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Hidradenitis suppurative: what disease is this?

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Dr. Laurence Badgley
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In brief: Sweatgland infection

Hidradenitis is smoldering infection of sweat glands of axilla (armpits).
A likely cause is excessive sweating and or abrasion of region; perhaps by wearing equipment with under-the-shoulder bands. In women the problem sometimes accompanies shaving axillary hairs; especially when undertaken with a previously used razor. Bacteria are ever present interlopers; awaiting irritated surfaces to invade.

In brief: Sweatgland infection

Hidradenitis is smoldering infection of sweat glands of axilla (armpits).
A likely cause is excessive sweating and or abrasion of region; perhaps by wearing equipment with under-the-shoulder bands. In women the problem sometimes accompanies shaving axillary hairs; especially when undertaken with a previously used razor. Bacteria are ever present interlopers; awaiting irritated surfaces to invade.
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