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Types of Symptoms

Getting familiar with your hidradenitis supurativa symptoms will help you be prepared for a conversation with your doctor.

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Types and Symptoms

A doctor talks about the different stages of hidradenitis suppurativa and the symptoms associated with them.

Common Symptoms of Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Not everyone with hidradenitis supurativa experiences the same symptoms, which can vary from person to person based on the severity and stage of hidradenitis suppurativa.  However, common symptoms may include:

  • Raised, red, inflamed lesions
  • Dry and patchy
  • Itching, burning, or soreness of the skin
  • Pus-filled and seepage 
  • Foul odor

Where Is Your Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

The most common areas for hidradenitis suppurativa to appear include the armpits, buttocks, groin and under the breast. However, hidradenitis suppurativa can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, scalp, rectum and vagina. Be sure to let your doctor know about your symptoms you are having.

Cycles and Flare-ups

Most people with hidradenitis suppurativa go through cycles where their symptoms seem almost to disappear or in remission for a period, then flare-up again. Although it may not be possible to control them completely, certain behaviors may worsen existing symptoms or cause flare-ups, including smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and hot weather.

Making lifestyle changes, like eating healthy or not smoking, can be challenging. But they could positively impact your life with hidradenitis suppurativa.