The skin condition hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is characterized by painful lumps underneath the skin that often form fistulas and become infected. These lumps can form anywhere on the body where friction or rubbing takes place, such as the armpits, inner thighs, groin, underneath the breasts, and between the buttocks. These unsightly lumps often cause discomfort for those who suffer from the condition, and the inflammation resulting from HS is known to be long-lasting. To combat the adverse effects of hidradenitis suppurativa, our skilled team at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC provides personalized dermatological care to all patients. With a range of treatment options available for HS, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston can improve the condition of your skin and your quality of life. Contact our Dallas, Texas office to schedule a consultation.
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Symptoms of HS
A tell-tale symptom of hidradenitis suppurativa is the presence of painful lumps underneath the skin that often become infected and form fistulas. The lumps of HS can be mistaken for a cyst or a boil. This can occur anywhere along the body where skin rubs against skin (such as the armpits, inner thighs, etc.). Often, HS lumps break open and leak a foul-smelling pus. Patients who experience the effects of HS should seek out professional help as soon as possible. A skilled, board-certified dermatologist, like Dr. Kingston, can help ease your symptoms and manage future flare-ups.
What causes HS?
Although the actual cause for hidradenitis suppurativa is unknown, it's been shown that the condition is associated with an abnormal level of inflammation in the body. Men and women as young as in their teens or twenties can develop HS, and the symptoms often progress as they age. Hidradenitis suppurativa is more common among women than men, as well as with those who are overweight and smoke. A potential hereditary link could be behind the condition, as one-third of people with HS report having at least one family member with the condition.
Treatment for HS
Currently, there is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa. However, early diagnosis and treatment can be the key to managing your symptoms and living a fulfilling life. At Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC, we offer our patients a variety of treatments for HS, depending on the severity of their condition and where the lumps exist. For milder cases of HS, treatment includes topical medications, steroids, zinc supplements, antibiotics, and bleach baths. For moderate to severe cases, a course of accutane may improve HS or Dr. Kingston may recommend Humira which is an injectable biologic that reduces inflammation. During your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Kingston, she will assess your skin and determine which course of action is the best to treat your affliction.
Get help today
The effects of hidradenitis suppurativa can cause immense discomfort and dissatisfaction with one's appearance. Don't let these unsightly bumps get in the way of your quality of life any longer. Schedule a consultation at our Dallas, Texas office with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Kingston. At Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC, she and her team can help you control and manage your HS.