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Hidradenitis Treatment

What is Hidradenitis?

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a skin disease that attacks the sweat glands and hair follicles. The most common area this condition is found in under the arms, beneath the breasts, inner thighs, groin area and buttocks. HS appears to be a pus filled cyst that can be anywhere from the size of a pea to a tennis ball. Some cysts can bust open and drain out, when this happens, this can cause more infections. Cysts can be painful to the touch as well as during the buildup of infection. The pressure from the infection can cause the pain to become worse. When someone has a case of HS, questions can arise about the treatments. Read below where Experts have answered many commonly asked questions.

Does laser hair removal help treat HS?

Often, when someone has HS in their hair follicles, laser hair removal can help treat this condition. Sometimes, someone will need to have their hair removed during the beginning stages of HS. The laser treatment is often done before there is too much scaring from the lesions. This procedure is also done in settings that are a few weeks between each treatment.

Is there a liquid that can help treat HS and what other treatments can help?

There have been some success stories of using a liquid that is put on the lesions and then bombarded with a blue light. Although this treatment is still new, the results could depend on the stage of the condition as well as the person. Some people can benefit from wearing loose clothing, losing weight, or even hair removal.

Is HS a severe disease and what happens if antibiotics do not work?

HS is normally considered a severe disease that has many abscesses and sinus tracks. Often, antibiotics can help treat the condition. However, if the antibiotics do not help, a doctor will need to be seen to prescribe the individual a topical cream.

Is jock itch or fungal issues related to HS or are caused by HS?

Often, jock itch issues or fungal issues are not related to any HS symptoms. Also, HS does not cause either one of these conditions.

How can a bandage be removed from an HS lesion if the bandage is stuck?

When someone has had an HS lesion drained and a bandage has been used, there can be issues with the bandage sticking to the newly healing skin. When this happens, individuals will need to rip the bandage off and applying a fresh one. Often it can be easier if warm water is applied to the bandage to remove some of the adhesive.

Does all the infected glands need to be removed to treat HS lesions?

Sometimes, when there is surgery performed to remove HS lesions, doctors may have to make sure all infected glands are removed as well. If there are sinus tracks from HS, removing these can help. Some people may not have any other issues with HS after this procedure. However, there are some people who will still have constant issues and surgery was only a temporary solution.

What medications is prescribed for HS and how can someone avoid breakouts?

When a person has HS, doctors may prescribe any one of the following medications to help treat the condition or flare-ups:
• Anti-androgens
• Glucocorticoids
• Cyclosporine
• Infliximab
• Retinoids

In some cases, when a person has HS, avoiding the following can help with flare-ups:
• heat, friction from clothes, and sweating
• Weight loss if overweight
• Antibacterial soaps
• smoking
• Antibiotics

Hidradenitis suppurativa is an abscess disease that causes infection lesions over the body. Occasionally, these lesions can be caused by infected sweat and hair glands. When there is an issue with HS, questions can arise about the treatments and or cure. When these questions need answers, individuals can ask an Expert.
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