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QUIZ: Is This Acne, HS, or Something Else?

Posted on December 14, 2022
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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.

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

  1. “Hidradenitis suppurativa.” British Association of Dermatologists. Accessed September 2021.
  2. “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.” Mayo Clinic. Accessed September 2021.
  3. Lee, R. (1987, 1989, 1999, 2002, 2012). “Hidradenitis Suppurativa,” National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). Retrieved at Accessed September 2021.
  4. Tidy, Colin. (2016, December 2). Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Accessed September 2021.
  5. “Hidradenitis Suppurativa: Diagnosis and Treatment.” American Academy of Dermatology Association. Accessed September 2021.

Posted on December 14, 2022
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Torrey Kim is a freelance writer with MyHealthTeam. Learn more about her here.
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