For the treatment of moderate to severe hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) in patients 12 years of age and older


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Your Role in Co-managing HS

Collaboration with a variety of specialties may be needed to provide hidradenitis suppurativa patients with optimal care, starting with a dermatologist.2-4 Dermatologists—as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners in dermatology—have experience with HS and can help co-manage the disease.

Role of the Referring Physician

  • Recognize signs and symptoms of HS and provide initial diagnosis
  • Provide care for immediate HS patient needs
    (eg, discharge from lesions, etc)
  • Identify and manage comorbidities
  • Refer to a dermatologist

Role of the Dermatologist

  • Provide or confirm diagnosis and severity
  • Develop personalized treatment approach and monitor progress
  • Maintain communication with referring physician
  • Partner with other specialties (eg, psychiatrist, surgeon) as needed to ensure multidisciplinary approach

Find a dermatologist

        Please note: While we update our specialist directory regularly, this list may not have the latest provider information. The results shown may not reflect all of the dermatologists in your area. AbbVie has compiled a list of specialists in this directory.

        Best Practices for Making a Seamless HS Referral

        Effective and efficient referral to a dermatologist relies on clear communication and timely knowledge transfer. This is especially important for patients living with a progressive, debilitating disease like HS who may go several years without a diagnosis and proper care.3-7

        • Set clear expectations
          with the patient

        Help the patient understand the
        disease and why it is important to
        see a dermatologist.

        • Identify a dermatologist
          and build a relationship

        After HS is suspected, identify a dermatologist with experience in treating HS and discuss expectations and communication preferences.

        • Help set up the

        Reach out to the dermatologist's office to let them
        know you will be sending an HS patient their way
        —as offices may reserve spots for HS patients—
        to help ensure efficient appointment scheduling.

        • Transfer relevant patient information

        Share all relevant information with the dermatologist, such as any earlier workups, previous treatments, or comorbidities.

        • Follow

        Follow up with the patient at the next visit and with the dermatologist as needed to share any other important patient information.