For adults with moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, or long-lasting, inflammatory skin condition. When you have HS, your immune system is believed to be overactive and produces too much of certain inflammatory molecules, like IL-17A. Too much IL-17A is thought to contribute to excess inflammation in your body, leading to HS symptoms like bumps and abscesses that can hurt.
HS signs and symptoms can include painful bumps or abscesses, mostly in areas where skin rubs against skin, like the armpits, the groin area, inner thighs, buttocks, and under the breasts. HS abscesses can drain and may lead to tunnels that can leave scars.
Where HS symptoms commonly appear:
How HS may progress
Over time, hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) may progress or get worse if left untreated, and may lead to scarring; that's why it's important to understand more about HS.
HS can be classified into 3 stages† based on the severity of the symptoms:
Mild is when there is 1 bump or multiple inflammatory bumps and abscesses, with no scarring or tunnel (sinus tract) formation.
Moderate is when there are multiple abscesses, along with limited tunnels and/or scarring.
Severe is when there are multiple or extensive interconnected tunnels, abscesses, and scarring.
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†In classifying the severity of your condition, your dermatologist may call these Hurley stages.
‡COSENTYX® (secukinumab) is approved to treat moderate to severe HS.
HS can feel like it takes over
Living with HS can be a long and frustrating journey. Often, dealing with HS symptoms can make everyday activities a challenge.
One in 100 people may be affected by HS. Up to 40% may have a family member with the condition.
HS is not contagious or due to poor hygiene.
HS usually begins when people are in their 20s, but it can start as early as puberty or as late as their 50s.
HS is mostly seen in women and disproportionately affects people of color. Hormonal changes may contribute to HS symptoms, and can lead to HS flares, making the symptoms worse.
Other factors that may contribute to HS symptoms getting worse include one's weight or smoking.
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