Global Epidemiology of HS by continent:

A Systemic Review of Prevalence & Clinical Characteristics
*Please note this reflects only reported cases and is based on minimal studies completed in each country. 
Far more information and studies are needed world wide.*

Hover over the continent to see stats

asia total.JPG
South America.JPG

Middle East

middle east.JPG

No data available

No data available

europe total.JPG

Data compiled by Ghazal Ghafari


Andrade, T. C. P. C. de, Vieira, B. C., Oliveira, A. M. N., Martins, T. Y., Santiago, T. M., & Martelli, A. C. C. (2017). Hidradenitis suppurativa: epidemiological study of cases diagnosed at a dermatological reference center in the city of Bauru, in the Brazilian southeast State of São Paulo, between 2005 and 2015. Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, 92(2), 196–199.

Calao, M., Wilson, J. L., Spelman, L., Billot, L., Rubel, D., Watts, A. D., & Jemec, G. B. E. (2018). Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) prevalence, demographics and management pathways in Australia: A population-based cross-sectional study. PloS One, 13(7), e0200683.

Canoui-Poitrine, F., Revuz, J. E., Wolkenstein, P., Viallette, C., Gabison, G., Pouget, F., … Bastuji-Garin, S. (2009). Clinical characteristics of a series of 302 French patients with hidradenitis suppurativa, with an analysis of factors associated with disease severity. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 61(1), 51–57.

Choi, E., Cook, A. R., & Chandran, N. S. (2018). Hidradenitis suppurativa: An Asian perspective from a Singaporean institute. Skin Appendage Disorders, 4(4), 281–285.

Delany, E., Gormley, G., Hughes, R., McCarthy, S., Kirthi, S., Markham, T., … Kirby, B. (2018). A cross-sectional epidemiological study of hidradenitis suppurativa in an Irish population (SHIP). Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV, 32(3), 467–473.

Hagan, P. G., Andersen, R. K., ten Seldam, I. E. J., van Gelder, F., Zwijnenburg, C. M., Boer, J., & Jemec, G. B. E. (n.d.). Hidradenitis suppurativa prevalence in Berekum, Ghana – initial validation of a HS questionnaire in an African setting. Retrieved March 31, 2021, from website:

Hayama, K., Fujita, H., Hashimoto, T., Terui, T., & Japanese HS Research Group. (2020). Questionnaire-based epidemiological study of hidradenitis suppurativa in Japan revealing characteristics different from those in Western countries. The Journal of Dermatology, 47(7), 743–748.

Ianhez, M., Schmitt, J. V., & Miot, H. A. (2018). Prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa in Brazil: a population survey. International Journal of Dermatology, 57(5), 618–620.

Killasli, H., Sartorius, K., Emtestam, L., & Svensson, Å. (2020). Hidradenitis suppurativa in Sweden: A registry-based cross-sectional study of 13,538 patients. Dermatology (Basel, Switzerland), 236(4), 281–288.

Kirsten, N., Petersen, J., Hagenström, K., & Augustin, M. (2020). Epidemiology of hidradenitis suppurativa in Germany - an observational cohort study based on a multisource approach. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV, 34(1), 174–179.

Kirsten, Natalia, Zander, N., & Augustin, M. (2021). Prevalence and cutaneous comorbidities of hidradenitis suppurativa in the German working population. Archives of Dermatological Research, 313(2), 95–99.

Lee, J. H., Kwon, H. S., Jung, H. M., Kim, G. M., & Bae, J. M. (2018). Prevalence and comorbidities associated with hidradenitis suppurativa in Korea: a nationwide population-based study. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV, 32(10), 1784–1790.

Liang, Y.-T., Yeh, C.-J., Huang, J.-Y., & Wei, J. C.-C. (2021). Epidemiology of hidradenitis suppurativa in Taiwan: A 14-year nationwide population-based study. The Journal of Dermatology, (1346-8138.15811). doi:10.1111/1346-8138.15811

Mebazaa, A., Ben Hadid, R., Cheikh Rouhou, R., Trojjet, S., El Euch, D., Mokni, M., … Ben Osman, A. (2009). Hidradenitis suppurativa: a disease with male predominance in Tunisia. Acta Dermatovenerologica Alpina, Panonica, et Adriatica, 18(4), 165–172.

Mintoff, D., Camilleri, L., Aquilina, S., Boffa, M. J., Clark, E., & Scerri, L. (2020). Prevalence of hidradenitis suppurativa in Malta: comparison with established epidemiological data. Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 45(6), 758–759.

Omine, T., Miyagi, T., Hayashi, K., Yamaguchi, S., & Takahashi, K. (2020). Clinical characteristics of hidradenitis suppurativa patients in Okinawa, Japan: Differences between East Asia and Western countries. The Journal of Dermatology, 47(8), 855–862.

Schneider-Burrus, S., Lux, G., van der Linde, K., Barbus, S., Huss-Marp, J., Tsaousi, A., … Sabat, R. (2021). Hidradenitis suppurativa - prevalence analyses of German statutory health insurance data. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV, 35(1), e32–e35.

Shirah, B. H., & Shirah, H. A. (2017). The clinical pattern of axillary hidradenitis suppurativa among Saudi Arabians: Mode of presentation and treatment challenges. Journal of Cutaneous and Aesthetic Surgery, 10(2), 95–100.

Theut Riis, P., Pedersen, O. B., Sigsgaard, V., Erikstrup, C., Paarup, H. M., Nielsen, K. R., … Jemec, G. B. (2019). Prevalence of patients with self‐reported hidradenitis suppurativa in a cohort of Danish blood donors: a cross‐sectional study. The British Journal of Dermatology, 180(4), 774–781.

Yang, J. H., Moon, J., Kye, Y. C., Kim, K. J., Kim, M. N., Ro, Y. S., … Korean Society for Acne Research. (2018). Demographic and clinical features of hidradenitis suppurativa in Korea. The Journal of Dermatology, 45(12), 1389–1395.

Yüksel, M., & Basım, P. (2020). Demographic and clinical features of hidradenitis suppurativa in Turkey. Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, 24(1), 55–59.

Zimman, S., Comparatore, M. V., Vulcano, A. F., Absi, M. L., & Mazzuoccolo, L. D. (2019). Hidradenitis suppurativa: Estimated prevalence, clinical features, concomitant conditions, and diagnostic delay in a university teaching hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Actas Dermo-Sifiliograficas, 110(4), 297–302.