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    The number of people affected by HS is:

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    The number of people affected by HS is:

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    About 1% of the population has HS. It usually shows up during puberty. You’re unlikely to get it for the first time after age 40.

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    HS is contagious.

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    HS is contagious.

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    You can’t catch HS from someone else who has it. Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes the condition. They think it can happen when your immune system overreacts. Hormones may also play a part.

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    Your symptoms may get worse if you:

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    Your symptoms may get worse if you:

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    Poor hygiene doesn’t cause HS. But HS is more likely to flare up if your skin is overheated and covered with form-fitting fabric. Skip shaving and harsh scrubbing in affected areas to keep your skin happier, too.

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    Treatments for HS:

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    Although there are medications, laser therapies, and surgeries that manage HS symptoms, there’s no cure. There is one FDA-approved immunosuppressive drug, adalimumab (Humira), that doctors prescribe to treat it.

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    HS is an STD

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    HS is an STD

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    Symptoms of HS tend to show up near your genital areas, but you don’t get it from sex or sexual contact.

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    Most often, it shows up in areas of your body where:

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    Most often, it shows up in areas of your body where:

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    You’re most likely to see the lumps of HS in your body’s folds and creases. It’s common in the armpits, groin, butt, and breasts. 

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    Your chances of getting HS are higher if you are:

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    Your chances of getting HS are higher if you are:

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    Women are three times more likely to get HS. Studies also show smoking and obesity make you more likely to get it. 

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    HS starts out with:

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    When you get HS for the first time, it might look like a zit breakout. Your bumps can also be more cyst-like, swollen, or look like boils. The difference between these bumps and regular pimples is the where they are. HS bumps happen in places acne usually doesn’t.

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Penny W., 57
Atlanta
There will be difficult days, but there will be good days, too. Make the most of those good days.
Paige W., 27
Littleton, CO
Don’t scratch the itch, even when it's all you can think about!
Ashley M., 26
Cape Coral, FL
I make sure to wear clothes that are soft, but cover my inner thighs to reduce irritation.
Christina H., 42
Columbia, MO
Don't forget or lose your true self. You are more than the pain, pus, blood, and boils. You are better than HS.
Donya W., 25
Houston
You always think, why me? But you can’t sit there and let your downfall be your uphill. I have to fight back and be like, no, HS can’t have me. I have HS. And that’s how it’s going to be.
Paige W., 29
Littleton, CO
Remember that you're beautiful in spite of this disease. No matter how tough it gets, you are loved and valued.
Paige W., 29
Littleton, CO
The main thing about handling this disease is to find your triggers. HS affects everyone differently, so figuring out what causes your flares is key. Baths are great for pain relief!
Parish A., 28
Buffalo, NY
Don’t let a few abscesses stop you from living. Just think about the times you didn’t have any. All you need is time to heal.
Natasha C., 38
Detroit
I’ve learned that the scars I’ve gotten from HS are permanent reminders that I’m a survivor. HS doesn’t define me as a burden to others, but as a strong individual.
Cecile P., 33
Aurora, CO
HS is very painful and draining. Sometimes I'm self-conscious about my scarred-up body. I remind myself that I have HS, it doesn't have me. I am beautiful.
Pedro R., 43
Bakersfield, CA
HS disrupted my life from how I envisioned it would be. It hasn’t conquered my spirit though. And I’ve found new strength that I never knew existed inside of me.
Parish A., 28
Buffalo, NY
When the pain gets too hard to handle, embrace it. Because it's all mental. Flare-ups are temporary.

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