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It's important to diagnose hidradenitis suppurativa as soon as possible, as early diagnosis and treatment can help lessen some of the emotional and physical pain caused by the condition.
To diagnose hidradenitis suppurativa, doctors typically look for:
Unfortunately, hidradenitis suppurativa is often misdiagnosed as boils (furuncles), which also feature painful lumps under the skin. Some people with hidradenitis suppurativa wait years before their condition is correctly diagnosed.
There is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa, but once diagnosed, several treatment options exist. Your doctor will likely identify treatment goals, such as:
He or she will then recommend a treatment or combination of treatments based on factors such as the severity of your condition and your lifestyle. Treatments might include:
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