Treatment and surgery for hidradenitis suppurativa
Treatment for hidradenitis suppurativa includes lifestyle modifications, over-the-counter products, and prescription medications. Weight loss and smoking cessation can also help decrease the severity of symptoms.
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. If none of these treatments improve the condition, surgery is often recommended.
The specific type of surgery for your hidradenitis suppurativa will depend on what stage your condition is at, what areas of your body are being affected, and how many lesions you have. Surgery can be a very small local excision, done under local anesthetic. If the condition is more severe, general anesthesia can be used for a lengthier procedure.