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Abscess Armpit Overview

Another name for Abscess Armpit is Hidradenitis Suppurativa.

What is hidradenitis suppurativa?
A person with hidradenitis suppurativa has an infection of the sweat glands in the armpit or groin. Hidradenitis suppurativa occurs when the sweat gland becomes plugged with skin cells or dirt. Bacteria and sweat build up inside the gland, which results in infection. With treatment, most cases of hidradenitis suppurativa resolve in 10-20 days.

What are the symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa?
Symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa include painful, swollen sweat glands under the arm or in the groin. Additional symptoms include skin redness, skin tenderness, and pus draining from the glands.

How does the doctor treat hidradenitis suppurativa?
Treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa may include skin cleansing, antibiotics, oral contraceptives for women, isotretinoin, and oral corticosteroids. Severe cases of hydradenitis suppurativa may require surgery.

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Last Updated: Dec 15, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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