Hidradenitis Suppurativa | Causes & Risk Factors


Who gets hidradenitis suppurativa?

Women are more likely than men to develop hidradenitis suppurativa. People who have a history of acne have a higher risk of developing this condition. Hidradenitis suppurativa may run in families.

What causes hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs when sweat glands and hair follicle openings become blocked. Doctors don’t know why this happens. Poor hygiene does not cause this condition. It is not contagious. You can’t catch it from or pass it to anyone.

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