Hidradenitis Suppurativa | Overview

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What is hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (say: “hi-dra-dun-i-tis sup-you-ra-ti-va”) is a chronic (long-lasting) disease that affects the apocrine glands. The apocrine glands are a type of sweat gland. Hidradenitis suppurativa is considered a severe form of acne. People who have hidradenitis suppurativa develop painful red bumps or sores in the armpits, groin and anal area. Women can also develop hidradenitis suppurativa under the breasts.

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Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 07/06

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