Hidradenitis suppurativa

  • Inflammation of the sweat gland resulting from blockage
  • Most commonly affects the underarms, pubic area, buttocks, breasts and anal areas
  • Symptoms may include hard and painful sores which often drain pus, whiteheads, nodules and scarring
  • Cause unknown but may be related to tobacco use, obesity and conditions such as acne vulgaris, irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s or Graves’ disease
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but more common after puberty
  • Can be mild to severe and may recur
  • Life threatening in individuals with a weakened immune system

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear comfortable, loose fitting clothes
  • Wash area with antibacterial soap

 

FOR PAIN

  • Apply hot or cold packs to the area
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Distraction
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Acetaminophen
    • Ibuprofen

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