Key points

■ Immunosuppression is a possible therapeutic strategy in the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS)

■ Immunosuppressive or anti-inflammatory drugs are generally safe in HS

■ The use of immunosuppression in the absence of bacterial infection often brings rapid relief to patients

■ Immunosuppressive drugs can be used to control flares, and prepare the patient for surgery, for example

■ Longer term immunosuppression may help the patient gain better control of their disease for a period

■ Immunosuppressive therapy alone is unlikely to be curative

Contents

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18.4

18.5

Introduction 136

What Can We Achieve With Therapy?... 137

Immunosuppressive Therapies 137

Prednisolone and Other Corticosteroids 138

Ciclosporin 138

Dapsone 138

Methotrexate 138

Hidradenitis Suppurativa as a Side-Effect ofImmunosuppressive Drugs 139

Practical Use ofImmunosuppressive Therapy 139

References 140

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