Who tends to get hidradenitis suppurativa?
- Three times as many women get HS as men
- HS usually begins after puberty but starts before menopause
- People who have a family member with HS are more likely to develop HS themselves
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic (long-lasting) skin condition. When it starts, you may begin to notice small bumps under your skin, that may seem to be the size of a pea or marble.
These bumps usually start to develop in areas where you have hair.
They can also occur where sweat glands are located.
In other words, places where skin rubs together.
The exact cause of HS is unknown, but the immune system is believed to play a part.
To target the inflammation that contributes to HS, you have to target the inflammation inside your body, not just the outside symptoms. That’s what HUMIRA does. It’s the first and only FDA-approved treatment for moderate to severe HS.
Learn more about how HUMIRA works to treat HS by blocking inflammation that’s happening beneath the skin.
Knowing the right words to use can help when you’re talking with your dermatologist. Here’s a list of words you’ll see when learning about HS.
Abscess—Swollen area on the body that contains fluid
Chronic—Continues for a long time and progresses slowly
Fistula—An opening on the surface of the skin from a tunnel of connecting abscesses
Nodule—A lump on the skin that may look like a pimple or cyst
Living with HS can be frustrating and even embarrassing. It’s good to know the facts and to dispel some common misconceptions.
The important thing to know is, HS is caused by the immune system, not something you caused yourself.
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