Hidradenitis suppurativa is a rare skin disorder when red or dark lesions appears on the skin. Commonly, it affects the groin, genitals and armpits. It usually occurs on the areas of the body where there is the most sweat or where the skin is in contact. In some cases hidradenitis suppurativa affects the hair line, inner tights, and the area under the breasts and behind the ears. The cause of hidradenitis suppurativa is an inflamed hair follicle or oil gland in the skin.
The lesions on the skin often appear in clusters. They can grow very slowly for a long time and eventually they can rupture. The pus which can have a foul odor can leak out of the lesions. The lesions may vary in size. They can be tiny but in severe cases they can be an inch in diameter. This skin condition can also be painful, burning or itching. These symptoms may get worse if a person sweats a lot, smokes or is overweight and under a lot of stress. Sometimes exposure to sun of any source of heat may also make the symptoms worse. Hormone changes can cause hidradenitis suppurativa and affect the symptoms.
In order to make a diagnosis your doctor will perform a physical examination of the skin and take a sample of the pus from the lesion. Additional blood test may be performed. It is important for you to see your doctor if you notice any skin changes because early diagnostics and proper treatment can help you to deal with the lesions and stop the disorder from progressing. The cure for hidradenitis suppurativa does not exist but you may get the treatment according to the severity of the symptoms.