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How often will you have flare-ups of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

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HS can be unpredictable. You may have a flare-up every few weeks, or you may go months with clear skin. Some women find they have breakouts before their periods. They may go away while you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.

There’s no sure way to prevent breakouts. But they may not come back as often or be as bad if you follow your treatment plan, take any medication your doctor prescribes, and make some changes to your lifestyle.

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Medscape: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Health Service: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

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

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology : "Diet in the prevention of hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa).”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 09, 2018

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Medscape: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Health Service: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

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

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology : "Diet in the prevention of hidradenitis suppurativa (acne inversa).”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 09, 2018

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