Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinic Overview

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinic

The dermatologists of the Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinic work with you to develop an individualized care plan based on your needs.

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Dr. Afsaneh Alavi, Associate Professor of Dermatology: Hidradenitis suppurativa, or HS, is an inflammatory disease presenting with acne-like lesions. Lesions are either deep nodules or tunnels in certain area of the body like under arm, groin, genital area, under breast. It is very frequently misdiagnosed or under-diagnosed.

Dr. Christian L. Baum, Professor of Dermatology, MOHS Surgeon: We take HS very seriously. We approach it comprehensively and to the degree possible, we manage and come up with a plan for every aspect of their condition.

Dr. Afsaneh Alavi: At Mayo Clinic, the needs of the patient come first.

Dr. Laura E. Raffals, Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterology: That shared mission, that shared purpose that we have here at Mayo Clinic is what really drives us to form these teams such as the HS multi-disciplinary team to take care of our patients' needs, not just the needs of providing the right diagnosis and the right treatment, but holistically ensuring that we're meeting all the needs of our patients.

Dr. Christian Baum: Many of our patients who come to our clinic for a HS have a number of additional appointments set up for them because of the complexity of the disease. Obviously, we have at least two appointments in dermatology.

Dr. Laura Raffals: GI colleagues who often are involved and certainly our experts in radiology, pathology, and this entire team is incredible in terms of making the diagnosis. But then we also lean on our surgery colleagues who often help us with the management of HS.

Dr. Christian Baum: We make sure that they have the support that they need from a mental health and well-being perspective from our colleagues in psychiatry as well.

Dr. Afsaneh Alavi: It's very important to provide multidisciplinary care. It takes a village to treat HS.

Dr. Laura Raffals: I think it can be challenging for patients with a condition such as HS where they know that they're always that risk for having an eruption of this condition in the future, a flare up of their disease, so that uncertainty can really weigh on someone. But I do want to offer hope to our patients who have HS because we do have excellent treatments at our hands that we can use to treat patients. And not only that, but we continue to run clinical trials allowing us to find new treatments that we can also lean on to treat our patients.

Dr. Afsaneh Alavi: We are here to help patients with hidradenitis suppurativa by offering an interdisciplinary care and attacking this disease from multiple aspects with multiple modalities, combination of surgical and medical therapy. And looking at this disease as a systemic disease by referring this patient to the disciplines that they need. It makes the result of the treatment much better.

The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Clinic offers multispecialty care for people with hidradenitis suppurativa. You'll be evaluated by a dermatologist with special interest in this complex condition that can affect people in widely variable ways.

Care tailored to you

You'll find a care team that treats you with compassion and develops with you a treatment plan that meets your specific needs and considers possible side effects of each treatment option.

You might also have appointments arranged in a timely way that specifically address other factors affecting your condition, such as smoking and weight management. If you have extensive skin involvement, you might consult with a dermatologic surgeon or a plastic surgeon with expertise in the surgical management of this condition.

The ongoing, persistent nature of this condition can be a physical and emotional burden. If you wish, talk with your doctor about a referral to a mental health professional, a dietitian a support group.


Our clinician-researchers and scientists conduct studies to improve the diagnosis, treatment and outcomes for people with hidradenitis suppurativa. Ask your doctor whether you might be eligible for a clinical trial.


See a list of publications about hidradenitis suppurativa by Mayo Clinic doctors on PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine

Research profiles

Sept. 22, 2023