What is hidradenitis suppurativa?
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin, commonly around the groin, buttocks, breasts and armpits, although it can affect other areas as well.
The HS Trust believes that between 1% and 4% of the population has HS.
Living with a chronic skin condition like HS is not just about managing physical symptoms and flare-ups. Living with a recurring, painful and sometimes visible condition can have emotional, social and interpersonal effects. It can also affect the way you see yourself, the world and the future.
Our staff at the HS clinic specialise in diagnosing and managing HS. We are able to offer you the best in support and guidance, because we understand how debilitating and life changing this condition can be.
We have produced two patient information leaflets:
The HS Trust website is an excellent source of information and advice about HS, and includes an online support group
Living with confidence, by Changing Faces, is a booklet for people who live with a visible difference.
Intimacy, love and relationships (parts 1 and 2) by Changing Faces, is a booklet for people who live with a visible difference that affects their intimate relationships.