In some cases, Sweet's syndrome resolves without treatment. But medications can speed the process dramatically. The most common medications used for Sweet's syndrome are corticosteroids, which come in a variety of forms, including:
- Pills. Oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone, work very well but will affect your entire body. Long-term use can cause weight gain and weakened bones.
- Creams or ointments. These preparations usually affect just the portion of skin where they're applied, but can cause thinning skin.
- Injections. Another option is to inject a small amount of corticosteroid right into each lesion. This may be less feasible for people who have a great number of lesions.
To avoid the side effects associated with long-term corticosteroid use, your doctor may suggest other types of oral medications, including:
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