Other Names for this Disease
- Miliaria, apocrine
- Apocrine miliaria
- Fox-Fordyce syndrome
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 It is characterized by the development of intense itching in the underarm area, the pubic area, and around the nipple of the breast as a result of perspiration which becomes trapped in the sweat gland and surrounding areas. The cause is unknown, but heat, humidity, and stress appear to be exacerbating factors. Retinoids, antibiotics, and immunosuppressants have had limited success in controlling the symptoms.Fox-Fordyce disease is a chronic skin disease most common in women aged 13-35 years.
Last updated: 4/25/2011
- White SW, Gorman CR. Fox-Fordyce Disease. eMedicine. January 12, 2007; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1070560-overview. Accessed 3/30/2009.
- Fox Fordyce Disease. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2000; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Fox%20Fordyce%20Disease. Accessed 3/30/2009.
- DermNet NZ is an online resource about skin diseases developed by the New Zealand Dermatological Society Incorporated. DermNet NZ provides information about this condition.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
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