Understanding Hidradenitis Suppurativa

Though it may not be rare, the condition that causes cysts and boils in the folds of the skin, typically in the armpits and groin can be painful. For those with Hidradenitis Suppurativa, the frustration is real, especially because the cause of this inflammatory skin disease is unknown.

Even though our current understanding is incomplete, it is important to understand that the symptoms are not due to poor hygiene, and Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) is not contagious.

Your treatment will be based on how severe your case is. Unfortunately, finding the correct treatment can take time and lots of trial and error. You and your doctor might have to try multiple treatments to find the one that works best for you.

Some of the most popular classes of prescription treatments include antibiotics and biologics. Although HS is not an infection and is not contagious, antibiotics can help control it. Additionally, biologics assists the body’s the immune system, which likely plays a role in HS by over-reacting to clogged hair follicles.

Patients can also take steps at home to manage the condition including embracing a healthy lifestyle by focusing on good hygiene in the impacted areas and losing weight. Warm sodium chloride compresses and avoiding tight clothing also help with minimizing the symptoms and managing pain.

NSAIDs(nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These over-the-counter medicines can ease your pain and help manage swelling.

No matter the treatment, there is currently no known cure. The team at Windsor Dermatology is committed to HS research. Recent clinical trials are moving dermatologists towards improved treatments and outcomes.

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