Acne treatments linked to illness

March 9, 2011 - 0:0

Acne makes many teens feel like they want to hide in their lockers. Now, to add insult to injury, one of the most common treatments could increase chances of getting a chest cold.

A study published this week in the Archives of Dermatology found that people who took either a topical or oral antibiotic for acne were twice as likely to get upper-respiratory-tract infections as acne sufferers who didn't use antibiotics.
The design of the study, which looked at the medical records of more than 118,000 British people diagnosed with acne between 1987 and 2002, prevented the authors from saying that antibiotics caused the infections, though they say the link between the two is strong.
Still, says lead author David Margolis, a dermatologist and epidemiologist at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he doesn't think that acne patients should necessarily rethink antibiotics.
""I'm not saying that anyone should change their treatment. Most of these respiratory infections are self-limited. They're not a big deal."" For people with severe acne, he says, getting a chest cold once in a while might be worth it for the improvement in their skin.
The study didn't address some of the clinical questions, such as how many respiratory infections someone taking antibiotics developed, how severe the infections were, and if taking higher dosages of antibiotics was linked to developing more infections.
Earlier studies have shown that long-term use of both topical and oral antibiotics can increase the amount of bacteria in your body. ""If you rub something on your face, it has an effect on the bacteria inside your nose,"" says Margolis. This study was the first to show that it might also affect your health.
Experts confirm that homeopoathy as a holistic medicine, emphasizes on preventing to suppress skin diseases like Acne, because such a suppressive treatment pushes the disease to deeper and more important organs like respiratory systems.
(Source: Health.usnews)