If the patient is beyond his puberty stage, and has obesity and lives an unhealthy lifestyle, he becomes more prone to Hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms. While it is advised to live a healthy lifestyle to improve one's condition, it is also important to note that Hidradenitis suppurativa is caused by a blockage in the apocrine glands. It is not caused by bad hygiene or directly by bad habits such as smoking, rather, it is a condition where the skin secretions, oil, and other substances are pushed deeper into the skin, thus affecting the skin tissues. The infection happens once the bacteria joins the trapped sweat underneath the skin surface. This develops Hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms.
What are the most common Hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms?
Hidradenitis suppurativa starts with one boil-like lump that is obviously inflamed. This lump can cause skin itching and burning sensation, which then gives pain and discomfort to the patient. For some cases, the lump can disappear gradually in a span of 10-30 days, but in more cases, this lump persists and turns into a suppurative abscess. Thus, the abscess now contains a pus. This is very painful and the pus can leak anytime. It even produces a bad odor that can affect one's confidence.
If the case is not that severe, the lump will disappear and there will be significant scarring in the skin-they are usually deep and the skin will be obviously damaged. However, in severe cases, the abscesses can multiply and can spread across other parts of the body that have apocrine glands such as underarm, breasts, groin, thighs, and the genital area. Another worse case is the formation of sinus tracts that cause the skin to get harder and lumpy.
Stages of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
The severity of the patient's case is categorized into stages. Hidradenitis suppurativa symptoms are used to determine the stage of the case, and the proper medical or surgical treatment that the patient needs.
• Stage 1. There is only one or a few areas affected by the lumps, they are not developed beside one another, but is spread across different areas. Sinus tract formation is not yet present, and skin has no deep scars yet.
• Stage 2. This is the stage where there are already recurrent abscesses which can either be just one or multiple, in different areas of the body. The affected areas are spread, and there are already visible sinus tracts.
• Stage 3. Multiple and interconnected sinus tracts are already very visible and are spread across different parts of the body.