Alternative medicine

Common use of alternative medicine in patients with hidradenitis suppurativa

November 22, 2021

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Lane J, et al. J Drugs Dermatol. 2021.doi:10.36849/JDD.6046.

Disclosures: Lane does not report any relevant financial information. Please see the study for relevant financial information from all other authors.

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According to one study, more than a third of people with hidradenitis suppurativa reported using alternative medicine approaches, regardless of age or disease severity.

“Patients with hidradenitis suppurativa often seek non-prescription therapies”, Jordan Lane, BS, BSN, from the Dermatology Research Center in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and colleagues wrote.

Lane and colleagues surveyed 67 patients with HS to determine prevalence rates of use of alternative therapies. Specifically, they sought information on demographics, disease severity, and quality of life to determine differences between patients who use alternative approaches and those who do not.

Some of the alternative approaches reported by patients included hot baths, laser hair removal, antibiotics, creams, teas, bath salts and soaps.

Results showed that 25 patients (mean age, 36.7 years; 92% female) reported using alternative medicine, and 42 patients (mean age, 40.8 years; 88% female) reported not using alternative medicine. not have done it.

Time since diagnosis was shorter in patients who reported using alternative medicine compared to those who did not (12.6 years versus 14.6 years).

The use of alternative medicine was also associated with poorer quality of life, as assessed by the dermatological quality of life index. Patients who used alternative medicine had an average score of 14.1, compared to a score of 11 for nonusers.

None of these differences were statistically significant, according to the results.

The researchers said the dataset could be limited by the small sample size.

“The use of alternative medicine in patients with hidradenitis is common, regardless of disease severity,” the researchers wrote. “Even mild illness can cause patients to seek alternative treatment.”