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Vitamin D supplementation may improve rare skin condition

Researchers recently found supplementation with vitamin D decreases the severity of Verneuil’s disease. Hidradenitis suppurativa, or Verneuil’s disease, is a non-contagious chronic skin disease in which clusters of painful nodules, abscesses and cysts form mainly in areas containing sweat glands, such as the underarms and inner thighs. It is relatively rare, affecting around 1-4% of…

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How dermatologists can help lessen the burden of hidradenitis suppurativa

Below is an amazing article from the American Academy of Dermatology, written by the founder of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Institute: The disturbing cry I often hear from new patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also called acne inversa, is: “I’m so discouraged. I’ve seen multiple doctors and I’ve tried many treatments without success. Sometimes I just want…

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Common Hidradenitis Suppurativa Questions and Answers

Is it contagious? No, Hidradenitis Suppurativa cannot be passed to anyone else in any way Is it a rare disease? No. A rare disease is has a prevelance of approximately 1 in 2000. It is estimated that around 1% of the population suffers from HS, though it may be more due to many cases being…

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Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition. It is characterized by abscesses, blackheads, inflammation, lesions and scarring. HS forms painful clusters around the arm pits, the anal area, and the groin. It occurs in places where sweat glands are present, or other skin-to-skin contact areas such as under the breast or even the folds…

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Can We Love Our Bruises, Stretch Marks And Scars?

    The map of my body is not airbrushed. The landscape shows evidence of growth and occasional clumsiness. The careful gaze from a scrupulous eye would notice my bruises, stretch marks and scars. Some of these findings seem to come and go. Others are landmarks which have been there since puberty or before. The…

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Psychosocial Impact of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Qualitative Study

  Hidradenitis suppurativa influences patients’ lives in many ways. It is therefore necessary to focus on the effects of the disease on daily life in order better to define patient-related outcomes in hidradenitis suppurativa studies. Interviews were conducted with 12 patients with hidradenitis suppurativa. Initial single interviews were followed by semi-structured and structured qualitative focus…

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Surgical Approach to Extensive Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  ABSTRACT Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic suppurative disease of skin with high recurrence. OBJECTIVE To determine factors affecting complications and recurrence of HS in patients who underwent surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS We operated on 15 patients with HS at 36 sites between 1999 and 2009. The affected areas were classified as groin, axilla,…

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Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Number of Diagnosed Patients, Demographic Characteristics, and Treatment Patterns in the United States

  Abstract Recent regional and insurance database studies indicate that diagnoses of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) are rare, with fewer than 200,000 affected patients in the United States. These findings are at odds with the generally accepted prevalence of approximately 1%. To estimate the number of patients diagnosed with HS, including patients enrolled in public health…

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TNF Blocker Promising for Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatment

  The first randomized, controlled study to assess the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) with a biologic drug shows that infliximab can safely improve disease severity, pain and quality of life. “We’re beginning to understand that HS is a closet disease. Many people have it, but it’s under-recognized, undertreated and difficult to manage,” says Francisco…

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Algorithm Provides Quicker Diagnosis of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a challenging disease to treat; however, a better understanding of the disease and continued research has led to more clear-cut therapeutic options, according to an expert who spoke at the North American Clinical Dermatologic Society meeting. Characterized by the development of recurrent chronic painful nodules and abscesses, HS lesions can…

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