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West Lebanon, NH
A 29-year-old female asked about a 35-year-old male:

my fiance is a iv drug user and has persistent rash on back that resembles acne but are filled with pus and blood. what could this be?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
Why not cystic acne?: It could be folliculitis, and that could be colonized with MRSA given his risk factor, but cannot say for sure via internet. Needs antibacterial ; drying soap to try to open up / kill off and improve skin health (then skin conditioner later). Also needs drug treatment / rehab to prevent recurrence.
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
See doctor ASAP: Sounds like something serious and she needs to see a doctor asap and get treated.

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