Hidradenitis Suppurativa Survey Reveals Dermatologists' Ability to Improve Patients' Confidence in Condition Management

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Survey Reveals Dermatologists' Ability to Improve Patients' Confidence in Condition Management

HS, popularly known as acne inversa, is a non-contagious condition that causes deep and painful lumps under the skin, mostly in the armpits or groin.

FREMONT, CA: A new survey from Health Union indicates that people living with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) who see a dermatologist are more active in trying to look for treatments that work and feel more comfortable with their treatment management. The inaugural Hidradenitis Suppurativa In America survey shines a light on the perspectives and experiences of people living with HS.

These findings also support and boost content and engagement for the recent launch of HSDisease.com, Health Union's 30th condition-specific online health community.

HS, popularly known as acne inversa, is a non-contagious condition that causes deep and painful lumps under the skin, mostly in the armpits or groin. These lumps are sometimes mistaken for pimples or acne and can rupture, discharging a smelly liquid. As per the American Academy of Dermatology, dermatologists are experts in identifying and treating the condition because they are trained in differentiating between HS and other skin issues.

Presently, only 44 percent of Hidradenitis Suppurativa In America survey respondents do a check-up from dermatologists for their HS. Of this group, 43 percent have both a dermatologist and a primary care physician (PCP) as part of their care team. Of respondents who do not presently see a dermatologist, half are not seeing any healthcare professionals (HCP) for their HS, while 43 percent are seeing a PCP; other HCPs include rheumatologists as well as holistic medicine specialists.

"That is what can happen when patients have access to the treatment, resources and expertise they need," Espy stated. "I can't imagine what my life would look like if I hadn't received treatment. Finding dermatologists and clinics specializing in HS is pivotal to proper treatment because they know the specifics and intricacies of the disease."