Do You Have Hidradenitis Suppurativa?
Painful bumps under the skin are a hallmark symptom of hidradenitis suppurativa. Usually, this skin condition starts at puberty, but it can last well into adulthood. The perfect place for an outbreak to start is in the hair follicles in places on your body where the skin rubs together. Those hair follicles become blocked and that can lead to hidradenitis suppurativa.
Other risk factors for this disease include hormones, metabolic syndrome, genetics, irregular immune system, smoking, and heavyweight.
You could have one or many places on your body affected. They are painful lesions that can become bigger lumps and even tunnels under the skin. Early diagnosis is important to manage the symptoms.
What are the symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa?
• Pitted areas of skin, near hair follicles and where skin rubs together, containing blackheads.
• Red bumps in those same areas. These bumps, which can hurt or itch, can sometimes open up and drain.
• Hard lumps under the skin.
• Sometimes the bumps and lumps form tunnels to each other under the skin.
Longterm complications of hidradenitis suppurativa can include infection, scars, limited movement due to scar tissue and pain, slow down in lymph drainage, and even cancer. This disease can also have an emotional effect on your quality of life.
Once diagnosed, your dermatologist, Dr. Aboutalebi, can guide you to the best medications to manage your disease. There is not a cure, but it can be managed. You may be prescribed antibiotics and/or retinoids; steroid medications; hormones; drugs to suppress the immune system, and pain medications.
Sometimes surgical procedures help as well, and Dr. Aboutalebi can guide you in the best method to help your case.
Dr. Aboutalebi is Fort Worth’s recognized top doctors and has received the Patient’s Choice Award for several years. You can rest assured that your skin is in the right hands. Call today to schedule your skin exam at Northstar Dermatology.