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Suggest medication for hidradenitis suppurativa

Hi, I m 20 yrs ol. I have suffered from hidradenitis suppurativa since puberty. Although doctors have seen some lesions on my thigh and stomach area they dismissed it without really giving me a cause. I was never able to bring myself to tell them that these boil like things were also on my buttocks, groin, underarms and breasts. I ve lost weight recently (about 30lbs) and while I don t get the huge extremely painful ones under my arms anymore I still have them everywhere else. I take antibiotics for acne but they have done little for these lesions.... Is there something that I can do... this affects my everyday life... I am extremely embarrassed to tell a doctor.
Sat, 2 Dec 2017
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As per your case history of hidradenitis suppurativa.
My treatment advice -
1. Don't squeeze the lesions as it may worsen the condition.
2. Apply a mild antibiotic cream like fusiderm cream twice daily on it.
3. Take a NSAID like ibuprofen for pain and swelling.
4. Other treatment options are oral antibiotics like levofloxacin, doxycyline and minocycline taken only after consulting a dermatologist.

Dr. Harshit bhachech.
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