Video: HS Wound Care Management


The 3-9 June marks HS Awareness Week, and to support this, the Irish Skin Foundation (ISF) have launched a new information video resource for people affected by Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) . The video resource, presented by Kelly Impey, Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner, provides information on the causes of HS; common sites on the body affected; and wound management for HS.

What is HS?

HS, also known as acne inversa, is a chronic or long-term inflammatory skin disease of the hair follicle.  It’s characteristics include recurrent, painful nodules, ‘boil-like’ lumps or abscesses that can occur in the armpits, groin, perianal area, buttocks or under the breasts.

HS usually occurs where skin touches skin. The condition involves the abnormal blockage of hair follicles in areas where certain sweat glands (apocrine glands) are located, leading to recurrent
inflammation, nodules and abscesses.

The symptoms of HS and the location of lesions can vary from person to person.

If you need guidance or support about managing a skin condition, contact the ISF Ask-a-Nurse Helpline for free assistance and information.