On Thursday’s Morning Focus Alan was joined by Barry McGrath from Parteen.
Barry suffers from Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) which is a long-term condition which causes painful fluid-filled lumps on various body parts.
HS can also cause scarring and disfigurement and may lead to physical disability in some.
HS can have devastating effects on mental and emotional health. There is no cure for HS but some treatments are available to help manage it.
It is estimated there are more than 50,000 people in Ireland living with HS.
Barry wanted to give hope and advice to those listening who may be suffering with the condition.