Since 2012, the French Association for Research on Hidradenitis (AFRH) has organised the World Day for Hidradenitis Suppurativa, which will take place on Friday 6 June this year. The aim is to increase awareness of this disease, which is little known among the general public, and often misdiagnosed.
Hidradenitis supporativa, also known as Verneuil’s disease and acne inversa, is a chronic disease of the skin. It leads to the occurrence of inflammatory nodules, abscesses and fistulas which affect areas containing a certain type of sweat gland, such as the armpits, breasts and groin. According to AFRH, this disease may affect approximately 1% of the population, both sexes combined(1).
An Inserm team led by Brigitte Dreno is conducting research on this disease. Among other things, the researchers are studying innate immunity and its relationship with the cutaneous flora.
(1) Source: AFRH website