Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a non-contagious disease first discovered in 1839 by the French Dr.Velpeau. The HS disease manifests as clusters of chronic abscesses that range in the size from a pea to a tennis ball. It usually starts as a single abscess and once it opens can lead to the forming of tracts and other localized abscesses. Cysts are extremely painful to the touch, and persist throughout life advancing through the 3 stages of the disease.
Abscesses that eventually drain, usually do not heal without medical assistance. Hidradenitis Suppurativa is an orphans disease, which means such a small percentage of the population are affected, that research is instead carried out on diseases deemed more important. Doctors speculate it is a genetic disease, that affects the apocrine glands in the groin and underarm areas. In extreme cases it also affects other areas of the body.
The simple act of draining an abscess is not enough but does provide instant relief. Special care is needed to heal the infected area if a recurrence is to be avoided. Flare-ups can be triggered by humidity and heat, friction from clothing, hormonal changes, perspiration and diet.
Progression of the HS disease is different from person to person with some immediately starting at stage 3 while others stay at stage 1 for years without a diagnosis or needing any treatment. In many cases Hidradenitis Suppurativa is often misdiagnosed and the incorrect treatment provided that are ineffective and sometimes harmful.
Basic treatment consists of antibiotics, which become ineffective over time. Surgery is also an option, but leads to recovery times of up to 8 weeks in severe cases where the patient is left with an open wound that needs to be treated daily.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa also leads to depression in most cases as it leaves them immobile and unable to work, and lead normal lifestyles. Due to the lack of funding and research there isn’t a medical Hidradenitis Suppurativa cure, many have, however, taken it upon themselves to find treatments and cures by applying simple lifestyle changes. For more info on this click here.