This article is relying on the myths surround this disease. I had this disease when I was thin and non smoker. I had this disease when I had hormones and without hormones. I had this disease when I shaved and didn't shave. I had this disease when my family didn't. I personally think my HS was due to environmental exposures during my military time in Desert Shield/Storm. I am tired of these stupid myths being continued. There is no treatment for this disease. I have had five surgeries thus far in the last year. None of them have stopped the disease. I do all of the things recommended in this article. My body is tired of antibiotics and surgery. Maybe the author should speak to actual HS sufferers. I also believe that this disease is an autoimmune disease that involves environmental exposures.