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How Liposuction Treats Fox-Fordyce Disease

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Did you know that liposuction is used for more than just cosmetics? It can treat various disorders. One disease it can treat is Fox-Fordyce disease.


In 1902 George Henry Fox and James Addison Fordyce described a new disease as the chronic itching of the axilas (armpits) that leads to inflammation. They found that this rare condition causes the sweat glands to become blocked, which results in a buildup of excretions that can't come out. The result is painful inflammation that often erupts.

The troublesome disease affects more than just the armpits, unfortunately, and can affect other areas in the body where you have apocrine glands, including pubic areas and around the nipples. Since exercise can aggravate blockages, patients prefer to swim as their form of fitness because sweating is minimal when swimming.

Things that cause you to sweat can cause episodes of Fox-Fordyce disease, like stress, humidity, and heat. Women are 90 percent more likely to develop Fox-Fordyce disease than men, with the most frequent age of onsent between teens and mid-thirties.

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Current medical treatments for Fox-Fordyce disease don't work for all patients, and experts are still unsure of all the specifics of the disease. Treatments that work for some, won't work for others. These treatments include topical creams, oral contraceptives, and oral antihistamines. But, liposuction has also been found to significantly alleviate Fox-Fordyce disease!

According to liposuction in NYC, a surgeon makes an incision and inserts a small curet from which a suction is applied. The surgeon then suctions out the debris that's blocking the apocrine glands. After 8 months, one patient's itchiness completely stopped after her liposuction procedure.

Patients with Fox-Fordyce disease should consider liposuction as a very possible treatment. To better manage their condition, patients should avoid oily foods that promote more oil secretion from pores. Patients should also make sure to get their daily recommended water intake and drink more liquids in general – this helps prevent buildups and ensures wastes move through the body with more ease.

Fox-Fordyce disease is a chronic rare ailment that affects women more than men. Sadly, it's most common in the U.S.. Although medical treatments don't work for everyone ubiquitously, liposuction holds a promising outcome for many.