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6 Common Hidradenitis Suppurativa Triggers

How to Reduce the Risk of Having a Flare-Up

Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa, is a condition that affects your sweat glands, causing painful bumps and sores to form in high-friction areas of the body, like the armpit, the groin, and—for women—the area underneath the breasts. During a flare-up, the bumps can develop into boils, which can rupture and leak a smelly pus on your clothes. If that sounds like something you want to avoid experiencing when possible, you might be willing to try some strategies to help reduce those flare-ups. 

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