What are the treatment options for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Treatment may include the following:

  • Local hygiene and ordinary hygiene

  • Weight reduction in patients who are obese

  • Use of ordinary soaps and antiseptic and antiperspirant agents (eg, 6.25% aluminum chloride hexahydrate in absolute ethanol)

  • Application of warm compresses with sodium chloride solution or Burow solution

  • Wearing of loose-fitting clothing

  • Laser hair removal

  • Cessation of cigarette smoking

  • Medical anti-inflammatory or antiandrogen therapy such as oral or topical antibiotics, intralesional triamcinolone, spironolactone, or finasteride

  • Biological therapy

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