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Doctor insights on: Lupus And Large Acne Cysts On The Neck And Back

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Acne (Definition)

Acne is one of the most common skin conditions. It affects about 80% of adolescents. Acne starts as a blockage of the sebaceous glands followed by inflammation. It occurs in areas where there are lots of sebaceous glands, such as the face back and chest. The hallmarks of the condition are blackheads, whiteheads (closed comedones), papules, pustules, cysts, nodules, and sometimes scarring. There are numerous treatments available, both topical and systemic. The most commonly used are benzoyl peroxide, retinoids, and antibiotics ...Read more


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Large pimple on neck, usually get one at a time. Is this just a large pimple or a form of cystic acne and how can I control it?

Large pimple on neck, usually get one at a time. Is this just a large pimple or a form of cystic acne and how can I control it?

Cyst: Acne can present as large cyst like spots but usually in more general areas. Some cysts are sebaceous, caused by a plugged up oil gland. Some could be infected sweat gland. Sometimes infected with staph. Should get your doctor to see this to get the correct diagnosis. ...Read more

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so I have what looks like Black heds I have skin grow around them is that cystic acne I have some of the side of my neck and one on my left breast

so I have what looks like Black heds I have skin grow around them is that cystic acne I have some of the side of my neck and one on my left breast

Most likely: While cystic acne can be annoying, they can be treatable requiring patience and commitment. Physical exam can be helpful to determine the diagnosis in most cases, which may require long term antibiotics to get rid of the bacteria within the acne cysts. ...Read more

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PI IBS-D after 6mos. Cdiff infect. Eat lttle; nausea, lots of D/pain. On Levsin (hyoscyamine) etc. Hair fall out \cystic acne on jaw/neck- is it related?

PI IBS-D after 6mos. Cdiff infect. Eat lttle; nausea, lots of D/pain. On Levsin (hyoscyamine) etc. Hair fall out \cystic acne on jaw/neck- is it related?

Irritable bowel: IBS or irritable bowel syndrome can be a miserable illness. Hopefully you have a GI doc who can help guide you along. You may be malnourished from all the diarrhea/pain/malabsorption you've suffered through. That could certainly affect hair growth and affect the immune system (weakening it) allowing acne to form. Raw almonds are good for healthy hair. Keep hands away from face to reduce acne. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribe me the steroid cream clobetasol propionate to use has a spot treatment for cystic acne on my face and neck is this safe to use ?

My doctor prescribe me the steroid cream clobetasol propionate to use has a spot treatment for cystic acne on my face and neck is this safe to use ?

Clobetasol Cream: No. Not only is clobetasol cream not an anti-acne cream, but it's way too strong to be used on the face, even when being used for the indicated conditions of eczema and psoriasis. Common topical medications used on the face are epiduo, or ziana, or acanya or retin a (tretinoin) which are all prescription. ...Read more

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Dear sir, I have discoid lupus sypmtoms in my whole body nd extreme blood comes out from acne type spots. How can I get perminant relief from it ?

Dear sir, I have discoid lupus sypmtoms in my whole body nd extreme blood comes out from acne type spots. How can I get perminant relief from it ?

Discoid lupus: See the dermatologist who diagnosed you and follow his or her directions. There is no cure, and no quick treatment. There are however plenty of ways to control it, and the quicker you do that, the less scarring you will have. ...Read more

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Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Given minocycline for acne. Read side effects & wondered how can it cause Thyroid cancer & Lupus. Asked Dr. & he had no idea. Rare side effects?

Rare adverse event: In few susceptible patients minocycline can trigger the immune system & cause "drug induced autoimmune disease". Minocycline remains a safe drug but you need to be ware of these very rare side effects. Best wishes ...Read more

Cyst (Definition)

A cyst is a structure or mass that consists of a cellular lined sac. It is typically filled with fluid but may be filled with solid material. It can be congenital, traumatic, or acquired. They may develop nearly anywhere in the body and usually require complete excision for eradication or they are likely to recur. Fluid filled sacs that are not cellular lined ...Read more


Dr. J. Lawrence Dohan
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Pimples (Definition)

Pimples are a kind of acne, and are a condition where oil gets trapped in a pore of the skin resulting in small area of ...Read more