We will be honest with you. Hidradenitis suppurativa can make life miserable. It is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects at least 1% of the population, and its symptoms vary from irritants to life alters. "This is a painful, painful condition with patients [in later stages] who suffer large and inflamed boils and abscesses in areas such as the armpits, groin, buttocks and breasts," says Rashmi Unwala, MD, dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. "The drainage of these abscesses can also smell pretty bad, which, of course, can be devastating to self-esteem."
And what do you need when things are really difficult? A lot of love.