Because there are no treatments approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the skin disease hidradenitis, dermatologists recommend off-label treatments including medications, surgical treatments and lifestyles changes to alleviate symptoms, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Dermatologists often recommend a combination of treatments for symptom relief.
Medicines to treat hidradenitis include antibiotics, acne washes, corticosteroid injections or pills, and hormone therapy, reports the American Academy of Dermatology. Radiation therapy and oral retinoid therapy are other options. Surgical interventions including laser surgery, excision, and incision and drainage procedures are sometimes effective in controlling symptoms of the disease. Lifestyle changes, including losing weight, show promise in reducing symptoms and flares caused by hidradenitis.