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What is the remedy for back/shoulder acne? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 20-Jul-2014
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User:Hi Doc, I have a couple of questions
Doctor:Proceed with your query
User:1. What is the remedy for back/shoulder acne?
User:it looks like pimple in shoulders and chest..
User:Any prescription of tablets for that?
Doctor:When you say acne, I presume you have lesion on the body that are cystic/nodular and are recurring.
Doctor:Do you mean to say you have such recurring skin condition
Doctor:or you have a single nodular one time occurring skin lesion?
Doctor:Has it been diagnosed as acne?
User:didn't consult any dermatologist.. but it looks like
User:the symptoms as seen in this pic
Doctor:Do you have those skin lesions recurring?
Doctor:If yes since when are you having it?
Doctor:Since when are you having it?
User:the no of acnes are not as much shown in the link
User:but less, i think for past 2-3 years
Doctor:Let me answer this question.
Doctor:Acne of any form is a chronic condition.
Doctor:Treatment modality is basically preventing active acne from coming back.
User:okay, what that would be?
Doctor:Since they involve the back and are multiple, most doctors use antibiotic prophylaxis to treat it.
Doctor:Doxycycline is one such antibiotics that is used.
Doctor:Your local doctor/dermatologist can prescribe this medicine course and monitor it.
Doctor:You may need to be on this antibiotic for 2-6 months duration.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:okay. Are you suggesting me to consult a doctor and not to take this medicine directly?
Doctor:Since we are talking about using this medicines for months, I would like a doctor monitor the treatment.
Doctor:The doctor should look at how you are responding to it and if you are developing side effects.
Doctor:More over these are prescription only medicines which should be prescribed only after physical examination.
Doctor:Therefore yes, it is better to visit a doctor before trying the drugs.
Doctor:Have you followed?
User:okay, thanks.
Doctor:Do you have any more queries?
User:Now Question 2: I heard there are some weight loss pills(typically which will fasten the catabolism rate), Is taht true?
Doctor:There are medicines advertised to act that way. However those drugs are not scientifically proven to be effective.
Doctor:Nor do we know about the safety about those pills.
User:okay, thanks for the XXXXXXX doc
Doctor:Most of those pills contains hormones.
Doctor:Do you have any more questions?
User:nope, and thanks
Doctor:Thanks for visiting me here. Bye for now.
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