Nobody likes to talk about boils, especially those found in your armpits, groin, buttocks, beneath your breasts and in other folds of skin, and especially when those boils turn into abscesses. The locations of this disfiguring skin condition might be why patients suffering from hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) often don't seek medical help in the early stages.

The physical impacts of HS—severe pain, leaking pus and thick scarring to name a few—are significant enough, but the psychological impact shouldn't be dismissed. Patients with HS suffer from severe stigma and are prone to develop depression and anxiety due to their low self-image.

Hidradenitis suppurativa, explained

"HS is a condition that affects about 1 percent of the population, where the hair follicles and sweat glands become blocked, resulting in inflammation that causes them to become abscessed," explained Thuva Amuthan, M.B.B.S, a London-based general practitioner specializing in dermatology at his practice, Dr. Derme. "The sebum doesn't get released and it becomes a lump."

These lumps appear in the armpits most