Introduction and Basic Information
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is variously known as acne inversa or Verneuil disease. It is a chronic and inflammatory skin disease that scientists have not been able to find permanent cure for as of the time of writing and publishing this text. The chronic skin condition can be painful and debilitating to sufferers. What causes hidradenitis suppurativa are not quite known as of now. However, there are some risk factors that can aggravate or exacerbate HS to flare up. I will also discuss these risk factors later in this volume.
What is Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Acne inversa or HS is a deep-seated skin disorder which usually occurs as a result of the plugging or blocking of the hair follicles or apocrine glands. When hair follicles are plugged, it inflames the apocrine sweat glands and the result is the formation of single or clusters of lesions and abscesses in the apocrine bearing regions of the body of a sufferer. The areas of the body where HS are noticeable include axillae, groin, buttocks, armpits, under the breasts, perineum, perianal, perineal, perigenital, nape of the neck and scalp, etc. These are parts of the body where there are hair follicles and apocrine glands.
When the abscesses rupture and drain, sinus tracts may form in the affected sites. And most of the time it causes scarring and may hamper the easy movement of the affected part of the body. HS disease comes like bumps, ingrown hairs, pimples, cysts, blackheads, folliculitis, cellulitis, boils, lesions, abscesses, just name it, and with severe pains depending on the sufferer or patient and the stage of the disease.
Early diagnosis of this skin condition is very important so that it doesn’t get worse before you start managing or curing it. HS can be diagnosed by physical examination and characteristic history of a patient and it is mainly by clinical diagnosis. Although acne inversa is more severe in men, it is three times more common in women than men. Also, it is common with people in the second and third decades of life. But you have to be sure that your HS disease is not misdiagnosed as is always to case with lots of patients.
The truth is that HS limits the kinds of activities you can do as a sufferer. For HS sufferers, it is really a physical, emotional and social burden to live with the debilitating, disabling and humiliating chronic skin condition.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa Causes
Medical research has not been able to clearly state what causes hidradenitis suppurativa. However, there is skeletal information to conclude that it is heritable and it has autosomal dominant relationship. You can learn more of these facts from the following website, WikipediaHidradenitis Suppurativa