Treatments to minimize and prevent breakouts of hidradenitis suppurativa include antibiotics to minimize inflammation and infection, nonprescription acne washes, and bleach baths to reduce bacteria on the skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. In severe cases that do not respond well to standard treatments, surgery may be necessary.
Additional treatment options for hidradenitis suppurativa include corticosteroid injections and oral steroids to minimize inflammation of skin nodules, explains Mayo Clinic. In cases where the skin lesions interconnect beneath the skin, a procedure referred to as deroofing may be best. During a deroofing procedure, a physician removes the layers of skin and surrounding flesh that cover the connected hidradenitis suppurativa lesions.