Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa Associated with Education Level and Job Status?

By Rob Dillard - January 5, 2023

A study found a link between disease-related factors of hidradenitis suppurativa and low educational level, as well as lack of occupation. The findings were published in Actas dermo-sifiliográficas.

This cross-sectional study comprised of 98 patients with HS seen between September 2017 and September 2018. The investigators assessed disease-specific variables to discern any correlations in patients with different educational levels and occupational status.

According to the results, patients in the study with non-university studies had more frequently three or more affected HS areas, a higher number of painful days, and a higher score on the VAS scale of disease measure. Moreover, the study found that patients from the inactive occupational group had a significantly increased number of painful days. The occupational group had a greater number of patients with a history of depression, and a higher mean BMI. The investigators observed that late HS onset was significantly associated with being occupationally inactive.

“Pain, ≥ 3 affected areas, history of depression, higher mean BMI, and late onset of HS, are associated with low education level and inactive occupational status,” the researchers concluded.

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