At first, pustules and boils that form underneath your skin might seem more like an allergic reaction than a chronic skin condition. “I have had many patients that thought they had a hygiene problem or something was wrong with what they were doing, like using the wrong skin-care product. [They] didn't seek help from a dermatologist and remained undiagnosed for years,” says Rabach. HS isn’t contagious.
HS can spread underneath someone’s skin, which creates problems over time. “The natural course is for the inflamed bumps to release fluid or pus and then after healing, end in scar tissue,” says Morgan Rabach, a dermatologist in New York City.
They may also want to take a sample of fluid from the area to rule out other conditions, like infected abscesses. “The location of the bumps is an important clue,” says Rabach, “because [HS bumps] form in areas with hair follicles with many oil and sweat glands. ” HS lesions have a certain “tell” that gives doctors insight into what they are looking at.
Even if you don’t have an active outbreak, a doctor may be able to determine whether your scars are the result of ongoing HS symptoms. “The first line of treatment is typically antibiotic cream,” says Sterling.
Engaging in an open dialogue with your health practitioner will help you get diagnosed more quickly and accurately. “The best thing to do is to see a dermatologist who is used to diagnosing this condition and to talk a lot about the symptoms,” says Rabach.
These skin blemishes, which tend to start cropping up during puberty, are symptoms of acne vulgaris, the most common skin condition in the United States.
You could have this fairly common skin condition. https://t.co/UDzsKmcct9— Allure (@Allure_magazine) February 26, 2020