What is Hidradenitis?
Hidradenitis, sometimes called hidradenitis suppurativa, is a skin condition that is often painful and embarrassing for those who suffer from it. Hidradenitis causes potentially painful lumps and “tunnels” to form under the surface of the skin. It most often occurs near the armpits and groin.
After pain, the top complaint of people living with hidradenitis is usually its effects on physical appearance. Even though hidradenitis occurs underneath the skin, it can still impact the surface of your skin.
The red lumps are almost always visible. And when tunnels form between lumps, you can end up with a significant amount of scar tissue. Even when lumps heal, you can still be left with deep pock-like marks on your skin.
Additionally, hidradenitis can negatively affect lymph drainage, causing you to swell in affected areas.