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Clin Exp Dermatol. 2010 Jan;35(1):36-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2009.03377.x. Epub 2009 Jun 22.

Resorcinol peels as a possible self-treatment of painful nodules in hidradenitis suppurativa.

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Department of Dermatology, Deventer Hospital, Deventer, The Netherlands. boerj@dz.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS) is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease characterized by abscess formation localized to apocrine sweat gland-bearing skin. The most important factor in patients' overall assessment of disease severity is pain. The duration of abscesses takes days to weeks and are always painful.

AIM:

To assess the efficacy of self-treatment with topical 15% resorcinol in an open study.

METHODS:

The case notes of 12 women with stage 1 or 2 HS treated with topical resorcinol and followed up for at least 1 year were reviewed. The patients rated the efficacy of treatment on global maximum pain of nodules and abscesses on a visual analogue scale (VAS) and by self-report of the mean duration (days) of a painful lesion.

RESULTS:

All patients experienced a significant decrease in pain as assessed by VAS and reported a reduction in mean duration of the painful abscesses.

CONCLUSIONS:

Topical treatment with 15% resorcinol reduced pain from painful nodules in all patients with HS. Further trials are warranted to confirm these results.

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