Antibiotics are medications that kill or inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria or fungi. Antibiotics work by attacking the source of the infection. In cases of hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), oral antibiotics may work by reducing the bacterial load on the skin. Some antibiotics are also anti-inflammatory agents. Topical antibiotics have a localized effect, meaning they work only on the areas to which they are applied. Most side effects are usually confined to the local area, as well.
There are several different classes of antibiotics, each of which works in a slightly different way. Topical Clindamycin is often the first treatment prescribed for mild hidradenitis suppurativa (HS).
How do I take it?
Topical antibiotics are applied to the skin as cream, gel, ointment, or solution. Always use medications exactly as prescribed by the doctor.
Some classes of antibiotics can cause more or worse side effects than others. Side effects often increase at higher dosages. Common side effects of topical Clindamycin include redness, dry skin, itching, burning, peeling, oily skin, abdominal pain, and stomach upset.
Rarely, topical Clindamycin can cause serious side effects including allergic reactions, eye pain, and folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles).
For more details about this treatment, visit:
Oral Treatments for Hidradenitis Suppurativa – Hidradenitis Suppurativa Foundation, Inc.
Clindamycin Phosphate Topical Solution – RxList