Hidradenitis Suppurativa

The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Program at Montefiore provides comprehensive healthcare for patients living with what many consider a hidden and poorly understood disease. While it is difficult to pinpoint the cause, this condition is thought to be a primary disease of the hair follicles and specialized sweat glands. Hidradenitis suppurativa affects more women than men, and about one-third of patients have an affected relative. It is thought that a genetic mutation may also contribute to severe disease in some families.

Proving Help for Hidradenitis Suppurativa at All Stages of the Disease

Our comprehensive program brings together a network of physicians and other specialists with expertise in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa. We provide the highest quality of care and the broadest range of treatment options tailored to meet patients’ individual needs, including:

  • Topical and oral antibiotics
  • Vitamin A medications
  • Anti-TNF biologics
  • Minor surgery
  • Reconstructive/plastic surgery for severe cases
  • Laser treatments
  • Adjuvant therapies, such as dietary management, smoking cessation, complementary medicine and pain management

The Hidradenitis Suppurativa Program provides services at Montefiore’s new state-of-the-art Hutchinson Campus on alternate Mondays. We also offer a monthly drop-in patient support group to give patients a chance to connect with others suffering from this disease.

What to Expect During Your First Visit

To help us get to know your individual needs, please come prepared to provide detailed information on treatments received to date. You will be seen by a nurse and then a dermatologist who will review your history, examine your skin and discuss treatment options. We will also let you know about possible clinical trials. 

Referrals can be provided for patients in need of consultation with plastic surgeons, rheumatologists, gastroenterologists, complementary medicine and psychiatric support. We will partner with you to ensure you receive the best possible care to help you to manage your condition.