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Acne: Severe Acne

Severe Acne Types -

The common acne is called Acne vulgaris. That is not the only acne type. Some other acne types are very severe. Acne vulgaris can also become severe if a number of nodules and cysts form. The other types of acne are-

  • Acne conglobata,
  • Acne fulminans and
  • Gram-negative folliculitis

All of these are very severe forms of acne and can be psychologically damaging.With quick diagnosis these acne types can be treated successfully in a short time. Let us find out more about severe acne types other than acne vulgaris.

Acne Conglobata-

Acne Conglobata is a very severe form of acne. In this condition, blackheads are widespread. Inflamed nodules form around blackheads. These nodules increase in size rapidly and burst open after some time. The nodules cause a lot of skin scarring and infect the depth of the skin. These ulcerating nodules also cause lot of pain and discomfort.

Acne Conglobata affects men more than women. Acne Conglobata forms mainly on the trunk, buttocks and upper arms. Acne Conglobata usually forms when papules and pustules deteriorate suddenly. Sometimes Acne Congobata also flares up from the acne that is dormant for many years.

Acne Conglobata is treated with Isotretinoin and antibiotics. The treatment is normally prolonged and may have be repeated.

Acne Fulminans-

Acne Fulminans is a rare and severe form of Acne Conglobata. The acne in this case is very severe and ulcerates. Symptoms of fever are present along with acne. Acne Fulminans appears suddenly. This acne is accompanied by joint pain, a feeling of being unwell and a higher white cell count.

Testotestrone intake for weight gain may sometimes precipitate acne Fulminans. Acne Fulminans rarely affects women.

Acne Fulminans is treated with Isotretinoin, antibiotics, steroids, and anti-inflammatory agents such as aspirin. You need to consult a dermatologist as soon as you get any symptom of Acne Fulminans.

Gram-negative Folliculitis -

Gram-negative folliculitis is caused by Gram-negative bacteria such as: Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Serratia marcescens, Klebsiella and Proteus species.

In this condition the hair follicles are severely infected and inflamed. Pus filled pustules develop extensively on the skin. Gram-negative folliculitis is commonly caused by excessive use of tetracycline or topical antibiotics. This condition is treated with antibiotics and Isotretinoin.

Article created on: August 19, 2006

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