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How do medications treat hidradenitis suppurativa?

Your doctor may prescribe various medicines that you will either apply to the skin or take by mouth.

  • Retinoids may stop the work of oil glands, which can stop hair follicles from getting blocked.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories can help with pain and swollen skin.
  • Antibiotics break up the infection underneath the skin.
  • Corticosteroids may also be used.

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