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Can boils and other bacteri infections be caused by drug use as meth?
15 doctors weighed in

Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
5 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
People on meth tend to pick on their skin that can provide a portal of entry for bacteria that infect hair follicles and result in boils.

In brief: Yes
People on meth tend to pick on their skin that can provide a portal of entry for bacteria that infect hair follicles and result in boils.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Ryan Stanton
Emergency Medicine
5 doctors agree
In brief: IV use
Iv drug use can absolutely increase the risk of skin infections.
All they need is a break in the skin. Dirty needles can also introduce infection into the blood stream which can easily be deadly.

In brief: IV use
Iv drug use can absolutely increase the risk of skin infections.
All they need is a break in the skin. Dirty needles can also introduce infection into the blood stream which can easily be deadly.
Dr. Ryan Stanton
Dr. Ryan Stanton
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Dr. Martin Raff
As above, agree. Our major defense against infection is intact skin and mucous membranes. Any time this barrier is violated organisms may be introduced, and if in combination with a foreign object like the impurity in drugs, and with the pharmacologic actions of an agent which could also affect blood supply to the area, this is a wonderful setup for infection
Dr. James Marx
Also, a neuro-dermatitis can occur if there is constant picking at the skin with resultant infection being spread from place to place.
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
It depends on the methamphetamine is being used.
You can develop some very severe infectious with unsterile injections of material.

In brief: Yes
It depends on the methamphetamine is being used.
You can develop some very severe infectious with unsterile injections of material.
Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff
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David Miller
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Impaired immunity
Drug use can damage all of your body's systems, including impairing your immune system. As a result, this can make it easier for you to get a host of infections.
If you are using drugs iv, then you increase your chance of infection. In addition, the use of unclean needles and other unsterile IV techniques can cuase skin infections.

In brief: Impaired immunity
Drug use can damage all of your body's systems, including impairing your immune system. As a result, this can make it easier for you to get a host of infections.
If you are using drugs iv, then you increase your chance of infection. In addition, the use of unclean needles and other unsterile IV techniques can cuase skin infections.
David Miller
David Miller
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