Is hidradenitis suppurativa serious?

Although hidradenitis suppurativa is often painful and upsetting, minor cases are not life-threatening.

In severe cases, when the thighs or armpits are involved, the condition can make moving very painful. There is also a risk of developing a serious condition called cellulitis, which is a bacterial infection that starts on the skin and could travel into the blood and lymph nodes.

Rarely, hidradenitis suppurativa may lead to squamous cell carcinoma, which is a kind of skin cancer.

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