Reviewed by Hansa Bhargava on October 28, 2020
Roopal Bhatt, MD, dermatologist<br>U.S. Dermatology Partners, Austin, TX
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It's important to treat hidradenitis suppurativa early, but some symptoms mimic other diseases. Here’s what to look out for.
There will be difficult days, but there will be good days,
too. Make the most of those good days.
Don’t scratch the itch, even when it's all you can think
I make sure to wear clothes that are soft, but cover my
inner thighs to reduce irritation.
Don't forget or lose your true self. You are more than the
pain, pus, blood, and boils. You are better than HS.
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.
Remember that you're beautiful in spite of this disease. No
matter how tough it gets, you are loved and valued.
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!
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.
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
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
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
When the pain gets too hard to handle, embrace it. Because
it's all mental. Flare-ups are temporary.
Help others with hidradenitis suppurativa find inspiration and guidance.
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