She Thought It’s Simple Rash, But the Reason Was THIS Painful Skin Disease
One skin disease that may be more common than realized produces large boils. They can be very painful, emit pus, and to make matters worse, they commonly appear in the armpits or groin areas. The boils are often recurring. The disease is called Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).
The Causes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a disease known to be connected to the hair follicles. For some reason, which so far is unknown, the follicle becomes blocked. Inflammation occurs, and then lumps may develop.
The actual cause of HS is not known. It is known that infection is not the cause, nor is poor hygiene. It is not an STD, and it is not contagious. People that have HS often have relatives who have problems with boils or HS.
The Symptoms of HS
The lumps, which may get as large as golf balls, tend to develop in areas where your skin rubs together, including your armpits, groin, buttocks, near the breasts, and on inner thighs. It will look like pimples at first, but then may progress to become more like boils.
As the area repeatedly becomes infected, tunnels will develop that connect under the skin. Applying pressure at one point may cause pus to erupt from an unrelated point elsewhere.
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The pus usually produces a strong odor, and the fluid can stain your clothes. The boils are painful when touched. Women will often find that the symptoms are worse during their periods.
Some people with HS are often depressed. They may also tend to separate themselves from other people – including their partners.
Women are at a greater risk than men. About three times as many women get HS as compared to men. The symptoms typically start between the ages of 20 and 29.
In some people, the symptoms start around puberty. Although not certain, it is believed that hormones play a part in its development. Women tend to have an increase in the symptoms before their periods, but they often are reduced when pregnant or breast-feeding.
Other risk factors include:
• Being overweight
• Smoking (about 70%)
• Metabolic syndrome