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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Is hidradenitis suppurativa contagious?

    One of my flatmates has a condition called hidradenitis suppurativa and I am worried it may be contagious as we share the same couch, etc.
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    Dr Jillian Tomlinson

    Hand Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon

    Dr Jill Tomlinson is a fully qualified plastic, reconstructive and hand surgeon. After graduating dux in her year at University High School, Jill completed medical … View Profile

    Please be reassured - hidradenitis suppurativa is not a contagious condition and you will not catch it from any activity you undertake around or with your flatmate.

    If you're curious about hidradenitis suppurativa you may wish to ask your flatmate, or check out the information at this website (DermNet NZ).

  • Mr Stephen Salerno

    Plastic Surgeon

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    Hidradenitis suppurativa is not a contagious condition and can not be passed on to you.

    Stephen Salerno

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    Dr John Frew

    Dermatologist (Skin Specialist)

    Hidradenitis Suppurativa is NOT contagious. It may look like an infection- but this disease mimics an infection. The swelling pain and pus are due to Inflammation NOT Infection.

    HS requires both medical and surgical management in some cases-see a Dermatologist to discuss your options

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