Staying active with hidradenitis suppurativa

Staying active with hidradenitis suppurativa can help you manage this chronic condition.

A lack of exercise can lead to weight gain. This can cause discomfort by increasing friction in between skin folds, where the lumps that characterize hidradenitis suppurativa often grow. Physical activity might ease both depression and anxiety commonly caused by the condition, too.

But moving, as well as sweating and chaffing caused by physical activity, can sometimes be painful and irritate skin lesions. To stay active and avoid aggravating your skin, consider these tips.

Choose your workout clothing carefully

Exercising in certain clothes can contribute to skin irritation. To avoid this:

  • Wear loose, ventilated clothing. This will help reduce sweating and friction.
  • Opt for gear made out of cotton, a breathable fabric.
  • Take frequent breaks. Even with the right workout gear, skin irritation due to chaffing still can occur if you exercise for long periods of time.
April 01, 2016 See more In-depth