As you may know, there is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), but there are a number of treatment options that dermatologists prescribe that may give you some relief and help manage your signs and symptoms. The type of treatment your doctor recommends will depend on several factors, including the severity of your condition.
Below are some treatment options your dermatologist may discuss with you:
Prescribed by a doctor, antibiotic treatments are usually in the form of a pill or cream and are used to fight an infection.
- Commonly prescribed if you have single, painful lesions
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 are medicines that are administered as injections or infusions and prescribed by a doctor.
- Prescribed if you have multiple lesions
Your doctor may recommend surgery for HS if:
- Lesions need to be drained, separated (called de-roofing), or removed
Be sure to discuss all of your signs and symptoms with your dermatologist in order to find the best treatment option for you.