Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease that causes recurrent and painful nodules, boils, abscesses and lesions of the skin.

Watch the video to learn more about HS including:

  • The common areas affected
  • The 3 stages of HS
  • How to manage your symptoms.


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.

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.

Tackling 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.

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