Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin condition that causes painful pus-filled cysts and boils on your skin. It occurs generally around areas like your underarms and groin where there are more sweat glands. “Although we do not know what causes it, the dysfunctional hair follicles are surrounded by significant inflammation, leading to bumps that ultimately can turn into sinus tracts and scar tissue,” says New York City-based board-certified dermatologist Robert Finney. The condition tends to happen where skin rubs against skin, but can be further exacerbated by friction from where skin rubs against fabric.
Although hidradenitis suppurativa has no known cure, there are lifestyle changes you can make to help with relief in tandem with medical treatment. Avoiding tight clothes or non-breathable fabrics is one way to reduce both friction and sweat, which are conducive to microbial growth. Here, we’re rounding up a handful of dermatologist-recommended clothing options to help alleviate the symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa.
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