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How can you lower the chances of an infection if you have hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)?

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If you have HS you can lower the chances you’ll get an infection wit these steps:

Your doctor may give you antibiotics to clear up an infection or prevent one.

  • Don’t squeeze or pop the lumps.
  • Wash the area with antibacterial soap.
  • Use antibiotic creams or ointment.
  • Take a bleach bath. If your doctor finds bacteria on the surface of your skin, they may suggest you bathe for 5 or 10 minutes in a weak bleach solution.

From: Problems HS Can Cause WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Health Service: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Medscape: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology:  “Hidradenitis suppurativa.”

Acta Dermato-Venereologica:  “Psychosocial Impact of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Qualitative Study.”

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals: “Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

Dermatology Online Journal:  “Diseases associated with hidradenitis suppurativa: part 2 of a series on hidradenitis.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 15, 2018

SOURCES:

National Organization for Rare Disorders: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

American Academy of Dermatology: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

National Health Service: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Medscape: “Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Best Practice & Research: Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology:  “Hidradenitis suppurativa.”

Acta Dermato-Venereologica:  “Psychosocial Impact of Hidradenitis Suppurativa: A Qualitative Study.”

Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals: “Living with Hidradenitis Suppurativa.”

Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation.

Dermatology Online Journal:  “Diseases associated with hidradenitis suppurativa: part 2 of a series on hidradenitis.”

Reviewed by Debra Jaliman on October 15, 2018

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