Talking with Others
Talking with family and friends
Just because hidradenitis suppurativa isn't always visible to others, doesn't mean it's easy to talk about. Your family and friends may not know how to bring the subject of hidradenitis suppurativa up, or may not know how to support you.
It Takes a Team
A dermatologist discusses why it’s a good idea to turn to family members for support.
Be Prepared with the Facts
Your family and friends will have many questions about hidradenitis suppurativa. But the more you know the facts about hidradenitis suppurativa, the better you can help explain it to others.
A free kit for you, it has information that can help answer questions about hidradenitis suppurativa. There are also local and online support groups for family and friends of people living with hidradenitis suppurativa. Ask your dermatologist about how to find one in your area.
Hidradenitis Suppurativa and Intimacy
Real intimacy starts with open and honest communication. As with your other relationships, be sure you have access to the facts when you discuss your hidradenitis suppurtiva with an intimate partner. Assure him or her that hidradenitis suppurativa is not contagious. It helps if you can let a partner know that you are comfortable with yourself, and that hidradenitis suppurativa is only one part of who you are.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about your feelings and let him or her know any questions you might have.