What is hidradenitis suppurativa?
Hidradenitis suppurativa, also called acne inversa, is a chronic autoinflammatory skin condition that causes lumps to form under the skin. The painful lumps form deep in the skin often in areas where skin touches skin, like armpits, inner thigh, breasts, and groin. During a flare up, the lumps become infected and inflamed, releasing pus and leaving behind scars. The lumps form in a cycle with periods of active flaring and slow healing.
Since hidradenitis suppurativa mimics other common skin conditions, like infected follicles, abscesses, or boils, people can receive an improper diagnosis. Doctors continue to develop treatment plans for people living with hidradenitis suppurativa and learn more about the root causes of the condition to better identify and treat the condition.