Hidradenitis suppurativa is also known by several names such as; apocrine acne, acne inversa, verneuil’s disease, acne conglobata, velpeau’s disease or apocrinitis.
From information garnered on http://naturalhidradenitissuppurativacure.com/, Hidradenitis suppurativa is considered a long term skin condition that is chronic. Its cause is not really known. It is an inflammatory skin disease that is characterized by recurrent lumps that are boil-like in appearance. With time these boils often become bigger and eventually turn into pus collection known as abscesses. The abscesses leak pus and are difficult to heal. This problem has been known to affect only areas of the skin that contain apocrine sweat gland. Apocrine sweat glands are found in the skin in some body areas such as underarms (axillae), around nipples under the breasts and also around the groin as well as the genital region. These glands release their secretions first to the hair follicles instead of directly to the skin. These fluids are thick and milky which can easily turn into smelly oduor from the body by bacteria.
Hidradenitis suppurativa mostly affects the armpits and the groin but at times it can also affect areas such as; under the breasts, the scrotum, the vulva, the buttocks and the perineum which is the area of the skin between the anus and the vulva for a woman and the scrotum for the man. Women have the tendency to develop Hidradenitis suppurativa more commonly in the armpits, under the breasts as well as around the groin. Men on the other hand develop the disease that affects the perineal and perianal which is the area around the anus. Wounds that result from boils and abscesses heal very poorly leaving scars. In severe cases, the scars of pus tunnels down under the skin surface. The channels formed are referred to as sinus tracts which can link multiple areas of hidradenitis under the skin surface. This means that the inflammation and infection travels deep into the skin and becomes more widespread. Flares from Hidradenitis suppurativa may be triggered by heat and humidity, perspiration, friction from clothing and hormonal changes such as those experienced during menstrual cycle.
The end result of the healed areas is full of thick scar tissue which can be as unsightly as the wounds which are discharging. Hidradenitis suppurativa in most cases goes undiagnosed for years due to delays in seeking treatment and is frequently misdiagnosed. Currently there is no specific cure or effective treatment for the disease.