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7 Myths About Hidradenitis Suppurativa

What exactly is hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also know as acne inversa, is a chronic condition that causes boil-like bumps in the skin. The bumps often become large fluid-filled cysts than can lead to sinus tracts (tube-like channels under the skin) and scarring. Most people don’t know much about HS, and many doctors don’t always recognize it right away. Fortunately, awareness of HS is increasing, along with new treatment options.

THIS CONTENT DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. This content is provided for informational purposes and reflects the opinions of the author. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare professional regarding your health. If you think you may have a medical emergency, contact your doctor immediately or call 911.

Laura Marusinec, MD

Laura Marusinec, MD, is a pediatrician with expertise in urgent care and dermatology. She has been in practice for over 17 years. She is also a freelance medical writer and editor.
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Publish Date: Dec 21, 2015

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