Fox–Fordyce disease


A chronic itchy papular condition occurring in areas of the skin with apocrine glands especially the axilla of young women. Chronic blockage of the sweat gland ducts with a secondary, non-bacterial inflammatory response to the secretions and cellular debris in the cysts.

Similar to hidradenitis but without secondary bacterial infection so that no pus-draining sinuses are formed.


1902 – Original report in 1902 based on the reviews of two patients by Fox and the histopathological review by Fordyce

Associated Persons

Alternative names

  • Apocrine miliaria


The final conclusions of Fox and Fordyce regarding related to neurosis and to neurodermatitis was wrong; but their observation that individual lesions looked, at times, similar to keratosis pilaris was correct


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