How is hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) treated?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa remains a considerable challenge. Therapeutic options for hidradenitis suppurativa were long restricted to the use of local disinfectants and systemic antibiotics, as well as repeated incision and drainage, which produce only short-term benefits. Medical management is recommended in early stages. [14]

Treatment should be individualized according to the state and extent of the disease. Absolute cessation of smoking is essential in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa. Management with antibiotics or other medications may relieve symptoms.


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