Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symptoms

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symptoms

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin condition affecting the sweat glands. It primarily occurs in parts of the body where skin rubs together, such as the armpits, thighs, under the breasts or between the buttocks. It is characterized by pea-sized cysts that are usually painful. These may break open and drain putrid-smelling pus. Not only does this condition cause pain and discomfort, but also it may cause introversion and social anxiety due to its appearance.

Hidradenitis suppurativa usually starts after puberty, at which point it persists and worsens over time. If you suspect you may be suffering from this condition, it is best to get an early diagnosis, as this will help manage symptoms and prevent new cysts from developing.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Symptoms

Hidradenitis suppurativa generally occurs on parts of the body where both friction and hair follicles are present. While it will sometimes only affect one portion of the body, it can also affect multiple portions, causing greater discomfort and pain.

Specific symptoms of Hidradenitis include:

  • Blackheads
  • Red, sensitive bumps, often containing foul-smelling pus
  • Painful pea-sized lumps
  • Leaking lumps or lesions.

Hidradenitis suppurativa begins with a single lump that may persist for some time. Oftentimes this will worsen and spread, affecting multiple areas of the body. Some only experience mild symptoms, while others experience a severe discomfort that requires surgery to correct.

Mild symptoms can frequently be treated by one’s self with skin care measures. If the condition worsens, you may need to consult a doctor.

Symptoms that may require a doctor’s care include:

  • Severe pain
  • No improvement over a period of weeks
  • Symptoms returning within weeks of treatment
  • Symptoms in multiple locations
  • Frequently recurring symptoms

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Causes

While the exact causes of hidradenitis are unknown, we do know it generally occurs due to blockage of sweat glands, particularly where hair follicles and skin friction are present. Studies suggest it may be genetic, but the data is not concrete at this time. In any case, once symptoms begin to show, they must be addressed immediately in order to minimize discomfort and embarrassment.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatment Options

Unfortunately since the exact cause is unknown, there is no cure for hidradenitis, but the symptoms can be well managed by attending physicians who have a fluent knowledge of the condition. Depending upon the degree of symptoms, treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa varies from basic skin care to comprehensive surgical procedures.

At the Hidradenitis Center in Los Angeles, we specialize in treating more severe forms of hidradenitis suppurativa through surgical procedures. Our hidradenitis specialists have seen every form that hidradenitis suppurativa can assume and are well versed in effective surgical techniques to eliminate unwanted symptoms. During your consultation, you will have the opportunity to discuss treatment choices with your doctor, fully understanding all options before moving forward with surgery.