Living with the pain and discomfort of having Hidradenitis suppurativa is a difficult aspect of any patient’s life. Bearing the inflammation, the burning sensation, and the shame of going through this kind of skin disease just makes the condition much worse. Although the areas affected are the parts of the body that are hidden from the public, such thighs, groin, genital area, or underarm, patients cannot help but to feel embarrassed and uncomfortable with Hidradenitis suppurativa.
There is not specific treatment plan that works for everyone, depending on the severity of the case and the history of each patient, the condition can be managed and kept under control through a holistic approach and an anti-inflammatory diet. Generally, there is no one medicine that has claimed to be the cure against Hidradenitis suppurativa. There is no one surgical treatment or antibiotic or topical ointment that has guaranteed the total absence and zero possibility of recurrence. All the treatment methods that are being offered by hospitals and are readily available in the market can just help the patient in alleviating the pain, reducing the swelling, and managing the inflammation of the affected areas.
One of the more difficult situations would be for pregnant women with Hidradenitis suppurativa. Treatment for Hidradenitis suppurativa in pregnancy can be challenging as there are some antibiotics and methods that pregnant women cannot take. At the same time, a pregnant woman also needs to get all the nutrients that she and her baby needs, so any change in lifestyle should be accomodating this aspect.
Retinoids are helpful in treating cases of Hidradenitis suppurativa. It is required to be used for a span of 6-23 months so it can control the growth of boil-like lumps, which is the most basic symptom of Hidradenitis suppurativa. Although this can be one of the patient’s options, and if she is pregnant, she cannot take this during her pregnancy. Retinoids can cause harm to the patient and to her baby because of its side effects. Using this should not be an option for treatment for Hidradenitis suppurativa in pregnancy.
Another medicine used to treat cases of Hidradenitis suppurativa is the contraceptive pill. Obviously a pregnant woman cannot use this. Contraceptive pills contain an artificial version of estrogen. This can address the hormonal imbalance and the reduction of skin secretions for the sweat gland openings that effectively control the growth of lumps.
A pregnant patient infected with Hidradenitis suppurativa should also avoid using Corticosteroids. Her doctor cannot just prescribe steroid medicines as they can cause direct harm to the baby.
As there are a lot of medicines and methods that cannot work as treatment for Hidradenitis suppurativa in pregnancy, a pregnant woman can use the conservative and traditional methods that are proven to be safe. The use of topical ointments, warm baths using essential oil and tea tree oil may not directly cure Hidradenitis suppurativa, but they can provide comfort and they can help ease the pain of a pregnant woman.
The use of Aloe Vera is also a natural but a healthy way of reducing the swelling of the affected area, and it also has antibacterial properties that can help the pregnant woman combat any further skin infection.