Great Lakes Clinical Trials to Initiate a Study for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS)

In October, Great Lakes Clinical Trials will begin enrolling participants for a clinical trial in Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS), a dermatological condition found in 1-4% of all Americans.

The following information on HS is provided via the Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.org):

 Hidradenitis suppurativa usually appears as one or more red, tender bumps that fill with pus. It most commonly occurs in the armpits (shown), groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts

Hidradenitis suppurativa usually appears as one or more red, tender bumps that fill with pus. It most commonly occurs in the armpits (shown), groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts

What is HS?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a long-term skin condition that features small, painful lumps under the skin. They typically develop where the skin rubs together, such as the armpits, the groin, between the buttocks and under the breasts. The lumps may break open and smell or cause tunnels under the skin.

HS tends to start after puberty. It can persist for many years and worsen over time, with serious effects on your daily life and emotional well-being. Early diagnosis and treatment can help manage the symptoms, keep new lumps from forming and prevent complications, such as scarring or depression.

Symptoms

HS commonly occurs around hair follicles with many oil and sweat glands, such as in the armpits, groin and anal area. It may also occur where skin rubs together, such as the inner thighs, under the breasts and between the buttocks. Hidradenitis suppurativa can affect one spot or multiple areas of the body.

Signs and symptoms of hidradenitis suppurativa include:

  • Blackheads. Small pitted areas of skin containing blackheads — often appearing in pairs or a "double-barreled" pattern — are a common feature.

  • Red, tender bumps. These bumps often enlarge, break open and drain pus. The drainage may have an odor. Itching and burning may accompany the bumps. They usually appear in areas where skin rubs against skin.

  • Painful, pea-sized lumps. These hard lumps, which develop under the skin, may persist for years, enlarge and become inflamed.

  • Tunnels. Over time, tracts connecting the lumps may form under the skin. These wounds heal very slowly, if at all, and can leak pus.

Hidradenitis suppurativa usually starts between puberty and age 40 with a single, painful bump that persists for weeks or months. For some people, the disease progressively worsens and affects multiple areas of their body. Other people experience only mild symptoms. Excess weight, stress, hormonal changes, heat or humidity can worsen symptoms. In women, the disease severity may lessen after menopause.

Causes

Hidradenitis suppurativa develops when hair follicles become blocked and inflamed. No one knows exactly why this blockage occurs. Factors that may play a role include hormones, metabolic syndrome, genetics, an irregular immune system response, smoking and excess weight.

Hidradenitis suppurativa is not caused by an infection and can't be transmitted sexually. It's not contagious and is not due to poor hygiene.


Research

If you are interested in learning more about the HS Research Programs at Great Lakes Clinical Trials, you can provide your contact information by clicking the button below, and our team will reach out to you when the study is open for enrollment.