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Just looking for some advice on HS. I'm 34 years old and I got my first flare up a year ago when I was quite run down, then another single lump appeared under other armpit a month later. I was put on antibiotics to get rid of the second lump. It wasn't until the month after the second lump appeared I got an extremely nasty flare up that lasted weeks and covered both underarms. Mine have never burst. I knew I had HS from the research I had done online but I seen 3 doctors and none of them would refer me to dermatologist. I found out I was pregnant shortly after and changed doctor who seemed to know about this condition, obviously I couldn't do anything or go on the long course of antibiotics but he did say to come back to him at the end of my pregnancy and he would skip the dermatologist stage and put me straight in contact with a plastic surgeon. I'm quite confused as I am now near the end of my pregnancy and should be booking an appointment but I haven't had a flare up in nearly 9 months which my doctor has said would be because of the pregnancy. However I have felt the symptoms and tenderness under my armpits but instead of flaring up it has gone away. Has anyone else experienced this? My second question is that I feel I need to speak to a professional about HS as I am so new to it but the doctor is sending me to a plastic surgeon as he said that he is just cutting out the middle man as in the dermatologist. Is my doctor correct in that there is no real benefit to seeing a dermatologist? Also I am not even sure I want surgery on my armpits, I don't understand what it helps with as from all the research I have done it seems like you still get flare ups in those places so is there any benefits to surgery? I feel like I'm living in fear because I'm nearing the end of my pregnancy and I feel like once I have the baby I will get a flare up. I have absolutely no information on if I can breastfeed. It's my first baby which will be great but hard, i just don't know how I will cope if I get a nasty flare up with a newborn baby 😓😓. I could barely cope with HS on my own. Really appreciate any advice. Lauren
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