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Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treatments

There are a variety of treatment options for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). In this video, Dr. Bobby Buka explains what these treatments options are.

There are a variety of treatment options for Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS). In this video, Dr. Bobby Buka explains what these treatments options are and which one might be best for different kinds of patients.

Some common Hidradenitis Suppurativa treatments are taking a topical formulation of antibiotics, using a wash that is antimicrobial in your shower, and also taking oral antibiotics. Probably the most promising and successful therapy for HS has been the induction of biologics, which is a targeted amino suppressor. This treatment option in particular has shown a really nice benefit in terms of controlling symptoms of HS.

Dr. Bobby Buka also explains that surgical therapy is another option to treat HS, yet he says he is very wary of this option because when the apocrine gland, which is where this condition is centralized, is removed from the underarms and groin, the condition may develop once again through the scar.

When cysts become very large in HS patients, they may need to be drained for comfort. This doesn't really change the course of the disease, but it does help with pain management.

Another form of treatment are bleach baths. Bleach baths can help drop bacterial counts as well as ease the symptoms of the condition.

Even though there is no known cause or cure of HS, these treatments certainly help HS patients live with less pain and fewer eruptions during the course of the condition.

 

Dr. Bobby Buka

This video features Dr. Bobby Buka. Bobby Buka, MD, is a section chief at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Buka is also a diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology & Society for Pediatric Dermatology.

Duration: 1:19. Last Updated On: Nov. 8, 2017, 6:14 p.m.
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, . Review date: Jan. 25, 2016
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