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Hidradenitis suppurativa service

Diagnosing and managing your chronic skin condition 


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What is hidradenitis suppurativa?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin, commonly around the groin, buttocks, breasts and armpits, although it can affect other areas as well.

The HS Trust believes that between 1% and 4% of the population has HS.

Living with a chronic skin condition like HS is not just about managing physical symptoms and flare-ups. Living with a recurring, painful and sometimes visible condition can have emotional, social and interpersonal effects. It can also affect the way you see yourself, the world and the future.

Our staff at the HS clinic specialise in diagnosing and managing HS. We are able to offer you the best in support and guidance, because we understand how debilitating and life changing this condition can be.

Further reading

We have produced two patient information leaflets:

Useful websites

The HS Trust website is an excellent source of information and advice about HS, and includes an online support group

Living with confidence, by Changing Faces, is a booklet for people who live with a visible difference.

Intimacy, love and relationships (parts 1 and 2) by Changing Faces, is a booklet for people who live with a visible difference that affects their intimate relationships.


Contact details

St John’s Institute of Dermatology
3rd floor, Southwark Wing
Guy’s Hospital
London SE1 9RT

Tel: 020 7188 6279
Email: gst-tr.

SKIN, a history

Read more about inflammatory skin diseases in the 'SKIN, a history' book using our page turning software or download chapter 6 (PDF 3.29Mb).