POCATELLO — A local woman is opening up about a painful skin disease for the first time.
It’s called Hidradenitis Suppurativa, commonly referred to as HS, and presents itself as large cysts all over the body.
“It happens in areas like your underarms, underneath your boobs, like in your groin, sometimes on your thighs,” says 18-year-old Mykah Johnson.
Johnson was misdiagnosed with a serious case of acne when she was 14, so she was put on Accutane, which made her condition even worse.
“It was a nightmare,” says Johnson. “There’d be sometimes where I’d just…cup my hand on my cheek and rest my hand and it [the cyst] would pop in my hand. I remember some people being like ‘Hey, there’s something on your shirt, it looks like you’re bleeding.’ And I’d be like, ‘Oh yea…I might have scratched my mosquito bite too hard’. I’d come up with little excuses like that because I didn’t know what to say.”
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