What is the treatment algorithm for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Alikhan et al suggest a treatment algorithm based upon the Hurley classification or a tiered approach. For patients in Hurley stage I, antibiotics and intralesional injections of corticosteroids represent a good first-line therapy, while flares should be treated with short courses of systemic corticosteroids. If this regimen fails, zinc, or, in females of non-childbearing age, antiandrogen, therapy may be effective. Long-term immunosuppressive therapy including biologics or surgical therapy may be required in some patients. For patients in Hurley stage III, wide excision may prove to be the only effective treatment. [5]


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