Laser and Light-Based Treatment Modalities for the Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa
Lyons AB, Townsend SM, Turk D, Narla S, Baah N, and Hamzavi IH. Laser and Light-Based Treatment Modalities for the Management of Hidradenitis Suppurativa. Am J Clin Dermatol 2019.
American journal of clinical dermatology
Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by inflammatory nodules, abscesses, and sinus tracts in intertriginous areas that has a significant impact on patient quality of life. Treatments range from topical, intralesional, systemic, and surgical. Furthermore, laser and light-based treatment options have become increasingly popular because of the limitations of adverse effects associated with systemic therapy and decreased down-time associated with laser and light therapy. These modalities are thought to work through a variety of mechanisms including decreasing inflammation, destroying hair follicles, targeting sebaceous glands, killing bacteria, and debulking lesions through ablation. This review explores these laser and light-based treatment modalities for the treatment of hidradenitis suppurativa.
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