Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a chronic disorder of hair follicles that typically affects areas such as the underarms, groin, and breasts. The disease can range in severity from occasional abscesses to widespread scarring, formation of tunneling sinus tracts, pain, and drainage. There is not a specific known cause for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, and it often is not diagnosed for a long time after it starts because most patients and many physicians are not familiar with it. Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa is often complex and benefits from multiple approaches to treatment depending on the severity of the diseases.

In the Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Follicular Disorders Clinic at UNC, a comprehensive approach is taken including medical management, traditional surgical approaches, electrosurgery, and laser surgery. The clinic manages all stages of the disease and partners with other departments when very extensive surgical interventions are necessary. Other similar conditions of the hair follicle such as acne keloidalis nuchae, dissecting cellulitis of the scalp, and pseudofolliculitis barbae are an additional focus of this clinic.

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