Social Work Month

Social Work and HS “As practitioners, social workers are trained to help people address personal and systemic barriers to optimal living.” National Association of Social Work | March is social work month!  I use my background in social work a lot when advocating for chronic illness awareness. It may not be obvious, but socialContinue reading “Social Work Month”

Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa a rare disease?

A rare disease is defined in the United States as a condition that affects fewer than 200,000 people. In the European Union, a disease is defined as rare when it affects fewer than 1 in 2,000 people.  It is estimated that HS affects 1-4% of the population. 1% of the population in the United StatesContinue reading “Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa a rare disease?”

Mental Health and HS

Hidradenitis Suppurativa is a skin condition that affects more than just the skin. It affects our mental health too! Mental health is a key part of Hidradenitis Suppurativa treatment. Our mental health affects our physical health and our physical health affects our mental health.  HS is a serious disease that affects quality of life. AnyoneContinue reading “Mental Health and HS”

What IS Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is a skin condition. HS is a chronic disease. HS is caused by the immune system. HS causes systemic inflammation. HS is both visible and invisible. HS is painful. HS is all of these things! HS is a skin condition but it is more than just the skin. HS causes cysts orContinue reading “What IS Hidradenitis Suppurativa?”