When is systemic treatment indicated in hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Aug 30, 2019
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Systemic treatment is indicated when more severe or widely spread lesions are present. [1] Some authors advocate long-term treatment with systemic antibiotics (eg, tetracycline, doxycycline, minocycline, clindamycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, erythromycin in combination with metronidazole), but long-term outcomes are often poor. [4, 5]


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