What other therapies may be beneficial in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

Updated: Nov 20, 2020
  • Author: Marina Jovanovic, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Other therapies, including the use of adapalene or azelaic acid, may occasionally be beneficial based on expert opinion. No formal studies have been conducted and therapies must currently be considered experimental. [1]

Metformin can be used as an alternative to current treatments, including long-term antibiotics. [2]

Zinc seems to be a maintenance therapy and second-line treatment for Hurley stage I and II hidradenitis suppurativa. [1, 54]

Cyproterone (not available in the United States) inhibits androgen binding to target cells.

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