Hidradenitis Suppurativa

About the Study

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a chronic skin disease that affects 1% to 4% of the general population. HS usually begins as pimple-like bumps on the skin. The pimple-like bumps tend to develop in places that everyday pimples do not appear. HS is most common in the underarms and groin.

Some people say that their HS looks like one of these skin conditions:

  • Pimples
  • Deep-acne like cysts and blackheads
  • Folliculitis (looks like swollen pimple with a hair in the center)
  • Boils

The skin lesions develop as a result of inflammation and infection of sweat glands and first present as pea- to marble-sized lumps under the skin that can be painful and tend to enlarge and drain pus. They usually occur where skin rubs together, such as in the armpits, groin, and buttocks.

If HS worsens, the pimple-like bumps can grow deep into the skin and become painful. They can rupture, leaking bloodstained pus onto clothing. This fluid often has a foul odor. As the deep bumps heal, scars can form. Some people develop tunnel-like tracts under their skin. As the skin continues to heal and scar, the scars thicken. When thick scars form in the underarm, moving the arm can be difficult. Thick scars in the groin area can make walking difficult. 

People with HS experience considerable impact on activities of daily living, work/school attendance and productivity, physical activities, and emotional state.

Right now, dermatologists at Oregon Medical Research Center are accepting adult participants for a new clinical research study. The study is for an investigational medication for moderate-to-severe HS.

Main Enrollment Qualifications

More information coming soon!

To learn more about the study, give us a call at 503-245-1525, Monday through Thursday, during normal business hours, or Sign Up Today and we will give you a call to provide additional information.