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) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
- Medscape Reference provides information on this topic. You may need to register to view the medical textbook, but registration is free.
- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Fox-Fordyce disease. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.