Treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa includes lifestyle modifications, over-the-counter products, prescription medications, and sometimes surgery. Weight loss and smoking cessation can help decrease the severity of HS. It is also recommended to wear loose, light clothing to avoid friction and trauma to the areas. Over-the-counter antiseptic washes are advised starting once a week to the affected areas, and increasing to once daily as tolerated by the skin. There are several other prescription therapies which can improve HS. Your dermatologist will evaluate your condition and determine the best options for therapy.