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Hidradenitis Suppurativa

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Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin condition that results in recurrent abscesses or inflammatory lesions, open sores and sometimes scarring. The condition is marked by the presence of red, inflamed abscesses which are usually extremely tender. These lesions can enlarge, break open and drain purulent discharges. Hidradenitis suppurativa is considered a severe form of acne and occurs deep in the skin around the oil (sebaceous) glands and hair follicles. It can affect the groin and the armpits, which are the main locations of the sweat glands. The condition usually starts after puberty and can persist for years. 

Symptoms of Hidradenitis suppurativa

  • Red, tender bumps
  • Abscesses
  • Painful, pea-sized lumps
  • Leaking bumps or sores

Causes of Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when the oil (sebaceous) and hair follicle openings become clogged with fluid, dead skin cells and other matter generated by surrounding sweat glands. When these substances get trapped and pushed into surrounding tissue, bacteria can trigger infection and inflammation. Factors such as hormones, genetics, cigarette smoking and excess weight may worsen the condition. 

Treatmentsfor Hidradenitis suppurativa

  • Laser Hair removal
  • Antibiotics
  • Oral retinoid medications
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Corticosteroids or immunosuppressant drugs
  • Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha inhibitors

If you feel your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact Florida Center for Pediatric Dermatology at 407.303.1687 or through our online contact form.