Hidradenitis Suppurativa | Treatment


How is hidradenitis suppurativa treated?

Treatment depends on how severe your condition is. If your hidradenitis suppurativa is mild, applying warm compresses to the affected area and washing it with anti-bacterial soap may help with your symptoms. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (one brand: Advil) can help to manage swelling and relieve the pain.

More severe cases may require topical (applied to the skin) or oral (taken by mouth) antibiotics. For some people, hidradenitis suppurativa gets worse over time. Scarring can occur in the affected area. These people may need surgery. Surgery is the most effective treatment for severe, chronic hidradenitis suppurativa.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 07/06