Hidradenitis suppurativa is a blockage of the sweat glands, usually
in the armpits, and rarely, on the buttocks or groin or under the breasts.
Heat, sweat, or incomplete gland development may block sweat glands, forcing
sweat and bacteria into the tissue around it, which then becomes
This condition is seen most often in:
Hidradenitis suppurativa usually occurs as multiple lumps
This condition is treated with medicine to reduce inflammation and
fight infection. But this condition is hard to treat, and if the
infection is severe or recurs, surgery may be needed to remove the lumps and
cure the infection.
December 27, 2012
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
& H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
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