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Hidradenitis suppurativa is different for every patient, with treatment tailored to each individual case. The key is to closely follow your health care team’s instructions for the steps and medications to take. Be persistent in following your treatment, and be patient: it can take a while for some medications to work. Keep notes and communicate regularly with your doctor about your progress and the effects of your treatment. If you feel there’s a problem with your regimen, or are experiencing any side effects, talk to your doctor right away about trying something else. Don’t hold back from asking questions. Be pro-active and involved in the decision-making about your health – there are many things to try, so don’t be discouraged if one treatment isn’t working – another one might work much better.