The exact cause of HS is unknown. A combination of genetics, hormonal, and environmental factors may play a role in causing HS.
What is HS?
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by painful lumps and pus formation in the areas with higher friction, such as:
- Under the arms
- In the groin
- Between the buttocks
- Between the thighs
- Under the breasts
- In the folds of the stomach
- On the nape of the neck
- Behind the ears
However, unlike these conditions, HS is incurable, and the lesions will:
- Often refill.
- Not be healed.
- Leave scars.
What are some of the common misconceptions about HS?
Some of the common misconceptions about hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) are:
All the above claims are baseless and do not have any scientific evidence to support them. People with HS tend to live a regular life with some difficulties.
Who gets HS?
Scientists have identified some risk factors that may induce hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), including:
- Family history of HS
- Female gender
- Age between puberty and 40 years
- African American, Hispanics, or biracial
- People with psoriasis
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American Academy of Dermatology. Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Who Gets and Causes. https://www.aad.org/public/diseases/a-z/hidradenitis-suppurativa-causes
Hope for HS. Understanding Hidradenitis Suppurativa. https://hopeforhs.org/what-is-hs/
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