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Acne is the bane of people all over the world. The primary reason for this is that it’s considered disfiguring and something that retracts from cosmetic perfection. There is a lot of misinformation as to why some people develop acne and others do not. The reasons range from diet and skin type, to atmospheric conditions and bacteria. The exact reason is a combination of these factors, with the relative importance of each factor varying from individual to individual.

P.Acnes is one of the micro-organisms that are implicated in the breakout of acne. It requires anaerobic conditions to flourish, such as those found in blocked sebaceous glands. These infect the glands and then play a role in the formation of pimples and acne.

It is not uncommon for a pimple or an acne breakout to get infected and become inflamed. The clinical symptoms that are associated with such a reaction are similar to that seen in cellulitits.

There is redness, swelling, pain and the area is tender to touch. In fact, the entire reaction seems much more widespread than the original pimple itself. The micro-organism associated with such a reaction is from the staphylococcus species. Most commonly it is Staphylococcus aureus.  

Is Inflammation Bad?

Inflammation is a protective response to any foreign body invasion, like Staphylococcus infection in the case of infected acne. It is essential to our survival and forms the backbone of our defense mechanism. However, there are times when this inflammation can be over-enthusiastic and result in collateral damage to the normal healthy structures of the body.

This is when your doctor will prescribe you anti-inflammatory drugs to help resolve the situation.

An allergic reaction to one of the substances being applied to the skin can also trigger a strong inflammatory response from the body. Care should be taken to ensure that any new cosmetic or bathing products being used are discontinued immediately. If the response subsides after this, then a visit to the doctor to test for potential allergies is also a good idea since it will safeguard you from further outbreaks in the future.

Treatment For Infected Acne

The treatment for an infected pimple or acne depends upon the severity of the issue. Most often the inflammatory response is mild and resolves on its own over a period of a few days. In those cases where there is a lot of swelling, redness or even some pus formation, then a course of antibiotics is recommended. A course of amoxicillin is recommended to act against Staphylococcus infection, while a short course of tetracyclines helps in clearing away the acne break out.

An anti-inflammatory drug may or may not be added as an adjunct alongside to help speed up the process of recovery.

Other precautions may include not applying makeup or any other kind of cosmetic substance on the skin. It is a good idea to keep the skin clean and to make sure you are eating nutritious food, and are exercising regularly so that the body is able to return to its optimum level of functioning sooner.  

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