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Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that causes recurrent and painful nodules, boils, abscesses and lesions of the skin. This cookbook was created by HidraWear founder Suzanne Moloney having battled with HS since her early teens.



Facts about HS


HS can affect anyone at any time. But women are proven to be three times more likely to be affected than men.


There is no known cause of HS but it is thought to be linked with abnormalities in the skin’s immune system. Some studies have shown it to be hereditary and 1/3 of patients have a family history of the condition.


HS causes recurrent and painful nodules, boils, abscesses and lesions of the skin. These can burst and leak exudate which can sometimes have an unpleasant smell. The lesions can also form tunnels under the skin and cause painful scarring of the affected area.


HS most commonly occurs during puberty or early adulthood, but onset can occur in childhood and later in life.


It can affect any part of your body, but it is mostly found in areas where your skin rubs against itself such as the armpit, under the breast, groin, thighs and buttock.


If you have noticed a boil reoccurring in the same area more than once in the last 6 months, we recommend getting it checked by your doctor as it could possibly be HS.

Does your weight affect Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Studies do show that the condition is more common in people who are overweight and that losing weight can helo relieve some of the problems. However, this is not the case for everyone. 

The 3 stages of HS

(using the Hurley System)

hs stage 1

Stage 1

Single or multiple abscesses without
tunnelling or scarring.

hs stage 2

Stage 2

Recurrent abscesses with tunnel
formation separated by normal skin.

hs stage 3

Stage 3

Numerous abscesses across a large area
with no normal skin separation.

Our mission to tackle wound dressing challenges with HidraWear

Unrestricted movement
The HidraWear dressings are body conforming to allow for easy movement.

No leaks
The special anti-strike through layer on HidraWear dressings ensures exudate is captured within the dressing, minimizing dressing leaks.

Easy application
HidraWear dressings are super easy to apply and remove so you can stay fresh all day long.

Ultimate comfort
HidraWear was created to perform in everyday life. You can trust it to stay in place and not leak giving you both comfort and peace of mind.

HS & Support

Accepting Support
Living with a chronic illness such as Hidradenitis Suppurativa can be extremely hard. Expecially if you don’t have a lot of support or the right type of support. And asking for it can also be really difficult.

Clinical worker and AASECT certified sex therapist, Erin Martinez, talks us through why having support is crucial. She gives some helpful tips that you can take to start acepting support from those around you and begin to open up about the possibliity of a relationship.

Giving Support
Supporting a loved one who is living with HS can often be diffcult too. You may feel helpless watching your loved one struggle daily or may not know how you can best offer support. HS Warrior, Shatece Haynes, has put together some tips on how you can offer support to a loved one.