What education should be provided to patients with hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Patients should be educated about the initial treatments, which include the following [15] (see Medical Care):

  • Practicing proper hygiene
  • Using soaps and antiseptic and antiperspirant agents
  • Using warm compresses
  • Wearing loose-fitting clothing
  • Smoking cessation

Patients who are obese should be educated about weight loss (see Diet). Additionally, patients should be educated about activities that may provide some relief of their condition [4] (see Activity). These activities include swimming, bathing, and avoiding smoking.

For patient education resources, see the Skin Conditions and Beauty Center. Also see the patient education article Boils.

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