Your doctor will ask you about your signs and symptoms, examine the affected skin and take your medical history.
If pus or drainage is present, a laboratory test of the fluid may be done to rule out a boil infection or other skin disorders.
There is no cure for hidradenitis suppurativa. But timely treatment could be helpful to control pain, promote wound healing, keep new lumps from forming and prevent complications.
The following are a number of treatment options:
- Topical and oral drugs.
- Other drugs that reduce inflammation.
- Drugs that suppress the immune system.
- Pain medication
- Uncovering the tunnels.
- Punch debridement.
- Incision and drainage.
- Tissue-sparing excision with electrosurgery.
- Surgical removal.