6 Signs You May Have Hidradenitis Suppurativa

lumps or nodules in armpit that may indicate hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis Suppurativa. No one talks about it. You might be suffering from it right now and don’t know it. For many people, it takes years to receive a correct diagnosis. You probably think you’re prone to chronic pimples . Your doctor probably thinks so too, and treats you for acne or cysts but that’s not what you’re suffering from.

Signs and Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

If you have noticed pea to marble-sized lumps under areas where your skin rubs together (think armpits, groin, and buttocks) that are painful, that tend to enlarge and drain pus -you are probably suffering from a condition known as Hidradenitis Suppurativa, also known as acne inversa. In this article, we’ll delve into the six key signs that could indicate you have HS, empowering you to recognize the symptoms and seek timely medical intervention.

Painful Lumps or Bumps Under the Armpits

One of the hallmark signs of HS is the presence of painful lumps or bumps in areas where skin rubs together, such as the armpits. These lesions can vary in size and may resemble boils or cysts. According to recent studies, up to 90% of HS patients experience symptoms in the armpits.

Recurring Abscesses and Pus-filled Lesions

HS is characterized by its chronic nature (persists for a long time or is constantly recurring and is difficult to eradicate) and localized skin changes. Patients develop inflamed nodules (sinus tunnels or sinus tracts) that are little abscesses in their skin folds particularly in the armpit region, the groin, or the gluteal and perianal areas of the body. These extremely painful little nodules secrete putrid smelling pus. Research indicates that approximately 75% of HS patients report experiencing recurrent abscesses.

Tender or Swollen Skin

Individuals with HS often experience tenderness and swelling in the affected areas, particularly during flare-ups. The skin may feel warm to the touch and appear red or inflamed. Studies suggest that over 80% of HS patients report experiencing tenderness or swelling in the affected regions.

Presence of Scars or Thickened Skin

As HS progresses, it can lead to the formation of scars or thickened skin in the affected areas. These scars may be discolored and can impact both physical appearance and self-esteem. Research indicates that over 60% of HS patients develop scars as a result of the condition.

Foul-smelling Drainage

In advanced cases of HS, the abscesses may rupture, resulting in the drainage of foul-smelling fluid. This drainage can be distressing and may contribute to social embarrassment. Studies suggest that approximately 70% of HS patients experience foul-smelling drainage from their lesions.

Limited Range of Motion

The presence of painful lumps or abscesses can restrict movement and lead to a limited range of motion in the affected areas. This limitation can impact daily activities and quality of life. Research indicates that over 50% of HS patients report experiencing limitations in their range of motion.

How to effectively treat Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa has a profound negative impact on a patient’s private life. Recognizing the signs of Hidradenitis Suppurativa is crucial for early diagnosis and intervention. According to the Mayo Clinic, early medical intervention is the key to effective treatment.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa can be difficult to diagnose and requires specialized surgical care. At the Hidradenitis Institute, Dr. Ellenhorn has developed a unique surgical technique to eradicate a specific area of a Hidradenitis Suppurativa flare up. Contact us at 310-94330 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ellenhorn or one of our other hidradenitis experts.

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