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Suzanne Moloney talks about her fight back against HS

I don’t clearly remember my first experience of Hidradenitis Suppurativa, but I think I was about 12 or 13 years old It was like a dark cloud that followed me around I would ignore it most of the time and get on with things, but when I got home I would look at myself and worry about what was going on I used to Google skin lumps, abscesses, boils and carbuncles because I didn’t know what it...

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RTE radio presenter on his battle with eczema: ‘I had lesions and scratch marks’

RTE radio presenter Paul Herriott believes he wouldn’t be able to do his job if it weren’t for the help of doctors to bring his eczema under control Herriott now presents a live concert broadcast from the Dublin’s National Concert Hall featuring the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, on RTE’s Lyric FM on Friday nights Before he started this role, he had a "major flare-up" of eczema,...

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‘It took eight years to get a correct diagnosis for HS’

There is no cure but a combination of medical and surgical treatments, as well as pain management and lifestyle changes can greatly ease this invasive skin disease, says Áilín Quinlan, of the Irish Examiner Caroline Hill was only 17 when the first abscess appeared under her arm About the size of a kidney bean, it was extremely tender and very painful She put a traditional bread poultice...

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‘I avoided getting close to people – especially boys’ – Nikki Farrington on living with HS

It's taken Nicola Farrington a decade to come to terms with her skin condition But, she tells the Sunday Independent LIFE magazine's Joy Orpen, she is now urging others who are in the same boat as her to get help, and to try to put their ailment into perspective  Nicola Farrington (26) is happiest when, camera in hand, she roams around Wicklow's incredibly beautiful hills and valleys,...

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‘I used to think of myself as some kind of flaky, red monster but now I don’t let eczema define me’

Elaine McCallig tells Joy Orpen that no one should allow a skin problem like eczema to define who they are Instead, she recommends that they take full control of their health and go out there to fulfill their 'magnificent' potential Having a chronic skin condition can cause all kinds of emotions, ranging from acute embarrassment to a lack of self-esteem But with the right frame of mind and good...

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