(Acne Conglobata; Acne Inversa [AI]; Apocrine Acne; Apocrinitis; Fox-Den Disease; HS; Hydradenitis Suppurativa; Pyodermia Significa Fistulans; Velpeau's Disease; Verneuil's Disease)
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- Burning, itching, or painful lumps in the armpits, groin, under the breasts, around the nipples or anus, or and other involved area
- Pus leaking from openings in the lumps
- Excessive sweating
Home Care and Lifestyle Changes
- Use warm compresses to relieve discomfort and promote abscess drainage
- Avoid shaving if skin becomes irritated
- Wear loose-fitting, nonsynthetic clothing
- Use antibacterial soap
- Try to avoid heat and humidity
- Laser surgery—uses lasers to remove lesions
- Cryosurgery—uses cold to freeze lesions
American Academy of Dermatology http://www.aad.org
Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation http://www.hs-foundation.org
Canadian Dermatology Association http://www.dermatology.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 05/2014 -
- Update Date: 00/52/2014 -
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