What is the role of medications in the treatment of neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis (NEH)?

Updated: Aug 27, 2019
  • Author: Joseph C Pierson, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Pain relief is sometimes necessary in neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis (NEH). Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) appear to be the simplest intervention and decrease associated fever. Systemic corticosteroids have not been universally effective in neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis and confer more immunologic risks to the patient undergoing chemotherapy for treatment of malignancy. An individual with idiopathic neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis was successfully treated with colchicine. [38] Generalized lesions in a child with idiopathic neutrophilic eccrine hidradenitis resolved in 2 weeks with topical steroid treatment. [39]


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