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What causes an infection if you have hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

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In HS, the opening to hair follicles in areas with a lot of oils and sweat glands gets clogged. Oily material and sweat build up inside, forming a pimple or boil. If bacteria are trapped behind the clog, they can grow and cause an infection. If the inflamed lump bursts under your skin, the infection will spread to nearby sweat glands and hair follicles. Without treatment, the infection can spread to the skin itself or to your blood. That’s extremely rare, but very serious.

From: Problems HS Can Cause WebMD Medical Reference

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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 Debra Jaliman on October 15, 2018

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 Debra Jaliman on October 15, 2018

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