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Does hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) cause scars?

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As HS heals, it usually leaves scars. Over time, areas where you’ve had repeated flare-ups can have thick bands of scar tissue. That may change how well you walk or raise your arms.

Early treatment can keep the disease from getting worse so you end up with fewer scars. Severe, raised scars may be treated with steroid injections or removed by a surgeon.

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Health Service: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Medscape: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology:  “Hidradenitis suppurativa.”

Acta Dermato-Venereologica:  “Psychosocial Impact of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Qualitative Study.”

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals: “Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

Dermatology Online Journal:  “Diseases associated with hidradenitis suppurativa: part 2 of a series on hidradenitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 19, 2019

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Health Service: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Medscape: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology:  “Hidradenitis suppurativa.”

Acta Dermato-Venereologica:  “Psychosocial Impact of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Qualitative Study.”

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals: “Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

Dermatology Online Journal:  “Diseases associated with hidradenitis suppurativa: part 2 of a series on hidradenitis.”

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on October 19, 2019

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