Dermatoimmunology and Allergy Association in order to draw attention to the sweat gland inflammation hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), commonly known as dog udder disease, which manifests itself in the form of inflamed and painful acne and boils in the armpits and groin area, and which is seen in 1 out of every 100 people in the society. launched a new awareness campaign. (1) Making a statement about HS disease, which is stated to take approximately 7 years to be diagnosed, President of the Dermatoimmunology and Allergy Association Prof. Dr. Nilgün Atakan pointed out that patients do not go to the doctor because they are afraid, and that if they notice an inflamed abscess in the specified areas, it is important to apply to a dermatologist. (2)
, popularly known as dog breast disease , sweat gland inflammation disease hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) The campaign, which is carried out with the slogan “Don’t Wait 7 Years, Lift Your Arm, Get Checked”, invites the public to be careful against inflamed acne and boil-like painful nodules caused by HS disease.
Individuals with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), also known as canine udder disease in the community, can reach the correct diagnosis in approximately 7 years. In this process, patients’ quality of life decreases due to painful, inflamed acne and boil-like nodules in their bodies. Although the distribution of HS lesions, which embarrass people, push them away from social life and lead them to depression, and negatively affect their quality of life, varies according to gender, armpits and genital areas are more frequently affected. (3)
“Patients should consult a dermatologist”
Press conference moderated by Ece Vahapoğlu on Thursday, July 4, 2019, at Istanbul Grand Hyatt Hotel to draw attention to Hidradenitis suppurativa was carried out.
Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Venereal Diseases, Lecturer and President of the Dermatoimmunology and Allergy Association Prof. Dr. Nilgün Atakan and Ankara Yıldırım Beyazıt University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology and Venereal Diseases Lecturer Prof. Dr. A HS patient who attended the meeting, where Başak Yalçın made statements, also shared the diagnosis processes and the difficulties they experienced.
President of the Dermatoimmunology and Allergy Association , which was established in 2005 to ensure that more dermatologists and more devotedly adopt dermatoimmunology. Dr. Nilgün Atakan made the following statements on the subject during the press conference:
“Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) – sweat gland inflammation disease is seen in approximately one out of every 100 people in the society and is among the public. is known as canine udder disease . HS; It is a chronic skin disease that occurs with painful and inflamed abscesses where hair and sweat glands are located. The diagnosis of HS is made in an average of 7 years due to the fact that patients do not go to the doctor because they are afraid or they apply to dermatologists later.
Symptoms of sweat gland inflammation
If you have painful, recurring tender bumps or sores in the armpits, groin, buttocks and under the breasts, a dermatologist should be consulted. The course of the disease changes positively with the diagnosis made in the early period.
The average time to correct diagnosis of Hidradenits Suppurativa (HS) patients is 7 years.
- If there are painful and tender swellings, often in the armpits, groin, buttocks and under the breasts
- If these swellings have appeared 2 or more times in the last 6 months
- Scar formation in the areas where the swelling is seen
you may also have Hidradenits Suppurativa (HS) disease. If a foul-smelling, inflamed discharge comes from these wounds, consult a dermatologist without waiting.
“HS disease is seen 2 to 5 times more frequently in women than in men.”
Dermatoimmunology and Allergy Association Vice President Prof. Dr. Başak Yalçın stated that HS is seen 2 to 5 times more often in women than in men.
Yalçın said, “While the distribution of Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) lesions, which embarrass people, push them away from social life and lead them to depression, and negatively affect their quality of life, varies according to gender, studies show that lesions in the genital area and groin are more common in women. It is noteworthy that 34 percent of first-degree relatives with HS also have the same disease.
7 years of standby! Raise your arm, check it out!
In the video prepared for the campaign in order to raise awareness about this disease caused by the immune system disorder, “Come on, Don’t Wait for 7 Years! Raise Your Arm, Get It Checked!” message is transmitted.
The video draws attention to the delay in diagnosis through the reactions given to different situations after 7 years of waiting, and focuses on the importance of patients consulting a dermatologist without waiting, as in the strange examples in the video.
AbbVie Turkey Corporate Communications and Patient Relations Director Figen Şamdancı , in her statement on the project, said, “We always prioritize awareness activities that inform patients and their relatives in order to make a difference in the lives of patients. We actively use our social media platforms and digital media channels to reach large audiences in awareness projects. Our aim with this awareness campaign, which we have implemented under the leadership of the Dermatoimmunology and Allergy Association, is to raise awareness of the society.” said.
Candlestick also provides more information on patients’ HS References:
1.Jemec GBE, et al. Hidradenitis Suppurativa. NEngl J Med. 2012; 366(2):158-164
2.Saunte DM et al. British Association of Dermatology. 2015;173:1546-1549
3.Jemec GBE, et al. Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Germany: Springer; 2006
4.Revuz JE et al. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol. 2009;23(9):985-998