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What are the symptoms of blocked hair follicles?

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At first, blocked hair follicles usually look like breakouts of pimples or boils. If they get worse, you may have:

  • Deep breakouts that hurt
  • Bumps that burst, and maybe leak fluid that smells bad
  • Scars after your breakouts heal. They may get thicker over time.
  • Skin that looks spongy because of deep lines called tracts

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 Stephanie S. Gardner on October 19, 2019

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 Stephanie S. Gardner on October 19, 2019

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