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Acne Treatment - Oral Treatment Of Acne Nodules
Acne Vulgaris can be divided in various types or stages. The beginning is with whiteheads and blackheads. Pimples are the second stage and the third stage is the severe form of acne- Cysts and nodules. The treatment of all three types is different. Out of these treatment of nodules is biggest challenge. Nodules are large acne lesions highly inflamed and reach deep inside the skin. Nodules can be very painful. Let us know more about how to treat acne nodules with oral treatment.
Acne treatment- more about cysts and nodules
In the third stage of Acne Vulgaris large infected and inflamed lesions form. They are called cysts and nodules. They invariably cause acne scars and may also be very painful. A nodule is a solid dome-shaped inflamed lesion. Nodules are much bigger than papules and may be very painful. Nodules reach deeper in the skin cells and cause scars. Nodules should not be treated with OTC medication. If you have the third stage of acne with large nodules and cysts, you should consult a doctor about the treatment.
In severe acne what you see as large acne spots full of pus are called cysts. A cyst is a severe form of pustule that is filled with bacteria, white blood cells and dead skin. Cysts can be very painful and extend inside the skin damaging the skin tissue. Cysts invariably cause a scar. For treating cystic acne, doctors commonly drain the cysts and then treat them.
Acne treatment- how to treat nodules
Out of the different options available for acne treatment- physical, oral and topical treatments, oral treatments are best to treat nodules. Nodules are large acne that is inflamed, reaches deep in the skin and is very painful. Most of the common topical treatments such as Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid etc. take a long time to treat nodules. It is preferred to use oral medication to treat this acne to treat it quickly.
Isotretinoin is one of the most potent treatments for severe form of acne. Isotretinoin is a retinoid, a compound of vitamin A. Isotretinoin helps treat all the causes of acne. The normal course of isotretinoin is one or two pills a day for up to twenty weeks. Your dermatologist will decide the dose. Don't take Isotretinoin without medical supervision. The common side effects of isotretinoin may include joint pains, headaches, nausea, and depression. For women, it is very important to be in regular contact with their doctor because isotretinoin can cause damage to development of fetus. It is not prescribed during pregnancy. Before the treatment begins, all possibilities of pregnancy have to be eliminated. Talk to your doctor in detail about this and follow his/her instructions very strictly. Women must not miss their appointment with doctor while taking isotretinoin.
Antibiotics - In case of severe acne oral antibiotics are preferred as they produce quicker results. Broad-spectrum antibiotics reduce the bacteria P.acnes substantially. With reduction in the population of this bacterium, inflammation reduces. Antibiotics that are commonly prescribed include - tetracycline, erythromycin, doxycycline, etc. Excessive use of antibiotics can cause resistance to the antibiotic and gastro intestinal problems.
Oral contraceptives for female patients:
Hormones are responsible for overactive sebaceous glands. These glands produce more sebum and cause acne. In women the hormonal activity can be corrected with oral contraceptives. These drugs should be taken only under medical supervision.
This article is only for informative purposes. This article is not intended to be a medical advise and it is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your doctor for your medical concerns. Please follow any tip given in this article only after consulting your doctor. The author is not liable for any outcome or damage resulting from information obtained from this article.
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