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What are blocked hair follicles?

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If you have blocked hair follicles in areas where you also have many oil and sweat glands, you may first notice them as pimple-like bumps on your skin in places where you normally don’t have breakouts. Over time they can become painful or maybe get infected and turn into scars. The condition is also called hidradenitis suppurativa or acne inversa. It happens when the shafts where hair grows out of your skin, called follicles, get blocked. There’s no cure for the condition, but treatments can make flares happen less often.

From: What Are Blocked Hair Follicles? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Organization of Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Organization of Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 09, 2018

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