Wound Healing in Hidradenitis Suppurativa

  • Asma Asif Amir Ali
  • Michelle A. Lowes
  • Afsaneh Alavi
Part of the Updates in Clinical Dermatology book series (UCD)


Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, debilitating disease that is challenging to treat. It presents with recurrent nodules and tunnels that often drain. The exudate, pain, and odor associated with these lesions can impose a significant psychosocial burden on patients. As a result, optimal wound care is an important adjunct to the medical and/or surgical therapy for these patients. The wound care framework for patients with HS is similar to general wound care. The algorithm employed for HS wound care starts with first classifying wounds as post-surgical or non-surgical. For post-surgical wounds, it is important to determine whether the wound is simple or complex, whereas for non-surgical wounds, determining the amount of exudate and the presence of infection is essential in choosing the ideal dressing. Ultimately, it is of utmost importance to educate the patient on the kind of wound care their disease necessitates and to understand what barriers a patient may face in adhering to optimal wound care.


Hidradenitis suppurativa Wound care Biofilms Hurley stage Foam dressings Gelling fibers Calcium alginate Non-adherent dressings Gel-based dressings Dressings with antiseptics Negative pressure wound therapies Cellular skin substitutes Acellular skin substitutes 



Hidradenitis suppurativa


Incision and drainage


Negative pressure wound therapy


Polyhexamethylene biguanide


Platelet-rich plasma


Conflict of Interest

  • AA has consulted for AbbVie, Janssen, LEO, Galderma, Novartis, and Valeant and is also an investigator for AbbVie, Novartis, Regeneron, Pfizer, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Glenmark, Merck Serono, Roche, Xoma, and Xenon. AA received an unrestricted educational grant from AbbVie.

  • MAL has consulted for AbbVie, Incyte, Janssen, BSN, and Xbiotech.

  • All authors state no conflict related to this manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Asma Asif Amir Ali
    • 1
  • Michelle A. Lowes
    • 2
  • Afsaneh Alavi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of CalgaryCalgaryCanada
  2. 2.The Rockefeller UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Division of Dermatology, Department of MedicineWomen’s College Hospital, University of TorontoTorontoCanada

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