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If you believe you may be living with hidradenitis suppurativa, speaking with your dermatologist (who specializes in skin health) to get more information is an important first step in managing your condition. Though you may have a regular medical provider, because HS is not a widely known disease, it is recommended that you consult a dermatologist with any questions you have, as they may be more familiar with HS than your general practitioner.

To make a discussion with your dermatologist as informative and effective as possible, answer as many of the following questions as you can, then create a custom report to share with your doctor. Your responses will not be recorded or saved by this website and are for your records only.


How should I speak to my dermatologist about HS?

Developed with Prof. Dr. Gregor Jemec, an expert in the area of hidradenitis suppurativa and member of the HS Online Steering Committee, this interactive discussion guide has been designed to help navigate a conversation with your dermatologist to determine if you may be showing signs related to HS.

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1 Using the silhouette, please select any areas that you have experienced any noticeable tender bumps or boils.
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REMEMBER: this is only a guide for you to make an active conversation with your dermatologist. You should feel comfortable asking your dermatologist any questions you may have and providing as much information as possible to help ensure an accurate diagnosis.

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2 In these areas, have you experienced bumps or boils during the last six months?
3 Have you experienced three or more episodes during this time period, are boils or bumps recurrent?
4 Have your symptoms been constant or have they gone away and returned?
5 If your symptoms have been recurrent, how long do the periods between flares typically last?
6 If your bumps or boils heal, is there scarring?

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Using the silhouettes, please select any areas where you have noticed any scarring.

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REMEMBER: this is only a guide for you to make an active conversation with your dermatologist. You should feel comfortable asking your dermatologist any questions you may have and providing as much information as possible to help ensure an accurate diagnosis.

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7 How old are you?
8 Are you male or female?
10 Over time, have the symptoms changed?
11 Do you know anyone in your family that has lived with HS?
12 Have you spoken with a dermatologist or other medical professional about HS?

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