Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a rare skin condition that occurs primarily in the armpits and groin or any area of the body where skin rubs together -- including between thighs or under the breasts. Tiny bumps are the first stage, which then becomes infected and breaks open, releasing pus and leaving scars. This is a very unpleasant skin condition that greatly affects the quality of life and confidence of those who suffer with it. Our doctor has a very through understanding of the condition and offers Hidradenitis Suppurativa treatment patients are looking for.
SYMPTOMS OF HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA
Hidradenitis Suppurativa symptoms include:
- Blackheads or pimple-like abscesses
- Painful lump in the groin or inner thigh that grows larger over time
- Double-barreled blackheads
- Pus-filled abscesses
- Fistulas, or leaking sores, that do not heal and create tunnels beneath the skin
DIAGNOSING HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA
Determining if you have Hidradenitis Suppurativa will require a professional diagnosis. The symptoms typically start out mild and then worsen with time. An accurate diagnosis will require a biopsy to identify the condition, followed by a custom treatment plan. Hidradenitis Suppurativa often starts during puberty but can begin at any point in life.
Many people who suffer from Hidradenitis Suppurativa have family members that also live with this very uncomfortable and unpleasant condition. If you have been diagnosed with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, we urge you to connect with our doctor, highly-skilled, board-certified plastic surgeon in Pasadena, CA.
WHAT CAUSES HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA?
While the cause of Hidradenitis Suppurativa is not fully understood, it is generally believed that it is caused by a malfunction of the immune system along with defective hair follicles. The follicles become blocked, leading to the bumps, and then infection.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa does not develop due to poor hygiene or infection. It is a non-contagious skin disease that can affect any person, in any walk of life, of any ethic background. Hidradenitis Suppurativa is more common in patients who are overweight or who have suffered from acne breakouts. As the condition is unsightly, painful, and extremely unpleasant, finding an effective treatment is an urgent matter, and our doctor can help. From minor surgical treatments to more advanced surgical procedures involving excising a larger skin area which is then treated with skin grafts.
TREATMENT FOR HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA
Hidradenitis Suppurativa is often made more severe through irritation, and it may be helpful to wear loose-fitting clothing and eliminate irritants such as scented products or creams. Scented deodorants or any product containing fragrances can inflame the skin and cause the Hidradenitis Suppurativa to worsen.
MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA
If you believe you may be struggling with this unpleasant and unsightly condition, it is time to seek medical help. Treating Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a customized procedure, as each patient is different.
Early intervention is important in treating the condition, as if left to advance, it can leave the skin with scars and deep crevasses that do not heal, marring your appearance.
NON-SURGICAL TREATMENTS FOR HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA
While there is no blanket cure for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a customized treatment plan can greatly improve the condition and prevent it from worsening. The first treatment may be a topical ointment. Antibiotic creams, lotions, and body washes can be effective in treating Hidradenitis Suppurativa.
Oral medications may be prescribed for the treatment of some cases. These include antibiotics, immunosuppressive pills, or other options. Steroid injections may be effective in treating the condition and limiting outbreaks.
Many patients are suffering and require the help of a skilled plastic surgeon to treat the condition effectively. Our Doctor is an acclaimed, board-certified plastic surgeon who can treat Hidradenitis Suppurativa with surgery or laser treatments.
SURGICAL AND LASER TREATMENTS FOR HIDRADENITIS SUPPURATIVA
Surgery or laser treatment may be the advised treatment to resolve Hidradenitis Suppurativa. The type of surgical procedure employed will be based upon the stage and extent of the condition. “Unroofing” is a surgical procedure in which the tunnels beneath the skin are accessed to drain, separate, or remove masses that have formed under the skin.
Laser treatments performed under local anesthesia may be a very effective treatment option. In more extreme cases, surgical intervention is often required to finally achieve relief for the patient. Liquid nitrogen treatments can be effective, or a chemical peel. New Life Solutions offers a full range of treatments for Hidradenitis Suppurativa and can evaluate the condition of your skin to determine what procedure or treatment will be necessary in your case. Every person is different, so all treatments are customized to match the needs of the patient.