(hi-drad’e-ni’tis) inflammation of the apocrine sweat glands which are limited to the armpits, groin & pubic areas & the crease under the breast. The glands become plugged. Bacteria then proliferate in the glands creating abscesses. The problems are these specific glands, the material they secrete & the way in which they secrete it. The treatment for active infection is incision with drainage of the pus. The cure is to cut out all sources of infection & closure of the resultant wounds. If the wounds are large skin grafts or preferably skin flaps may be required. Hence the need for a plastic surgeon. The armpit is more commonly affected in women & the groin more commonly in men. The exact cause is unknown but there appears to be a hormonal influence.