Coping and support

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Hidradenitis suppurativa can be painful, unsightly and, if the lesions are draining, foul smelling. The ongoing, persistent nature of the disease and the treatment challenges only add to the burden. You might feel embarrassed or anxious about your symptoms and become withdrawn or self-conscious. You may be frustrated or upset by other people's reactions.

Family and friends can help you tremendously as you go through this difficult time. Sometimes, though, that simply may not be enough. A professional counselor may be able to suggest various coping strategies to help you feel better about your situation. You may also find the concern and understanding of other people with hidradenitis suppurativa especially comforting. Online support groups can connect you with other people living with the condition.

Apr. 09, 2013

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