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Doença by Fox-Fordyce

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Doença by Fox-Fordyce
Doença by Fox-Fordyce

Fox-Fordyce Disease is an inflammatory disease that results from the obstruction of the sweat glands, leading to the appearance of small yellowish balls in the armpit or groin area.

The causes of Fox-Fordyce Disease can be emotional factors, hormonal changes, increased production or chemical changes in sweat that can lead to blockage of the sweat glands and appearance of inflammation.

The Fox-Fordyce disease has no cure, but there are treatments that can reduce inflammation or reduce the appearance of lesions.

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Fox-Fordyce disease in the armpit

Fox-Fordyce disease in the armpit

Treatment of Fox-Fordyce Disease

The treatment of Fox-Fordyce Disease can be done with drugs, which have the function of reducing the inflammation, itching or burning that some individuals may feel in the regions with the lesions. Some remedies used are:

  • Clindamycin (topical);
  • Benzoyl peroxide;
  • Tretinoin (topical);
  • Corticosteroids (topical);
  • Contraceptives (oral).

Other treatment options may be ultraviolet radiation, skin scraping, or laser surgery to remove skin lesions.

Symptoms of Fox-Fordyce Disease

Symptoms of Fox-Fordyce Disease usually appear in areas where there is more perspiration, such as the armpit, groin, areola of the breast or belly button. Some symptoms may be:

  • Small yellow dots;
  • Redness;
  • Itching;
  • Hair loss;
  • Decreased sweating.

Symptoms of Fox-Fordyce Disease worsen in summer due to increased sweat production and in times of high stress due to hormonal changes.

Helpful link:

  • Fordyce Beads

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