Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a painful, long-term skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin.

Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs near hair follicles where there are sweat glands, usually around the groin, buttocks, breasts and armpits.

Generally, more women than men have the condition, and the condition affects about 1% of the population.

More information about symptoms, and treatment are available on the NHS conditions website here.

In addition, the British Skin Foundation website provides information and advice.

The British Association of Dermatologists have also produced information leaflets. The link to their site is here

The Hidradenitis Trust also provides support to patients.

New Publication by Trudie Young

Back to basics : understanding hidradenitis suppurativa


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Embarrassing Bodies

Hidradenitis Suppurativa has been featured on the Channel 4 Programme Embarrassing Bodies. You can find a link to the condition on their website.

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HS Online

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa Online provides resources for healthcare professionals and patients. The link to the healthcare professionals section is here.


Wayne Gulliver, Christos C Zarboulis, Errol Prens, Gregor B E Jemec, Thrasivoulos Tzellos published in the Review in Endocrine and Metabolic Disorders, published by Springer in January 2016. 

Evidence-based approach to the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa/acne inversa, based on the European guidelines for hidradenitis suppurativa

A link to the website is here.

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