When does acne become severe?
AUSTRALIA’S latest acne epidemic has sparked fears that some Australians are living with chronic inflammatory conditions that have been linked to the use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
More than a million people have reported severe acne since the start of the pandemic, and the number of Australians with the condition has doubled since July.
Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) said on Tuesday the numbers were rising faster than ever, with people reporting their acne “growing worse” and worsening.
“This trend is particularly concerning because of the current pandemic,” Dr Andrew McLean, director of the NHMRC Centre for Health and Community Services, told reporters.
People suffering from acne and its related conditions may have a history of a number of diseases including diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma and depression, the NHMC said.
But the pandemics rise in the number and severity of skin infections has led to concern among dermatologists that patients are being infected with a “hidden” virus that may cause them to develop skin cancers.
Dr McLean said the number in Australia of people reporting acne had risen steadily for more than a decade.
He said it was “unlikely” that the pandemi virus was the cause of acne.
It may have been the combination of factors, but it certainly isn’t the first thing that we think of when people think of this sort of thing.
Dr McLean also said there was “no reason” to think the pandemaker virus was causing acne.
“What we do know is that acne is a serious and serious problem,” he said.
“It’s a serious problem because it can have serious consequences for people.”
He urged people to keep their acne under control and that if they did develop acne, it would likely be under control within a few weeks.
However, it was possible that some people could have more than one underlying disease, and that the increase in acne reported could have been caused by other factors.
The NHMCC said in Australia, people with inflammatory conditions were less likely to seek treatment for acne than people without inflammatory conditions.
Health professionals should be vigilant in identifying people with acne who may have an underlying condition, Dr McLeod said.
“We don’t know for sure, but we don’t think it’s something to be ignored,” he told reporters on Tuesday.
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