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QUIZ: Can You Recognize Hidradenitis Suppurativa vs. Acne?

Updated on March 31, 2023
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Torrey Kim

Early signs of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) may be hard to detect. Symptoms can be as mild as double-barreled blackheads or persistent lumps in areas where skin folds. Mild HS symptoms can be mistaken for acne, boils, or folliculitis.1 Many people have HS for years before they are diagnosed, but diagnosing and treating HS as early as possible is important to prevent the disease from becoming more severe.

Take the quiz below to see if you may be experiencing any HS symptoms. If you answer yes to any of the questions, ask your dermatologist whether your symptoms may be caused by HS.

Answer all four questions below by clicking the orange arrow button after each question. You’ll have the option to receive your results via email. Please make sure you click all the way through to the “Done” button.

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  2. Mayo Clinic staff. Hidradenitis suppurativa. Mayo Clinic. Accessed December 14, 2022.
  3. Ludmann P. Hidradenitis suppurativa: diagnosis and treatment. American Academy of Dermatology Association. Updated May 3, 2022. Accessed December 14, 2022.
  4. Tidy C. Hidradenitis suppurativa. Patient. Updated July 21, 2021. Accessed December 14, 2022.
  5. Hidradenitis suppurativa. Cedars-Sinai. Accessed December 14, 2022.
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    Torrey Kim is a freelance writer with MyHealthTeam. Learn more about her here.
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