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Treatment options for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)

While there is currently no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), there are a number of treatment options dermatologists prescribe that may give you some relief and help you manage your signs and symptoms. The type of treatment your doctor recommends will also depend on several factors, including the severity of your condition.

Below are some treatment options your dermatologist may discuss with you:

Antibiotics

Prescribed by a doctor, antibiotic treatments are usually in the form of a pill or cream and are used to fight an infection. 


Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids are taken as a pill, or sometimes your doctor may give you a corticosteroid injection. Injections are used to help reduce pain and swelling.


Biologics

Biologics are medicines that are administered as injections or infusions. Prescribed if you have multiple HS wounds or lesions.


Surgery

Your doctor may recommend surgery for HS if lesions need to be drained, separated (called de-roofing), or removed.

Please note: This is not a comprehensive list of treatments.

Discuss with your doctor

Be sure to discuss all of your signs and symptoms with your dermatologist in order to find the best HS treatment option for you. Keep in mind that this may take some time and teamwork with your dermatologist. The more they know about your condition, the more they may be able to help.

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