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What is hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a severe form of acne that involves chronic skin inflammation. Blackheads and red bumps occur when hair follicles become blocked. The condition originates around sweat and oil glands (called apocrine glands) under the skin. The groin, anal area, and armpits are parts of the body where hidradenitis suppurativa commonly occurs. Symptoms may  be mild or may be severe. It seems to run in families, so it may have a genetic cause.

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