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How is hidradenitis suppurativa diagnosed?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Hidradenitis suppurativa is often diagnosed by a dermatologist - a doctor who focuses on skin diseases. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and examine where your bumps and abscesses are located. He or she may then check your skin and take a sample of any pus or fluid that is leaking. These samples will be sent to a lab to be cultured in order to rule out other possible skin conditions.

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