight may contribute in the cause. The skin condition tends to start after puberty and gets worse over time.
As of now, there is no treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa. But Early diagnosis and treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa is necessary to manage the complications related the condition and keeping new lesions from developing.
Your doctor might suggest use of antibiotics for a long term for preventing the disease from worsening and might reduce the risk of future outbreaks. Corticosteroids (injecting steroid medications directly into the tender nodule) can help get rid of inflammation. Tumour necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha inhibitors and other medications can help patients manage complications of the condition. For severe or persistent cases, surgery may be necessary.
Hidradenitis suppurativa is unsightly and painful. Moreover, the lesions may drain and smell foul. You might feel bad about yourself owing to the symptoms and become withdrawn or self-conscious. As you go through this difficult time, family and those who are close can help you tremendously
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