does this sound like hidradenitis suppurativa?

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for a while now, i've been getting "acne" on my butt. it started worrying me when i also got it in my right armpit. i did some research and found out about hs, and panicked a bit once i read more about it. 

i went to see my doctor, and he insisted that i didn't have hs. however, i'm not sure why i'm getting pimples in these weird locations. they're small, don't drain, and go away within a day or two, but they always come back , and are in the areas that hs shows up in. they also aren't due to shaving.

i feel like i need someone who actually has hs to help me be able to tell whether i could have it or not. it's causing me lots of anxiety...i'm scared that one day i'll see a huge boil instead of a little pimple on my armpit or butt. 


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    Usually with HS its not just a few pimples or spots, its full on swolled, red angry boils. That what it is in my case, ive never had small spots with it, only huge red sores. But if you think that you do have it, see another GP for a second opinion because the earlier it is diagnosed the easier it is to treat/prevent from escalating. Good Luck x
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    Yes, there is a chance you have HS, but if you do, rest assured there is a way to stop it in its tracks and if you do have it, it is so light and in the beginning stages you are very very lucky!  I got HS about a decade ago and didnt know what it was or how to treat it until about 4 years ago.  Humera has SAVED MY LIFE and I suggest going to your dermatologist or even a GS (General Surgeon) and allow them to do an extraction and culture to tell you for sure.  Do not worry about having HS, it is managable.  Painful? Yes, sometimes but not life threatening or debilitating (unless you are a model or swimmer).  Half the people you see walking down the street have HS or something similar, and some may not even know, but get checked just in case, I hope everything works out for you!  Stay strong! 
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    Hi I agree with Samantha,  This doesn't sound like HS to me.   The lesions caused by HS are usually a lot bigger,  infected and very painful.   The best way to get a diagnosis is to ask to be referred to a dermatologist.   They would know.  x



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