Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic debilitating systemic skin disease, resulting in painful inflammation and follicles in the armpit, groin, and genitalia regions. It affects 4% of the population, and the disease onset occurs in the second decade of a patient’s life with 2:3 of the patients being women. The patient is diagnosed by a physical examination and can be treated with topical, oral or intravenous antibiotic treatments. The treatments provide temporary relief, and some patients undergo surgical treatment to reduce the pain. Recently adalimumab (TNF-a inhibitor) has been approved for moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa, while no biological treatments are available for patients with mild disease.
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