Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatment
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a skin condition that causes small, painful lumps under the skin, mostly occurring where the skin rubs together and causes friction, like the armpits, under the breasts and the groin. It can grow worse over time and persist for many years, causing serious medical and emotional complications. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta offers hidradenitis suppurativa treatment at our clinic in Alpharetta.
Hidradenitis suppurativa can appear in one place or develop in multiple locations. Common symptoms of this condition include:
- Blackheads – pitted skin that forms blackheads, often in pairs.
- Painful lumps – a single, painful lump is often the first sign of hidradenitis suppurativa, and more bumps form later on, usually near hair follicles, and clustered sweat glands.
- Tunnels – tracts underneath the skin that connect the bumps will form over time. These are actual wounds that only heal slowly and can leak odorous pus.
This condition is not contagious and is much more common in women than in men. Its exact cause is uncertain but possibly is related to blocked hair follicles or sweat glands; it can also be connected to hormonal changes. It is not a consequence of being unclean or having any type of infection.
Advanced Treatment Options for Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Several complications of the condition are possible, including infection, scarring or other effects on skin after healing, restricted movement, problems with lymph drainage, a foul odor, and emotional problems, embarrassment, and even depression. Many people suffering from this condition are reluctant to appear in public due to the appearance and odor that accompany the symptoms.
Research continues into treatments for hidradenitis suppurativa. The medical team at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta will often recommend a combination of treatments to find the best way to alleviate this condition. Some oral and topical antibiotics along with injectable medications are typically prescribed. Other possible treatment recommendations can include:
- Laser therapy
- Incisions and drainage
- Punch debridement
To find out more please visit the HS Foundation at https://www.hs-foundation.org/
The medical team at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides expert diagnosis and treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa and other serious skin disorders at our state-of-the-art medical clinic in Alpharetta. Call or message us online today to schedule an exam and consultation for treatment.