Not all cases of HS are progressive (increase in severity over time). However, sometimes HS lesions come back in the same place or nearby many times, becoming more severe as they recur. That’s why diagnosing and properly managing HS as early as possible is so important.
If someone is showing symptoms of HS, the best first step to take is to see a dermatologist. This medical specialist is expert at detecting subtle differences between skin diseases that look alike. A dermatologist’s exam increases the likelihood that a first diagnosis will be accurate.
If you or a loved one has or suspects HS, it’s crucial to find a doctor you are comfortable with and with whom you can have an open, honest dialogue. HS is not a widely known disease, and it is a painful, chronic condition that is sometimes not easy to talk about – a dermatologist will be both knowledgeable and understanding.