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Painful Nodules &
Abscesses in the Sweat Glands

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition characterized by recurrent, painful abscesses, nodules, and tunnels in areas with apocrine sweat glands, such as the armpits, groin, and buttocks. It often begins as inflamed hair follicles and progresses to form deep, painful lesions that can rupture and lead to scarring. HS can significantly impact a person’s quality of life. Early diagnosis and proper treatment are crucial in managing this condition.

Common Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa:

  • Painful, recurrent abscesses or boils in areas with sweat glands (armpits, groin, buttocks)
  • Swollen, red, and tender bumps or nodules under the skin
  • Formation of interconnected tunnels (sinus tracts) beneath the skin
  • Leakage of pus or foul-smelling fluid from the affected areas
  • Scarring and the development of thickened, rope-like scars (keloids)
  • Pain or discomfort when moving or during physical activity
  • Inflammation and swelling of the affected skin
  • Itching or burning sensation in the affected areas
  • Recurrent flare-ups and periods of remission

Potential Causes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa:

  • Hormonal factors: Fluctuations in hormone levels may contribute to the development of HS.
  • Genetic predisposition: Certain genetic factors may increase the risk of developing HS.
  • Obstruction of hair follicles: Blockage or clogging of hair follicles may trigger inflammation.
  • Immune system dysfunction: Abnormal immune responses can lead to chronic inflammation and the formation of abscesses.
  • Bacterial colonization: Overgrowth of bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus aureus, can worsen the condition.
  • Smoking: Tobacco smoking has been linked to a higher incidence and severity of HS.
  • Obesity: Excess weight and obesity can increase the risk and severity of HS.
  • Environmental factors: Exposure to certain environmental factors or irritants may play a role in triggering HS.

It’s important to note that the exact cause of Hidradenitis Suppurativa is not fully understood, and multiple factors may contribute to its development. Consulting with a healthcare professional can help determine the underlying factors specific to your case.

Treatment Options for Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Treatment for Hidradenitis Suppurativa may involve a combination of approaches tailored to individual needs. These can include surgical interventions, such as robotic or laparoscopic procedures, medications, and other medical modalities. Consulting with a specialist like Dr. Moore at Comprehensive Surgery Specialists can help determine the most suitable treatment plan for your condition, ensuring comprehensive and personalized care.

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Comprehensive Surgery Specialists, led by Dr. Jacqueline Moore, a board-certified surgeon and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, welcomes you to schedule a consultation. Conveniently located in Stone Ridge, our team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Take the first step toward effective treatment options by contacting us today to schedule your consultation.

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