Pain Management

Pain resulting from HS can significantly affect quality of life. Be honest with your dermatologist about any pain you are experiencing and the impact it is having on your life.1


•  Wear loose-fitting clothing made from a natural material.

•  Reduce friction by using an electric trimmer to closely trim hair, rather than shaving.

•  Ask your dermatologist whether a warm compress may help to treat any pain.

•  Read more about coping with pain in our “Maintaining a Healthy Mind” section.

•  If you have a painful flare up, talk to your GP who will be able to recommend treatment based on your disease stage and refer you to a specialist.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Record any changes in symptoms between your doctor appointments. This tracker may help you identify factors that make them better or worse.
These articles might interest you


  1. Horvath B, et al. Pain management in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa. J Am Acad Dermatol 2015;73(5 Suppl 1):S47-51.
  2. Alikhan A. Hidradenitis Suppurativa. JAMA Dermatol 2016;152(6):736.
  3. Wang S, et al. Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Frequently Missed Diagnosis, Part 2: Treatment Options. Adv Skin Wound Care 2015;28(8):372-80.
  4. Vekic DA, Cains GD. Hidradenitis supparativa - Management, comorbidities and monitoring. Accessed August 2022.

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