How to recognise hidradenitis suppurativa
Part one of this two-part series describes how to recognise hidradenitis suppurativa, a painful condition often mistaken for boils.
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic cutaneous inflammatory disease occurring primarily in the axilla, groin, perineal and inframammary regions.
Clinically, it is characterised by painful nodules and comedones, which evolve into deep-seated and often discharging abscesses.
Eruption of these lesions results in a massive local inflammatory response, with possible sinus tract formation and