The Dangers of Long Term Antibiotics for Acne Conglobata

Acne conglobata is a common disorder which affects the majority of people at some point in their lives. It can range in severity from mild to severe. A mild case of acne conglobata can often be treated with a topical face wash that contains benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. These chemical can remove oil from the skin and also kill the p. acnes bacteria that leads to breakouts. More severe cases of acne may require the use of oral antibiotics to sufficiently treat it. Recently scientists have been finding that long term use of oral antibiotics may cause to serious bowel disorders and chronic yeast infections.

When a person takes oral antibiotics for a long period of time, they kill the beneficial bacteria that live in their intestines. This good bacteria is needed for digestion, the creation of certain vitamins, and to stop the inflammatory process. Long term antibiotics change the ecology of the gut and some experts believe that it can affect human health.

Scientists have noticed that Crohn’s disease was very rare before the introduction of penicillin in the 50′s. It has been shown that the increase in cases of Crohn’s has risen along with the use of these antibiotics. Some believe that the bacteria living within our bodies prevent the outbreak of inflammatory diseases within the bowels. Certain antibiotics work by causing bacteria to create toxins that kill it and other bacteria around it. These toxins may be harmful to human beings in certain cases.

An alteration in gut flora from the use of antibiotics can be treated with the use of probiotic supplements. Acidophilus bacteria is often supplemented for those who are intolerant to dairy. Certain types of probiotic bacteria have been shown to reduce inflammation and may help with the symptoms of IBS or Crohn’s.

Dermatologists have many different types of acne conglobata treatments in their arsenal including lasers, blue light therapy, and topical treatments. In many cases these would be preferable, as they do not cause negative effects on the body. Scientists are just now discovering the importance of our bodies own beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics were never meant for long term use and few studies and been undertaken to see how they affect human health.

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